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Masaka Vocational Center Hit by Lack of Funds

Boaz Kamanyi, the Deputy Principal Masaka Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, says they are finding it difficult to operate since Uganda Society for Disabled Children USDC, which used to fund their activities withdrew support following the expiry of their partnership about two years ago.
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Masaka Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre-MVRC is on the verge of collapse due to lack of funding. Masaka Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1983 to provide skills to youths with special needs from Masaka, Kalangala, Sembabule, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Lyantonde, Kalungu and Rakai districts.

 

 

However, administrators of the Center, say they are facing financial constraints. Boaz Kamanyi, the Deputy Principal Masaka Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, says they are finding it difficult to operate since Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC), which used to fund their activities withdrew support following the expiry of their partnership about two years ago.

 

 

Uganda Society for Disabled Children had partnered with Masaka district local government to sponsor disabled children to acquire various vocational skills for their sustainability. According to Kamanyi, currently Masaka district allocates Shillings 1.8 million to the center on a quarterly basis, which he says too little to run the center, yet students don't fees.

 

 

He says as a result of the inadequate funding, they are compelled to limit their admissions despite the enormous need in the community, which evident from the number of applications they receive.

 

 

 

 

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Kamanyi also says that although government pays the instructors, it is not equipping the center with the required facilities.

 

 

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Juliet Nalubwama, the Computer Instructor at the school says her department is ill equipped to offer the required training to students. She says besides faulty computers, the department lacks basic machines such as printers, scanners and photocopiers among others.

 

 

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Abd Alfred Otto, the Knitting Department Instructor, says the center has abandoned its scheme of providing students with start-up kits to help them establish themselves which is likely to affect the sustainability of the attained skills.

 

 

Miiro Michael, the Masaka District Rehabilitation Officer says he is trying his best to source a potential funder who can help the district sustain the Centre.

 

 

Lillian Musisi, the Senior Community Development Officer Masaka District, says her office is trying to lobby the district council to increase funding to the Centre as well lobby other district in the region to commit some funds to the Centre.

 

 

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Each student at the Centre requires at least Shillings 400,000 per term.