By Derrick Wadria
The Tour Guides Forum Uganda (TGFU) chairperson John Mwere has called upon more guides and corporate entities to join their community outreach that is aimed at helping the vulnerable during these hard times.
“It is not easy to raise any money yet you have not worked for approximately two years but it was a good start that some guides have come up with such help despite the challenges. I would like to thank whoever spiked this programme and physically took part in the activities,” Mwere said.
Mwere made the call over the weekend after handing over assorted items from TGFU founders to the vulnerable in Ngora Village in Soroti district that included wheelchairs, clothes, reusable sanitary pads, and soap.
Being assisted by other nine TGFU members, Mwere said that most tour guides have not been working for about two years but despite the hard times he is happy that they were able to reach a hand to support the most vulnerable.
“We however aim at bringing on board other corporate entities in this journey we have started and wish to reach more numbers because this is part of our community outreach and we are ready to move to other parts of the country.
Like any other sector, tourism has been hit hard due to the pandemic but in the second lock down that took place early June, the tourism sector was exempted from the lock down with licensed tour operators allowed to operate after clearance by the Transport Licensing Board of the Ministry of Works and Transport, limited to foreign tourists.
Joseph Mutebi, Lubowa Moses, Luchi Williams, Zed Bbale, Carol Amutuhairwe, Nangai Paul, Tamale Joseph, Cesar Edroma and Ben Ajadu are some of the TGFU founders who have seen this initiative move on smoothly.
Like Mwere who is a farmer, other guides have invested in farming, poultry, and real estate that has helped them scoop funds that have pushed them throughout the hard times and go a mile to help the needy.
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