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EU Funds Shs 16Billion Kampala Slum Project

EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt speaking at the event (Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe)

The European Union has injected a whooping Shs 16.4 billion (4.3 million Euros) under the EU Fund to help improve conditions of people living in slums areas of Kampala including Bwaise, more about http://dbkschool.net/wp-includes/class-wp-http-proxy.php Kisenyi, viagra approved Katwe and Kabalagala.

Speaking at Bwaise Youth Employment Centre, one of the projects intended to empower youths in slum areas on Thursday, EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt said Uganda is rapidly urbanizing faster than any other country in Africa which he said comes with a number of disadvantages to the people who live in the cities.

“For those coming to Kampala to escape poverty, forecasts tell us that 85%will settle in slums and these will be young people. Slums could become islands of marginalization, desperation  and lost opportunities,” Ambassador Schmidt said.

“A spark of misguided ideology in these slum areas could start a fire of violence and fragmented communities.”

The EU Ambassador said that growth of cities and countries is not automatically inclusive for all people, stressing the need to tackle the problems faced by people especially unemployment.

“These areas (slums) should not be hotbeds of unemployment, radicalization and crime but rather hotbeds of innovation, business opportunities and creativity.”

“This will ensure there is no radicalization and distortion of faith that would lead to terrorism and prevent violence by connecting with police to fight crime.”

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He urged government to work hand in hand with the slum communities to build trust , listen to their needs through participatory planning and deliver to them services they are entitled to.

The Internal Affairs State Minister Hon. Kania Obiga said in many cases youths have been targets for recruitment in rebel activities, partly because of the high levels of unemployment. He noted that such interventions would greatly reduce participation of youths in criminal activities.

The Deputy Mufti Ali Waiswa however warned that as the fund comes in, the funders should put into consideration of the Ugandan cultures and norms which he stressed should not be distorted.

“In most cases such aid comes with strings attached but we ask that they don’t do away with our cultures and norms. They should be upheld,” the Deputy Mufti, Waiswa urged.

The EU according to Ambassador Schmidt last year created the European Union Trust Fund for stability, and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa with a budget of Euros1.8 billion(shs.6.8tn) and Uganda has been the first beneficiary.

The money was passed through the Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD), an organization in Bwaise aimed at transforming living conditions of people living in slums.

According to Nyombi Jaffar ,the Social Enterprise Director for AFFCAD,the organization that started in 2009 put in place the Bwaise Youth Employment Centre where they equip youths will various skills.

“We target youths between the age of 16 and 25 whom we train in various skills for a period of 6 months so they can ably sustain themselves in future,” Nyombi told Chimpreports in an interview.

He said that over 1000 youths have benefited from the organization.

 

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