The Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) has donated 50 life jackets to safeguard pupils of Little Angels Primary School and Orphanage located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale district.
Members of AUTO, a body that brings together the private sector players in the tourism sector, were in Kabale on Monday where they engaged tour operators on professionalism and sustainable tourism development. The team was led by the AUTO Chairman, Everest Kayondo.
The meeting which was held at Cephas Inn Kabale was attended by over 100 tour companies from the districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri and Kanungu; as well as local leaders, representatives of the tourism police from within the area, district tourism officers and tourism investors.
Later, the Board and Management of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators visited Little Angels Primary School and Orphanage near Lake Bunyonyi which has over 400 pupils.
There, they held a talk with the school leaders about the importance of inculcating an appreciation of the environment in their lessons for the children and the need to protect their unique heritage.
During the visit, AUTO donated 50 additional lifejackets on behalf of all members of the association, in addition to 600 plates and cups to the students
Half of the students’ community and some of the teachers have to cross the deep lake every morning and evening, yet only a few of them wear life jackets.
Crossing the lake on wooden canoes every day presents life threatening risks including death. There have been regular incidents of death by drowning on Lake Bunyonyi in the recent past whose outcomes would have been different had those sailing been wearing life jackets.
The visiting team from AUTO also planted some trees.
The Little Angels Needy Children & Orphan Project was formed and operates in the Bufuka area of the Kabale district. The project cares for needy children with the aim of preserving the life and promoting the well-being of orphans and needy children in the Bufuka area.
The primary income source of the Little Angels Project is cash donations given by tourists. It receives limited support and enjoys a constructive relationship with the local school and church.
Founded in 2011 by 24-year-old Duncan Musinguzi Nelson, the project is committed to improving the lives of the children, and offering them an education and a higher standard of living.