Fate of 100 children hangs in balance as officials wrangle over NGO funds
Jinja – 2, September 2021: More than 100 orphans and other vulnerable children that for years had been receiving support from donors through Mupenzi Children’s Home in Wanyange, Bugembe Town Council in Jinja City hangs in balance over financial impropriety.
This is after it emerged that some of the administrators of the not-for-profit NGO tried to change the name to Mupenzi Foundation and account where funds from donors were usually sent to support the children.
‘…while the name and account of the organization were changed in papers, the actual activities being implemented are in the same premise using the name of the same children,” credible sources have revealed.
There are allegations that some officials, conniving with a foreign national tasked with the duty of mobilizing funds from donors abroad has diverted money to his personal organizations.
Sources say trouble erupted over accountability of the shs400m the donors send annually to support the children but some officials have not properly accounted for.
Franciscan Borel Germain commonly known as Quico who has been the main fundraiser for Mupenzi Children’s home denies the claims, saying he has nothing to do with the orphanage anymore.
The area authorities say they are worried over the development which has now put to risk the lives and future of the children who have known the orphanage as their home.
‘…we as local residents are concerned that some people have mishandled the project which has caused concern on where these poor homeless children will go…,’ some residents led by Jackson Bogere (6miles) expressed fears.
Mupenzi means (love in Kiswahili). It started way back in the early 2000s and has been caring for orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with education, health care and a safe environment in which they also get life skills to become self-sustaining at adult age.
It’s reported that the pioneer coordinator of the organization, Stella Kulabira purportedly resigned but continues to illegally run the organization purposely to fleece the donors of their money.
However, Kulabira distanced herself from the organization, saying she is now doing her own personal project away from the children’s NGO.
‘…I don’t work with them, so call the concerned officials in the organization for whatever information you want…,’ Kulabira said before hanging up in a telephone interview with TND News.
The issue which is now a subject under police investigations at the Jinja CPS has caused a lot of concerns to the local authorities and residents who fear the children who have nowhere to go will suffer.