By Moses Muwulya, Communications Officer
It has been all joy and excitement as Kitovu Mobile held a review meeting and official launch of the grandmothers and Orphans and other vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Lwankoni sub county, Kyotera District. The project was enrolled in the neighborhood last year. This followed phasing out a similar program in Kirumba sub county,still in Kyotera District, leaving grandmothers and OVC empowered to take care of the grandchildren under their care.
One hundred grannies and 100 OVC were selected last year basing on the level of vulnerability. These are grouped into solidarity groups and through these groups, the grannies will go through three solid years of socio-economic empowerment. Grannies will be taught about saving, backyard farming, food security, nutrition, as well as running income generating activities- like piggery, poultry, making hand crafts, snacks like chapattis and pancakes, among others, so as to provide for their basic home needs and be able to save in their groups.
During the launch, grannies received free medical services as medical care where grannies go treatment for many medical conditions especially age-related ones.
Grannies received hoes to support them in farming and boost food security as OVC received scholastic materials including books and pen to keep them in schools.