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Bobi Wine and Joanita Kawalya join Ka Tutandike as Goodwill Ambassadors

Uganda’s famous Ghetto President Bobi Wine and Afrigo’s first lady Joanita Kawalya have pledged to support and endorse the valuable work of Ka Tutandike Uganda that focuses on improving lives of children and their mothers who work in urban markets under conditions of extreme poverty and hardship. The artistes will contribute their talents and celebrity status to steer strategic partners towards raising awareness on the issue of poverty, early childhood needs and care for children in urban markets.

As a socially responsible person, social activist, husband and a father - Bobi Wine supports his community whenever he has an opportunity.  He has not lost sight of his roots and has experienced the harsh life of ghetto living in Kamwokya, as the son of a single mother. He says “I am honoured to be asked to assist Ka Tutandike and create awareness and sensitization of the. Children living in extreme poverty in the Kamwokya market and the real difficulties faced by the single mothers who struggle to provide a better life for their children. This has been a neglected group for so long and its very inspiring to be associated with Ka Tutandike as they have a genuine interest and a long term strategy to improving the lives of my people”.

Hailing from a musical family, Joanita Kawalya is a well loved musician and a dedicated social activist and an opinion leader in Uganda. Over many years she has taken an active role in advocating for the girl child, against domestic violence, environmental protection and HIV prevention. This year she was nominated as the most prominent women achiever in the Ugandan music scene since independence. Joanita first saw the sad plight of mothers and children in the markets when she visited the Kamowkya market with the CEO of Ka Tutandike Uganda, Beatrice Were. It opened her eyes to see how the lack of any options and services in the markets gave them no choice but to put their children at risk by bringing them to work with them. These mothers had to struggle to make a living in the market so that they could feed their children. Joanita sees this situation as being critical and need of attention. She said, “ people at policy level don’t know what happens on the ground and they have very limited vision about the challenges the poor women and their children face in the markets. The way that Ka Tutandike works with the market communities is so inspiring, and in particular how they are empowering the women with new skills and training to get new sources of income through promoting ‘dignity instead of dependency’. I feel very privileged to be supporting Ka Tutandike and raise awareness all over Kampala”.

For further information please contact Susan Asio, Programme Coordinator