First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni with the H.E.L.P International officials from Colorado USA after their meeting at State House Nakasero

FIRST LADY APPRECIATES H.E.L.P INTERNATIONAL

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has appreciated the work being done by H.E.L.P (His Everlasting Love Prevails) International non-profit organization to empower the communities of Masese in Jinja District.

H.E.L.P International which is a faith based organization based in Colorado Denver USA established a branch in Uganda located in Masese/DANIDA II village in Walukuba Masese Division in Jinja district in 2006 and has since been working with the communities in the district to make their lives better.

Mrs. Janet Museveni flanked by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza on Tuesday hosted the President of H.E.L.P International Jean Kaye Wilson who was together with her husband and Director of the Organization Don Wilson plus other officials from Colorado and the H.E.L.P International Uganda office including the Country Director Ronny Sitanga.

The team which was led by the MP Jinja West Hon. Moses Balyeku met the First Lady at State House Nakasero to introduce their organization to government and also establish a working relationship with the Ministry of Education.

The First Lady thanked them for willing to travel all the way from America to come and help people in need and contribute to improving people’s welfare. “God is forever looking for people to send and when He gets them you truly see amazing and inspiring stories”, she said adding that if everyone was willing to extend a hand of help to one person in need, then the face of the earth would change.

The MP Jinja West Moses Balyeku reported that H.E.L.P International projects in Jinja have been very supportive to the country by skilling the children and youth and addressing unemployment as well as preaching the gospel.

H.E.L.P International’s President said the organization reaches out to all people regardless of their religious beliefs. She said they are engaged in various community development projects the biggest of which is the H.E.L.P Primary School in Masese with a total enrolment of 460 pupils ranging from Nursery to Primary 7 who all access completely free education.  H.E.L.P International also sponsors 55 children in secondary and vocational institutes.

She said the organization also works with women groups who produce beads locally which are bought from them and sold in the US to improve their income. Approximately 300 million shillings has been paid out to the women for bead making. Other projects include a tailoring school that trains mostly single mothers, motor vehicle mechanics and a driving school for the youth and an ICT center that trains community members with computer skills.

The organization also supports a nursery school feeding program at Kisima Island on Lake Victoria in Jinja, clean water projects in Musima and Wanyange villages in Jinja and albinos and the disabled in Jinja and the neighbouring areas.

The ICT trainings are for whoever is interested in Jinja district and H.E.L.P International wishes to partner with government to promote computer aided learning to help children improve learning.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Alex Kakooza pledged more engagement with the organization to enable them achieve their goal. He also pointed out the need for coordination of all stakeholders introducing ICT packages in the Education sector.

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