By Arinda Nsheeka Wilfred
Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner, George Bakunda has revealed plans to carry out family assessment exercise in order to ascertain the poverty index levels in the district.
Speaking on Friday to the congregation at the handover of Heifers to five women groups under the project ‘Caring Hearts’ at Keijengye –Kitembe in Ntungamo sub county Ruhaama county Ntungamo district, Bakunda said this will help to determine how many people have embraced commercial farming.
He noted that for government to realize Vision 2040 and a middle income status by 2020, all Ugandans must have tangible income generating projects to jump the poverty line.
Bakunda also commended the founders of Caring Hearts, especially Dorothy Mbabazi for lobbying for her people in Ntungamo District and for being vision bearers. He urged other Ugandans abroad to work and remember their country.
The ‘Caring Hearts’ is an American NGO based in many countries including Uganda and its branch in Ntungamo district aimed at empowering rural people to eradicate poverty especially women.
The Ntungamo sub county chairperson, Mwesigye John Katooma, appealed to all women to jealously look after cows given to them in order to serve its purpose of fighting poverty amongst families.
Mwesigye hailed the women for joining such groups as the way to be economic independent rather than depending to their husbands.
The coordinator Caring Hearts, Pamela Katusiime commended the director, Dorothy Mbabazi for considering and lobbying for them which has enabled them to acquire skills, knowledge and wealth through trainings.
Katusiime highlighted various enterprises under Caring Hearts including apiary, fish farming, Health Unit, adult education and caring for elders among others.
The manager Caring Hearts Majidu Bagyega promised them that the project will be enrolled to entire District very soon such all people can develop at the same pace.
He thanked women for fully participating In the project and assured them of veterinary doctor, drugs and other technical advice.
Atleast five women groups of Keijengye, Kitembe, Nyaburiza ,Nyakateete and Migyera received each a heifer from Caring Hearts.
Other speakers were Moses Katono, Rubarema Aaron and Karuhanga Laban.