By Sulah Kagugube
Entebbe journalists extend relief items to a marginalized widow, a one Harriet Namuyanja a mother of 3 who crossed the paths of distinguished Journalists while they were on duty at the RDC’s office last month.
The widow’s first born Charles (12 year old) was critically ill with an abcess that covers over 45% of the young man’s head. The Journalists with Katabi Mayor Ronald Kalema were able to gather funds to carter for the much needed surgery.
Harriet Namuyanja is a resident of Bukaya, Nalugala Parish in Katabi Town Council where she does petty chores to sustain her children and this doesn’t seem to work.
This Widow inhabits a makeshift structure with her 3 children where we found her going about her daily business of quarrying in order to construct her own home.
Namuyanja was identified by Mrs Shanita Nabwabye Ggayi a journalist working with Pearl Fm and Founder of Habitat4Growth Uganda and the latter was able to mobilize fellow Press members and other members of the general public through their Non-profit Organisation – Habitat4Growth Uganda.
Ssempijja Godfrey who works with Vision Group also a Director at Habitat4Growth Uganda,urged all journalists to not only stop at covering such stories but go an extra mile and reach out to the vulnerable and marginalized citizens out there.
“This is the right time for journalists to also involve themselves in giving and helping the marginalized instead of calling up other people to react.” Ssempijja says
According to Trevor Lutalo Who doubles as a Journalist and the Executive Director at Habitat4Growth Uganda says they came across Namuyanja at the RDC’s office a couple weeks back, while she sought pleadingly for help to take her son Charles for proper treatment.
“I was displeased when we reached her home,this forced us to go back and cordinate with our friends to have this relief……We sometimes fail to realize how abundantly the Lord has blessed us and it’s time we chipped in for humanity “Lutalo adds.
Ronald kalema the mayor Katabi town council pledged to take up her Charles and pay his school fees until the completion of studies, “the best basic need is to have education”,Kalema said.
He called up parliamentarians to start thinking about the vulnerable people and proper planning to have better education and good health facilities such as goveronment hospitals,and schools to enable people at all levels to access basic needs.
The delivered relief items to this marginalized family include mattresses, food and other essential items needed in order to sustain life.
The list of partners includes Gaviez Juice Bar Kitala, Little Me Kindergarten Katabi, Mayor Ronald Kalema, Ms Juliet Nakamya, Ms Zurah Nanjego, Journalists, Media Lab Entebbe, Entebbe Post, and a few others who preferred anonymity.
The projected is expected to yield more fruit, and also help a target of over 1000 families through Habitat4Growth Uganda. And they are currently fundraising to construct a proper decent home for the family.
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