Centenary Bank and the National Housing and Construction Company have today handed over Shs40 million and Shs20 million respectively to the Rotary Club of Kampala North towards the construction of the Vijana Poa Youth Centre.
Handing over the dummy cheque to PDG Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, the brains behind the project, Mr Fabian Kasi, the Centenary Bank Managing Director, applauded the initiative, saying its purpose falls in line with the bank’s objectives.
“At Centenary Bank, we pride ourselves in upholding our community commitment though donations like this to help make a difference in the community we serve as a financial institution. We are a bank that has stood out to support the youth. We look at the plight of youth unemployment as an opportunity to take part in building this nation’s future, and we shall continue looking for partners to work with,” said Mr Kasi.
Commenting on the donation, PDG Nsibirwa said, “We are thrilled with this generous gesture from Centenary Bank, a bank with a long tradition of service to the needs of communities in Uganda. It means a great deal to us to have Centenary Bank’s support in fulfilling our mission in the greater communities we both serve.”
“Members of the Rotary Club of Kampala North believe that each person, regardless of circumstances or background, deserves an equitable opportunity for achieving their full potential,” said Margaret Nakanjako Njeri, president of the Rotary Club of Kampala North, adding, “We rely on our diverse and high quality membership, whose national and international networks have facilitated the growth of these projects.”
The Vijana Poa Centre is part of the wider project that will also have a demonstration school with entry at the primary and pre-primary level operating on the standard curriculum of the Ministry of Education. The school will also use the Vijana Poa Center as a resource. The center will not only offer training to youth from outside, but also providing the same training at graduated levels to primary and secondary school students
The first phase of the project will cost more than $1.5 million.
About Rotary Vijana Poa
Rotary Vijana Poa is a broad based youthful project that is meant to mobilize, inspire and empower youth to engage them into work and realize their potential thereby curbing the increasing unemployment levels in Uganda and Tanzania. Rotary Vijana Poa brings together change agents and well-wishers from the rotary fraternity to help youth to be able to develop their skills, talents and abilities enabling them to create more jobs and employment opportunities for other youth.