From the left: UAE Ambassador to Uganda H.E Abdullah Mohammed Al Takkawi, First Lady and Education Minister Hon. Janet Museveni and an official from the UAE at the meeting at State House Nakasero.


The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs Janet Museveni has welcomed the pledge by the United Arab Emirates Government towards supporting interventions by the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO) in the areas of vulnerable children, refugees and women economic empowerment.

The First Lady met a special delegation from the United Arab Emirates which called on her at State House Nakasero on Wednesday.

The delegation was sent by the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibraheem Al Hashimy as a follow up of her   discussion with the First Lady during the recently concluded Refugee Solidarity Summit in Uganda.

The delegation which has been in Uganda since Sunday on a humanitarian mission was accompanied to the meeting by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Uganda H.E Abdullah Mohammed Al Takkawi

They among other issues discussed providing support towards vulnerable children in refugee settlements and the host communities, street children and economic empowerment of women.

The First Lady thanked the United Arab Emirates Government for the support they plan to extend to UWESO and the refugees in Uganda. She said UWESO has done a lot of work with orphans and vulnerable children in the country for many years and is also now engaged in rehabilitating the street children.

She appreciated the support UAE intends to give the vulnerable and people in difficult circumstances in Uganda noting that it would contribute towards building a stronger and better nation.

The UAE delegation included Khalifa Mubarak Salim Dalmouk Alketbi the head of Humanitarian Aid Coordination and Response Section, Elwaleed Mohamed Albashir Elobeid the Expert, Partnerships and Bilateral Assistance Section, plus Abdulraheim Obeid Saeed Alfalahi and Mohamed Shaban Bukenya.

They said supporting vulnerable children and women empowerment is in line with the UAE Government’s priorities and they will work with UWESO to empower women and vulnerable children and also work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support the refugee response in Uganda.

The delegation had earlier visited UWESO Masuliita Children’s Village and interacted with the children who are currently undergoing rehabilitation. They were also introduced to the programs carried out in Masuliita Children’s Village which include vocational training, organic agricultural practices, women’s economic empowerment and psychosocial support services.

The UAE delegation was impressed by UWESO’s community based approach to child protection and economic strengthening of households and it committed to scaling up UWESO’s Community Based Model on Children within the Government of Uganda’s Social Protection Framework.

UWESO’s Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Aguti informed the meeting about their proposed project of Advancing Rights and Opportunities to Vulnerable Children that will be implemented in 5 Districts including Wakiso, Masaka, Mbarara, Isingiro and Napak

Other members from the UWESO family who attended the meeting included the Board Chairperson Mabel Kiggundu, Head of Programs Silvanus Turyamwijuka and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager Harmson Opira Kiteze.

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