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Former Drug Addict Transforms Lives of Vulnerable Children in Kamwokya

“In adolescent girls, we aim at skills development and we train children at our training center known as CHUSA School of beauty, where we equip them with hairdressing skills. Also, children with disabilities are also trained in different income generating activities depending on their level of disabilities, which has helped over 20 Children with disabilities-CWDs to get skills and be helpful in their families,” Butimba explained. CHUSA is a Luganda word which means change.
Some children reading in CHUSA Community Library.

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Edward Butimba, a former drug addict is transforming the lives of vulnerable people in Kamwokya, a Kampala city suburb. Butimba is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Arts 256, a Community Based Organization based in Kisenyi 2 Kamwokya that helps vulnerable people especially youth and children.  

According to Butimba, he quit drugs and alcohol when he realized that they had started affecting his health. Having grown up in Kamwokya a ghetto area, he realized that many people were vulnerable and needed help. He says through his organisation they target children, adolescent girls especially school drop outs and single parents. Butimba says they are so much in development via different sports for children like football and netball among others. 

“In adolescent girls, we aim at skills development and we train children at our training center known as CHUSA School of beauty, where we equip them with hairdressing skills. Also, children with disabilities are also trained in different income generating activities depending on their level of disabilities, which has helped over 20 Children with disabilities-CWDs to get skills and be helpful in their families,” Butimba explained. CHUSA is a Luganda word which means change.

Creative Arts 256 also helps single parents to access loans to start business so as to support their families.  At the beginning of 2020, with the help from the Rotary club of Najjera, Butimba opened a community library in Kamwokya to help children access reading materials during the lock-down.   The library attracts over 30 children each day. Butimba, who was once a musician, says the CHUSA library shall birth a kindergarten to render more learning services to children in the community.

Luganda byte

//Cue: “Tulina emirimo mingi…


 

Cue…nadala my community yaffe”//

Asia Aseru, a teacher from Happy Honey academy, who helps children read books, says that when she opens the library in the morning, parents start sending children and this has helped them remain relevant in the community.  

//Cue: “sometimes you can …

Cue…come and stay here”//

Sources of Income

Butimba told URN that Creative arts 256 gets money from well-wishers towards the cause.

Beneficiaries speak out

Rona Leticia Nabbosa, one of the beneficiaries of CHUSA beauty salon who graduated on December 13th, 2020 appreciates the services by creative arts 256, saying this is a blessing because many vulnerable girls got skills and are able to earn a living. Nabbosa, who is a form two student of Luweero Progressive School, says she desires to be a lawyer and the hairdressing skills will help her to attain her dreams.  

//Cue: “and I have been…

Cue…pencil, Swahili, twist”// 

Rita Nantongo is a mother of two children who have benefited from some of the projects at creative art 256. ‘’My children have learnt how to read books, the youngest boy joined the library when he did not know how to write, he can now read and write, this is a great contribution towards this community” Nantongo said.    

Peter Kirumira, who has spent two years in CHUSA football team, told URN that he has benefited and is one of the good players on the team. He says if it was not CHUSA, he would be a bad boy smoking Marijuana in the community. He is a senior one student of Kololo high school.

Luganda byte

//Cue: “Mukusooka ngasinayingila mu…





Cue…team makes bange abalala”//

On December 13th, 2020 over 25 students graduated after completing different such as hairdressing, art crafts, soap making and sewing among others.