Uganda Wildlife Authority management and staff on Wednesday donated assorted items including foodstuffs, drinks and clothes to the Missionaries of the Poor who look after over 400 disadvantaged children and young adults in Kisenyi and Busega homes, in the outskirts of Kampala.
The UWA team was led by the Executive Director, flanked by the director for Tourism and Business Services, Mr. Raymond Engena, Human Resources Manager, Mr. Chris Mwesiimo and the Public Relations Manager, Ms Lillian Nsubuga among others. Dr. Andrew Seguya who was received at the Bethlehem home by the in charge, Brother Sonny Borras, said Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is happy to associate with Bethlehem Home by providing food items with the babies and young people that are being looked after at this home.
“One of UWA’s main objectives and goals is to share with the communities the little money that we collect from our activities in the national parks. Last year, we were able to donate food and scholastic materials to the Missionaries of the Poor in Kisenyi and therefore contributed to improving the welfare of those children”, said UWA’s Chief Executive Officer.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is a semi-autonomous government agency responsible for managing the wildlife and protected areas of Uganda. We manage 10 national parks and 12 wildlife reserves located in different national parks. Dr. Seguya said Uganda Wildlife Authority is keen to ensure that Ugandans share in the benefits that accrue from having wildlife in our country. We have the Revenue Sharing policy whereby we give 20 percent of annual revenue from park entry fees to the communities neighbouring the national park. This money has been used to build schools, classrooms, teachers’ houses, health centers, as well as rehabilitate roads and begin income-generating activities.
The much needed food items donated by UWA included sugar, maize flour, beans, rice and soda. “We are aware of the difficulty of putting food on the table for a big number of children given the high food prices on the market. We understand that you have over 206 children here as well as 50 adults; therefore we hope that our donation will go a long way in improving your operations. Under our CSR program, we shall continue to strive that various communities benefit from tourism and wildlife” he promised.
Brother Borras who appreciated the UWA gesture, said some of the children are orphans, victims of accidents, those abandoned by parents due to mental and physical handicap. He said Missionaries for the poor was founded in 1981 by a former priest who used to teach in Boston and has today grown to serve in eight countries. He said it was an uphill task catering for over 400 residents basic needs without any steady sources of income except for donations from philanthropists.