A section of youths in Dokolo County North, Dokolo district under their umbrella local organisation, Union of Youth Against Poverty (UYAP) on Thursday lifted high the flag for “Life on Land” under Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG 15) of 2015 -2030.
The event took place in their office located in Dokolo Town under the theme: “Skills for Transformation”.
The initiative’s target is changing lives of more than 1,000 youths between 18-35 years of age.
The project aimed at imparting skills to the youth especially in tailoring; geared towards enhancing livelihoods of school dropout in the district.
Speaking to TND News during the launch, Stella Acen one of the trainees from Bata sub-county says skill practice “must prevail in Dokolo district for lives on land to stand a chance inorder to recover the lost livelihood standard among youths”.
“After insurgency that left all my parents dead in 2003, I could not continue with my studies because I had lost my thought of being a top government worker but now I expect getting skills from UYAP,” Acen narrated.
Nancy Adongo, another trainee encouraged the youths to embrace handwork inorder for them to progress and achieve their dreams.
In his speech to trainees, Jaspher Ouni, the UYAP chairperson appealed to leaders to support the group and make them benefit from United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) grant of 603 billion to Ugandan government in support to Northern Uganda small and medium sized agro businesses.
“We are searching for total support from various offices and we pray that God who has created orphans should help them to unite so that their lives are changed,” Ouni said.
Mr. Ouni applauded Dokolo district Natural Resource Officer, Rajab Epila for his generous input in making sure that he helps UYAP with planting materials (pine tree seedlings) for environmental protection.
Denis Omiji, the project coordinator said that their main objective is to motivate youth with professional excellence, technical skills, and promote their talents.
“Apparently the group is progressing, we have a problem of inadequate sewing machines for effective training of targeted numbers,” Omiji said.
Meanwhile, Abel Okullo the patron of the group in an interview with TND News advised youths to avoid spending money on “unproductive activities such as gambling and illicit drugs which are harmful to human health”.
Union of Youth Against Poverty (UYAP) is a non-profit making youth group formed in 2018 with vision of becoming the Uganda’s leading youth center for skills training and agricultural support organization.
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