Greetings from the Kitega Community Centre, amidst the pandemic we continue to Make it Happen at the Kitega Centre. Thankful for the partnership.
International Deaf Awareness Week 2021
Today the Centre hosts the local District’s Deaf Community Association (BUDAD), registered as a community Based Development organisation. Derrick Musoke, our sign language instructor leads the organisation with the help of his wife Mable. The Centre has now become the home of the deaf community in the region and this is a great opportunity to serve them.
Robert now oversees the Centre’s poultry project, the birds love Robert and they communicate so well, no wonder the egg production has increased Robert enjoys his new role which has also provided a task for him during this lockdown period.
The Centre has remained open to serve the community; reaching out to the children with disabilities and the wider community. The team has tried to provide for the children during this time and continues to counsel parents and guardians of the children to ensure they are safe during this time. Regular homevisits, relief food support, Medical care, conseling are some of the services being provided for the children. The older children with disabilities usually come to the Centre and get involved in some of the activities like carpentry.
The team is also working on several ideas to engage the older children in social enterprises established by the Kitega Centre, giving some of them the opportunity to be employed.
The Centre has been present in different communities during the lockdowns, several community groups affiliated to the Kitega Centre have reached out to the wider community, providing relief to those in need, facilitating community initiatives to curb the spread of covid19, and key has been spreading hope in the most difficult time.
VICOBA groups have been meeting in small numbers working on several projects, some of these have been Inspired by the “Inspire Fund” which was made possible by some of the friends of the centre. The Inspire Fund has encouraged community members to brainstorm new business ideas and replenish some of the promising businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. The raised amount is not sufficient to support all the community groups but it has supported the idea of sustainability during and after the pandemic.
In 2020, the centre was privildegd to reachout with relief items during the lockdown and in 2021 we decided to raise an ‘Inspire Fund” to support community members. The fund has supported projects like:
The Elderly women building project, this project was stated at the end of 2019 by the pioneer vicoba group in Katungulu. Since most of the members are grandmothers and have many grandchildren under their care with little support, the building projects will raise income which can then help meet some key expenses for the members especially in their old age.
Other community groups have invested in machinery to improve output of some of the products provided, rented land for agriculture, poultry and Rabbit farming, Banana Farming among others. The idea of being able to work on something gives our members an opportunity to focus on achieving their goals rather than being let down by the pandemic.
The VICOBA maize mill is producing flour for consumption. The pandemic has meant reduced production because the main some of the key customers have been affected by the lockdown. In the last weeks, the mill was able to acquire a Motorcycle to help reach sellers of corn and ease transport of the supervisory team to the mill. The same Motorcycle also facilitates transport of some of the centre team memebrs as they reachout.
The mill was also able to add a second outlet of Animal feeds on site, this growing business is helping farmers in the area access feeds for their animals and birds easily. A young man with disability is running the sales in this shop. Currently the shop has been setup in the mill office temporarily.
The Mill has also expanded by constructing three addition rooms which are now at wall plate level. The rooms will house the Animal feeds shop, an extra space to store maize and also provide accomodation for a one worker that will have to stay on site.
The Certification process for the VICOBA Flour by the Government is underway, once certified we hope that the flour will be able to reach several markets in the country.
The farming has been inspired by the partnership between the Centre and AGT – a science based company based in Uganda that produces tissue culture banana seedlings. These are effective and provide good yields. Group representatives and farmers gathered at the centre to launch this project at the centre, the AGT CEO donated 600 banana seedlings and over 50 seedling to plant in the demonstration garden at the centre.
The Lawyers at the Centre provide legal aid to the wider community. We have been privileged to host a lawyer at the Centre once a week providing legal advice and representation.
Ebenezer Medical Centre:
The construction was paused at the roofing stage, and this is expected to proceed when conditions allow. The hope was to have the medical centre ready at the end of 2021, unfortunately this has to be delayed because of the prevailing circumstances. The excitement and hope has not been lost in Katungulu, and the team continues to seek partnerships that will accelrate the provisionof services in this Medical Centre.
The Building project to mark the 20 years of the Kitega Centre has stalled for a while, this project is expected to provide more community space at the centre enabling social enterprises like the bakery, tailoring space, sign language unity, Community Library and a Community Hall for events and gatherings.
The Kitega Team
The Team has embarked on internal impact assessment for all the initiatives that the Kitega Centre is involved in. The Impact assessments will involve more time out in the community and this will be an oppoprtunity to spend time with the Kitega Centre benenfiociairies.
In order to ensure that the team is safe, we are providing all the necessary equipment as directed by the Government and their is an opportunity to have the team vaccinated later this month.
The TUWONE project was setup by the Kitega Centre in partnership with the British Association of social workers, thus project has championed sensitisation and awareness on key social issues during the pandemic. The project is finally coming to an end but leaves so many lessons and relevant initiatives that need to continue.