Debrah Zawedde Ssetyabule, the Manager of Entrepreneurship center, says they are operating the workshop in partnership with Uganda Tailoring Association, which is responsible for producing and distribution of government masks in the country. He says they are also targeting the wider market of church founded schools and institutions.
diocese has decided to use one of its biggest conference centers to produce
face masks to generate income for the diocese and create employment for its
flock during the lockdown.
The center is found in the Diocesan Entrepreneurship Center
at Nakanyonyi in Nabbaale sub-county Mukono district and was commissioned by Health
Ministry Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng while touring some of the projects established by
the Right Rev. James William Ssebaggala during celebrations marking his ten
years at the helm of the diocese on Saturday.
The workshop produces 50, 000
face masks each week and employs 75 workers who are currently paid shillings
500, 000 every month.
Debrah Zawedde Ssetyabule, the Manager of the Entrepreneurship center, says they
are operating the workshop in partnership with the Uganda Tailoring Association,
which is responsible for producing and distribution of government masks in the
He says they are also targeting
the wider market of church founded schools and institutions.
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Dr. Acheng was impressed by the quality of face masks
produced at the center and commended the diocese for the initiative. She
advised the clergy to emphasize the importance of wearing face masks whenever
they are ministering to Christians.
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Bishop James William Ssebaggala, said they are temporarily
using the conference center for producing masks since it has been redundant
since the lockdown was announced. The conference hall is often used to train
Christians and lay leaders.
The entrepreneurship center was specifically established
for older persons and retired clergies to engage simple projects to earn a
living. However, in 2018, Bishop Ssebaggala registered it as the diocesan skilling
and vocational center.
Currently, the center produces 200-300 bags of maize per
season, houses a dairy and piggery farm on top of hosting a vocational center.
The diocese has also completed arrangements for setting up a modern pork
abattoir and currently runs a biogas plant from the animal dung.
The retired priest Rev. Canon Steven Kisekka says the developments
have not only earned the diocese money but also saved church land from
grabbers. The diocese has been feuding with residents of Nakanyonyi who
encroached on the land measuring 400 acres.
It has also made several attempts
to evict over 500 occupants but in vain though it has managed to ensure that
there are no new encroachers.