The Deputy Speaker, Rt.Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has challenged individuals, Non-governmental organisations and government agencies to support vulnerable children in Uganda.
While officiating at the commemoration of 30 years of World Vision in Uganda at the Golf Course Hotel on Wednesday, 27th July 2016, Oulanyah said that there is need to provide for support to vulnerable children with basic needs of shelter, food and education.
“I challenge you all to come out and fight for the poor, weak and meek. I thank World Vision which is supporting five million children in Uganda at the moment,”he said.
The Deputy Speaker called for legislation and policy that provides for health, childcare and education of children throughout the country.
“We are looking for partners like World Vision. How much money as a country are we spending on the problems that children have?” he asked.
The Deputy Speaker thanked the World Vision for providing boreholes, building classroom blocks and all the support to the victims of the war in Northern Uganda over the 30 years of existence.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Rosa Malango re-echoed the need to provide good health care to children.
“There is need to improve the health and well being of the young community to improve both their productivity and that of the country,”she said.
Malango called for support towards vocational training if Uganda is to achieve the middle income status by 2030.
“Let us support the youth to use their talent and energy for Uganda’s transformation,” Malango added.
World Vision Uganda started in 1986 as a relief organisation responding to the needs of the victims of the 1981-86 war.
The organisation later focused on supporting reconstruction efforts in the central region through child sponsorships and the demand for rehabilitation of areas in Northern Uganda.