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KITEGA COMMUNITY CENTER, KAMPALA, Uganda

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Address: PO BOX 70258 KAMPALA
KAMPALA, 256  
Uganda
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 5
Number of People Being Served: 100
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Mission Statement


Kitega Community Centre aims at attaining a good standard of living for the disabled children and the people in the area surrounding the project base. We seek to empower those who have been marginalized and underserved, providing them with the knowledge, strategic information, skills, resources and capital necessary to become economically independent and self-sustaining. Our main programs focus on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, vocational and technical training, adult education, and micro-enterprises. Our advocacy programs focus on the special strengths as well as needs of children with disabilities, and we seek to end prejudice and discrimination against all those with disabilities.

Description


Kitega Community Centre is about 40km from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. It is located in Kitega village, Kawolo Sub-county, Mukono District. The neighboring town is Lugazi. Kitega village is a rural area and the main activity in this area is agriculture, which employs a number of people. However, a majority of the population is unemployed and the standard of living remains low. The Kitega Centre was initiated by the Christian Church and was implemented by Rev. Canon Silas Musoke, with the help of the Kingserve Trust in Scotland. From 1999 to 2004 the centre was under the umbrella body of the National Association for the Mentally Handicapped. In 2004 it registered as an independent NGO in Uganda. For a long time, the centre has focused on children with learning difficulties who have been rejected by their parents. The parents believed that the children’s disabilities were linked to curses and evil spirits, and thus many parents overlooked the children’s needs, well-being, and basic human rights. Kitega Community Centre intervened to show that with the proper educational and social-emotional support, children with disabilities can learn the skills to be self-sustaining and to make positive contributions to their families and communities. The centre has achieved positive results by changing the attitude of the community towards such children. Now people look at them with a different perspective. However, there is much that needs to be done to solve the underlying causes of the neglect of children with disabilities, including widespread family unemployment and poverty, illiteracy, and lack of access to quality health services. Kitega therefore carries out many programs that are aimed at improving the living standards and the socio-economic conditions in the community, thereby helping the children and their families to escape from chronic poverty.

Kitega Community Centre is about 40km from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. It is located in Kitega village, Kawolo Sub-county, Mukono District. The neighboring town is Lugazi. Kitega village is a rural area and the main activity in this area is agriculture, which employs a number of people. However, a majority of the population is unemployed and the standard of living remains low. The Kitega Centre was initiated by the Christian Church and was implemented by Rev. Canon Silas Musoke, with the help of the Kingserve Trust in Scotland. From 1999 to 2004 the centre was under the umbrella body of the National Association for the Mentally Handicapped. In 2004 it registered as an independent NGO in Uganda. For a long time, the centre has focused on children with learning difficulties who have been rejected by their parents. The parents believed that the children’s disabilities were linked to curses and evil spirits, and thus many parents overlooked the children’s needs, well-being, and basic human rights. Kitega Community Centre intervened to show that with the proper educational and social-emotional support, children with disabilities can learn the skills to be self-sustaining and to make positive contributions to their families and communities. The centre has achieved positive results by changing the attitude of the community towards such children. Now people look at them with a different perspective. However, there is much that needs to be done to solve the underlying causes of the neglect of children with disabilities, including widespread family unemployment and poverty, illiteracy, and lack of access to quality health services. Kitega therefore carries out many programs that are aimed at improving the living standards and the socio-economic conditions in the community, thereby helping the children and their families to escape from chronic poverty.

Mission Statement: Kitega Community Centre aims at attaining a good standard of living for the disabled children and the people in the area surrounding the project base. We seek to empower those who have been marginalized and underserved, providing them with the knowledge, strategic information, skills, resources and capital necessary to become economically independent and self-sustaining. Our main programs focus on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, vocational and technical training, adult education, and micro-enterprises. Our advocacy programs focus on the special strengths as well as needs of children with disabilities, and we seek to end prejudice and discrimination against all those with disabilities.

Organizational Statement of Faith


Kitega Community Centre is interdenominational and serves all people without prejudice. "SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE" At Kitega Community Centre we believe that the least we can give to the disadvantaged and their suffering is care. Care is something that is not too small to give; with care we are able to accomplish our mission.


Denominational Affiliations


Evangelical Free Church, Methodist, Evangelical, Protestant


Local Affiliation



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