BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021
The Aga-Khan Foundation has begun implementing the Covid-19 response programme, targeting 3,000 youths and more than 2,000 other vulnerable groups in the West Nile districts of Arua, Terego and Arua City.
It is part of the sh37.3 billion (9 million euros) East Africa Covid-19 Response programme implemented in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Sadad Ntambi, the Innovations Coordinator at Aga-Khan foundation, said that in these west Nile districts and the city two pillars of the project would be implemented.
These are – helping the youths to get jobs or create jobs and supporting the vulnerable groups such as women, people with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS.
“This will be done through entrepreneurship training and material and financial support. We shall also give innovation funds to the youth,” Ntambi explained.
He said the purpose is to help the youths and vulnerable groups to devise mechanisms of survival during the harsh conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He indicated that the groups targeted for support are those most affected by the effects of the pandemic.
“Covid-19 is real, it is with us but we have to start looking for economic survival and protect ourselves from the pandemic,” Ntambi asserted.
He said the Arua City task-force would spearhead the monitoring and coordination of the programme activities to ensure that implementing partners do not abuse the project.
The Arua Resident City Commissioner, Martin Oroch pledged that a special committed would be formed, including a five-member media team to specifically monitor the programme and work with the Aga-Khan foundation.
The official launch of the programme is slated for September 3, 2021 at the White Castle hotel.