By Moses Muwulya,Kitovu Mobile Communications Officer
On 15.October,2021, Kitovu Mobile phased out the grandmothers and OVC support project activities in Kabira Sub-county. The project which has been implemented for three years in the area, was then handed over to the sub-county authorities for monitoring the various initiatives established by Kitovu Mobile in a bid to build resilience of grandmothers and OVC under their care.
In 2019,the organization rolled out the project in Kabira enrolling 100 most vulnerable grannies and 100 orphaned grandchildren under their care. These have gone through a number of various empowerment programs for the last three years and they are now resilient to cope with the impact of HIV/AIDS.
Grannies have been helped to cope with grief through bereavement counselling. They have been helped to start saving schemes through solidarity groups. They have accesed medical care through several medical camps. The organization also built new houses for grannies with most deplorable houses as well as giving them income generating activities.
Addressing the gathering, Kitovu Mobile Chief Executive Officer, Robert Yiga, requested the local authorities, to whom the projected was handed over, to take an effort to monitor and support the various initiatives set up by the organization. ” These interventions are intended to improve the livelihood of grandmothers and we appeal to the government to support these initiative through the community development office. They need to be monitored and guided on how to access any kind of support from the government”
He noted that the organization does not discriminate on grounds of religion, tribe or political affiliation while selecting beneficiaries but simply looked at their vulnerability levels and would request the local leaders to the same.