ZOMBO: Paidha town council officials in Zombo district have embarked on the registration of all vulnerable people for informed allocation of the council’s resources and planning in the coming financial year.
The targeted groups of vulnerable people are the widows, the elderly, heads of single families, people with disabilities and those living with HIV Aids.
Speaking to West Nile Web in her office on Friday, Ms Joyce Angala, the community development officer (CDO) Paidha town council noted that data collection will enable the council to connect with NGOs and bring to light the exact number and issues affecting the vulnerable people in the area for proper planning purposes.
She said currently, they are not aware of the number of the vulnerable people within the town council which according to her has jeopardized effective planning process for possible assistance.
“Most of the street kids you see loitering in town mainly come from child headed or households administered by women single handedly. We now want to tackle the challenges in such families so as to address some of the issues affecting such homesteads,” Angala said.
By Friday morning, there were queues of hundreds of vulnerable people mainly women waiting to be registered by the office of the CDO.
One of the widows, Ms Neosita Manano Ongur, 53, a resident of Arutha village in Oturgang ward said she faces a number of challenges including school fees and welfare for the four orphans she takes care of. She however applauded the town council authorities for thinking about them but also appealed to the government to design a specific program for them in order to minimize the challenges they go through.
According to Ongur, in most cases, vulnerable people are not strong enough to take advantage of the various government programs like the Uganda women entrepreneurship program and the popular operation wealth creation (OWC), a reason they need specific support.
Meanwhile Mr John Pascal Wapokra, the chairman Paidha town council said they are trying to look everywhere to see that the vulnerable people are catered for especially in the coming budget.
He said the council can only lobby for the vulnerable when there is available data pointing to the challenges.
The chairman also implored the town dwellers to cooperate with the authorities to avert some of the challenges like the ever emerging cases of street kids in Paidha.