11 illegal children’s homes closed in Kampala
Government has so far closed 11 children homes in Kampala in the ongoing swoop against unlicensed orphanage and children’s homes.
According to the State Minister for Youths and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, there are 20 illegal children’s homes in Kampala.
The Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development listed 569 illegal children’s homes countrywide that were given upto June 30 to close.
With the expiry of the deadline, government started cracking the whip.
Speaking to IntelPost, Nakiwala expressed optimism that the remaining 10 illegal children’s homes in Kampala will close before the week ends.
List of the closed children’s homes
1. Grace Girls Home Lubaga
2. New Jerusalem Hope for the needy Lubaga
3. Chances for Children Lubaga
4. I am Children’s Home Lubaga
5.Bulamu Children’s Home Lubaga
6 African Children of God’s Image Kawempe
7. God’s Mercy Children’s Home Kawempe
8 Abato Journeys of Hope Makindye
9. Doors Ministries Makindye
10. Little sisters of St. Francis Makindye
11. Glory International Makindye
Homes for closure
1.Spend Hope for Girls
2. Spend Hope Boys Home Lubaga
3. Grace Fellowship Girl’s home Lubaga
4. Hope restoration centre kawempe
5. Jajja Kids Africa Lubaga
6. Malayika orphanage children’s home Kawempe
7. Nyumbani ya Watoto Kawempe
8. Kibuli Boys Home Makindye
9. Special Children Special People Makindye
10. Wakisa Ministries Lubaga
The closure of the illegal homes also came with an operation to rid Kampala of street children.
The majority of the street children in are said to have come from Karamoja and deployed by their parents to beg.
To avoid being rounded up and taken to government reception centres at Masuulita in Wakiso district and Koblin in Moroto district, many Karimojong parents have been trekking back home with their children.
“The progress has been so good, since Friday, at least three buses have been leaving Kampala for Karamoja. We are grateful that they heeded to our message to leave the streets,” Nakiwala said.
Nonetheless, government has deployed police personnel at all the street begging hotspots.
“The police are going to be on the look out for any street beggars but also take note of any cars whose occupants will give anything to the street beggars. We have asked them [the police] and the public to report the motorists by calling 116,” Nakiwala said.
Anyone found culpable will be charged for abetting and aiding crime.
The ministry has also bought a brand new car for the Napak district chairman Joseph Lomonyang to monitor the resettlement of the children who are returning to Karamoja under the “back to home campaign for Karamoja Children.”