By Denis Otti
Gulu-Hands Across the World, an organization operating in Gulu district have been directed to stop forthwith further illegal collection of monies from vulnerable parents.
The NGO claims they exist to help children study through education sponsorship, taking off the fees burden from parents.
However, the Gulu district LC5 Chairperson, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi issued the directive on Thursday after many parents had complained to district authorities.
Ojara says some parents who had paid their hard-earned monies to the ostensible NGO stormed his office seeking for help.
“This organization was collecting money illegally as the district is not aware about their existence. They have not signed any Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the district and that bars them from operating in the district until the documents are signed,” Mapenduzi said.
He also blamed parents for rushing to do business with such fake organization, warning them to be watchful as most of the organizations [NGOs], besides violating human rights, have too become fraudsters.
Kwaling David, director in charge legal affairs at Hands Across the World says the shs.25, 000 they collected from each parent is a registration fee for a child the organization is going to pay his or her school fees.
Kwaling told this news website that they have put off all the activities as directed by the district authorities until all procedures are followed.
“We’re not only targeting children but also going to help disabled people, HIV/AIDS victims, orphans and child mothers across the country.
He added their target is to help 15,000 children.
TND News Desk understand that a total of 800 children have been registered with each paying shs.25, 000.
Precisely, they have illegally collected from poor parents shs. 20,000,000, the money they are expected to vomit.