15m raised in a fundraising to accommodate street children

By Sophan Niwamanya

On Monday over Fifteen million shillings were collected in both cash and pledges
towards the construction of offices for Divine Mercy Hospitality and
Rehabilitation Centre, a hospitality and rehabilitation center for street
children in Kigezi Sub-region.
Divine Mercy Hospitality and Rehabilitation Center was established in 2020
by an Italian organization in partnership with the Spiritual Director of
Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Kabale Diocese, Rev Fr Innocent Young
Buregyeya. According to Fr Buregyeya, the center was started with support
from his Italian friends under their Rosa Rossa Foundation after conducting
a survey that showed that domestic violence and poverty are the key factors
that drive children from their homes.
Speaking today at Kabale Municipal stadium in Kabale municipality during
the launch of a fundraising drive for 1.8 billion shillings, which is
needed to construct Center offices, Fr Buregyeya said they have so far
enrolled about 120 street children at  their center in Nyangande Village,
Southern Division of Kabale Municipality, where they are being trained in
brick making, carpentry, tailoring, welding, hospitality, spiritual
nourishment, and plans are underway to enroll them on literacy classes.
Speaking as the Guest of Honor during the function, the Kabale Municipality
Member of Parliament, Dr. Nicholas Kamara blamed the increasing number of
street children in Kabale town to poverty and domestic violence. He
commended Fr Buregyeya for starting up the project aimed at supporting
street children and pledged to continue supporting the Center.