As a way of giving back to the community, a delegation of African American business executives have visited children in Kabaganda in Nangabo sub-county Wakiso district and donated a number of scholastic materials.
The visit was at Prainet Academy Nursery School that is being run by Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU) a registered Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Wakiso District that champions the right to education of children especially the girl child so as to reduce school dropout rates.
The team that visited the school included; Mark A. Hernandez, Michael Broughton and Damiano from Capital Brand and Veronica Gold Smith from Impact Brands Inc.
The team gave children scholastic materials such as; Exercise books, Pencils, Rain Jackets and bought them school uniform with the aim of making their stay at school more comfortable.
They were welcomed by Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU)’s Project Coordinator, Anet Nankya who appreciated them for joining the fight to end girl child drop out of school.
Nankya said children especially girls drop out of school due to a number of factors which when addressed, their stay in school can be guaranteed.
She noted that support from the American investors comes to supplement efforts to fighting the social-economic challenges such as poverty, ignorance, poor parenting, girl marriages which hinder children from accessing education.
According to reports from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Uganda has the highest school drop-out rate for females in East Africa.
The drop-out rate in the country is at 42.8 percent with over half of the number of female pupils that join primary not completing.
Michael Broughton appreciated GCIU for offering to educate the young generation and ensuring that they take care of the dropout mothers through offering them skills in Hair dressing, Tailoring and fashion design among others.
“I am so impressed by what you people are doing, the service you offer is much needed and you should go on; educating the next generation is a guarantee for a brighter future,” Michael said.
The Managing Principal at Impact Brands, Veronica Gold Smith noted that educating a girl child is instrumental in empowering any given society.
“This is so powerful, these young women are being empowered through education which will enable them be the kind of women who makes other women want to up their game. We appreciate you Girl Child Initiative Uganda continue with the tremendous noble work,” Veronica said.
Mark A. Hernandez Sr, the Director of Business Development at Capital Brand said that it is always everyone’s responsibility to give back to those who are in need.
“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to give back a bit today with Capital Brand, Its all our responsibility to care for one another, thanks to Girl Child Initiative Uganda,” Hernandez said.