GRACE VILLA @10: Bishop Magezi Urges Christians to Safeguard Children for Divine Blessings

By Obed Kankiriho

KABALE – The Bishop of North-west Ankole Diocese in Ibanda District, Amos Magezi has asked Christians to protect children against any harm if they are to inherit God’s blessings.

Bishop Magezi said this today in his sermon in Kabale district as the main celebrant in a Thanksgiving ceremony for Gracevilla, a home for vulnerable girls.

Grace villa, is celebrating 10 years of existence and since it’s establishment in 2013.

Over 200 vulnerable girls in Kigezi Sub-region and the neighbourhood have been reached out to with support in Education, feeding and day-today survival

Before today’s Thanksgiving, there was a cleaning exercise in Kabale town, a marathon, Soccer and golf tournament, all in line with Celebrating 10 years of Gracevilla. In all the activities, Bishop Magezi has been the Main Celebrant.

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Some of the areas that were cleaned are around Butobere road, Butobere Junction stage, Kigongi streets, Skyline, Kicollege, Rwakaraba, Eso, Central town, Garage Street, Owino market among others.

 

The founder of the organization, Ruth Ndyabahika told our reporter after the activity that they partnered with locals and administrators of Bishop Barham University, Nyabikoni Secondary School, Kabale Trinity College, who gave them Students who helped in cleaning the areas.

Ndyabahika said that the cleaning of the town is a demonstration to the public on how they should protect the environment.

She expressed concern over how people litter in public places, especially plastic bottles and polythene bags, saying that people should know that the littering of garbage everywhere will have a negative impact on the young generation, since the environment will have been destroyed.

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The girls’ home will later today hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a resource centre aimed at improving the skills of vulnerable girls and later in the evening, a movie that was produced by the girls from this home will be premiered.

Ndyabahika says that over the past decade, Grace Villa-home has provided support to more than 400 vulnerable girls, currently caring for 215 of them.

 

“These girls have been referred to the organization by the probation office, police, and members of the community, as well as those who directly approach their office seeking adoption”. She Said.

Despite their achievements, Ndyabahika emphasized that approximately 200 cases of pending adoption highlight the pressing issue of limited resources.

The expenses associated with providing education, meals, and healthcare to the children are substantial. Ndyabahika shared a particularly challenging moment during the organization’s history when they were forced to leave their previous location due to issues with the landowner.

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However, through successful fundraising efforts, they were able to raise over 600 million shillings and purchase a new house where they currently reside.

Ndyabahika expressed gratitude for reaching this significant milestone of 10 years and invited the public to join them in the celebration.

 

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