Gov’t Shuts Down Orphanage


buy more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>God’s Grace Orphanage in Kyebando was put under key and lock on Tuesday by officials from the Gender Ministry, this saying it would be reopened after being properly registered as a children’s home.

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stomach geneva;”>The Ministry also wants to see the managers of the orphanage obtain legal custody of the children with proof of their parental status; a licence from the Ministry of Education to operate a school; a proper management and operational structure desirable of a children’s home; and futuristic plans to decongest and proper accountability measures.

The institution temporarily benefitted from 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation, a strong charity organization in Kampala.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation, reiterated its decision to halt its support to the orphanage basing on the aforementioned grounds, particularly, failure to streamline managerial operations in the home.

“As a registered entity, it is our desire as 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation, to promote proper organisational development and build the capacity of these homes to be able to run professionally and independently,” the statement read in part.

“This closure therefore is not shocking. It is a result of these protracted discussions, and the unwillingness of the management of the orphanage to cooperate in the realisation of the guidelines set by the Ministry,” it added.

“The ultimate objective of our work has always been to ensure that the social security of vulnerable children is given priority. We understand that humanitarianism should be guided by the law. The absence of that at the home forced us to suspend our operations, with the promise that if things were put right, we would return because the children had become our family and they deserve all the love and support they can get.”

The group welcomed governments decision to relocate the children “to the appropriately equipped” Naguru Children’s home.


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