InterChange Uganda lauded over peace

InterChange Uganda has been hailed for its role in incorporating peace into its programmes of activities.

Speaking during a function to bid farewell to a Canadian student, Shannon Davis, the Chairman of Lutengo Local Council, Kasasira Moses Matovu, thanked the InterChange Uganda chapter members for including peace in their list of programmes because there is a lot of conflict in  communities in particular and Uganda in general.

Kasasira Matovu who was the occasion’s guest of honour also praised InterChange – Uganda members for the provision of services to the local community. The farewell function which was punctuated with giving of gifts, prizes and a certificate to Shannon, was also attended by members of InterChange and area residents. The farewell was organized by the Lutego community where Shannon volunteered .

Notable among other people who received prizes was a mother of one of the area residents who had a long standing conflict with her son. Both the old woman and her son hugged each other during the ceremony as a sign of forgiveness and forgetting all about their past differences. This was all reached at courtesy of the InterChange- Uganda efforts.

Shannon Davis, who is a student of Peace and Conflict Resolution at Toronto University in Canada, had been in Uganda on an internship with InterChange Uganda .

InterChange Uganda  is a local community based organization with offices in Lutengo village, Nama Sub County, in Mukono District. It carries out a series of activities, some of which include: promotion of peace, conflict resolution, promotion of human rights and helping orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Other activities include counseling and guidance, computer training and library service.

Kasasira Matovu urged Shannon to make it a priority for total peace to prevail in Uganda after she finishes school.

He urged InterChange Uganda chapter officials to make Lutengo a model village where the rest of the surrounding communities can come to learn from since they do not have services which the former offers. He urged Shannon to invite other partners including Canada to come to Uganda’s rescue since we still have a lot of conflict.

The Chairman of InterChange – Uganda, Issa Kirarira, thanked all the people who attended the function to consider becoming members because their presence meant their commitment.

Kirarira also thanked Kasasira Matovu for having honoured the invitation to attend the function.

He deferred from the earlier claim by the coordinator of InterChange Uganda, Henry Lubulwa, that Interchange Uganda had developed. He attributed much of what their organization has to the good will of InterChange  Canada. The Canadian NGO had aided its Ugandan counterpart with computers and other relevant items.

Lubulwa had in an earlier interview with this writer revealed that InterChange Uganda has intentions to expand on its activities by putting in place a stationary outlet, printer and a photocopier because the area lacks these facilities as well.

He noted that as of now they offer computer training to the community free of charge but only charge some fee for the internet access.

He added that the Lutengo community’s response is positive towards the NGO because they have given their children an opportunity to train with InterChange Uganda.

Shannon said that it was a fortune that she worked and associated with both the InterChange Uganda Chapter and the Lutengo community.

She noted in an interview that InterChange Uganda has a brighter future because the members are dedicated and more branches are being opened up in Mukono and Kampala.

She promised to be InterChange Uganda’s goodwill ambassador while back in her country Canada.

Article written by  Denis Cox Emuria

Comments

  1. Peace building should start with the families.Every time conflicts start at household level ,they affect children from childhood and if they continue to grow up in violent environment ,they will never appreciate the word”peace” for ever much as we try to talk about peace,
    Governments also should introduce PEACE & Conflict subjects right from per-school stage in a simple and friendly teaching method depending on the ages.
    A good example is if we introduced a system of small per-school kids culture of contributing small quantities of the types of foods they eat at home and we cook an every Friday meal called “peace meal” and taught these small children always to share with friends ,families and neighbors, I believe this would impact on them to live in peace with neighbors and Share with them the little they have.
    Peace building is as simple as that when you give it an early approach.
    Early conflict prevention is simply teaching the young ones to avoid conflicts
    Teach children alternatives to violence.Tell them to avoid win-win situations because in any case no human being would want to loose anything be it an argument ,a fight,a battle a case name it all!

    We have to put emphasis on building strong small peace clubs at every local community level that includes sports,drama ,songs and concerts with award/competition system that will be a motivational way of encouraging all age groups to participate/.
    We organize concerts ,sports days and peace dinners that will bring us together and we share all the good things as communities.
    Counseling and guidance centers should be put in place for helping people that need this service-and family outreaches for those that are not comfortable with office arrangement.
    Hope this will help[ us move forward and add more value to human life and make violence free villages

    BUSINGYE JOLLY
    AG/PROJECT MANAGER,
    INTERCHANGE 4 PEACE UGANDA CHAPTER.
    jollynalongo@gmail.com

  2. Denis Cox Emuria says:

    InterChange to mark tolerance day.
    By Denis Cox Emuria
    InterChange4 peace Uganda is to mark this year’s International day of tolerance with a series of activities.
    According to the Coordinator of InterChange 4 Peace Uganda- Lutego-Mukono office Mr Henry Lubuulwa, the celebrations will be characterized by activities that include a marathon race, music, dance, drama and a soccer match dubbed play soccer make peace
    The UN marks the International day of tolerance every November 16 and it is the day when communities worldwide are encouraged to co-exist as brothers and sisters. InterChange – Uganda is a non-governmental organization based in Lutengo, in Mukono District and an outlet of Interchange – Canada
    Lubuulwa said they have decided to mark this year’s event with a variety of activities because they want to bring every peace loving Ugandan on board since tolerance is a factor that is vital in peace building.
    He said that without tolerance, this world cannot be a better place to live in because conflict and wars have torn the world a part.
    The chairman of InterChange Uganda local chapter, Mr Issa Kirarira, called upon Ugandans to take this day as a crucial one since tolerance breeds peace.
    Kirarira urged all peace loving Ugandans to make the occasion a successful one by joining InteChange in Lutengo-Mukono District on 16th November 2012 and those who can’t attend, he advised, should spare time to share the message of peace with their families, friends, neighbors and members of the community.
    The guest of honor at the occasion is expected to be the Member of Parliament for Mukono North Constituency who is also the minister for the Youth Affairs, Ronald Kibuule accompanied by some other dignitaries in the country.
    Children from schools around Nama Sub County in Mukono are expected to entertain guests during the day and some other special artists.
    Interchange – Uganda always marks international days with football matches (play soccer make peace) but this time round, it has included a number of activities in its programmes.
    The international days that Interchange – Uganda marks include Iddi days, Easter, Christmas, world peace day and world tolerance day, among others.

  3. International Tolorence Day was well celebrated by members OF INTERCHANGE FOR PEACE LUTENGO MUKONO UGANDA AND THE COMMUNITIES,SCHOOLS,DRAMA GROUPS AND DIFEERENT INVITED GUESTS .
    WE THANK PROF ANNE GOODMAN FOR ALL THE FUNDING SHE HAS GIVEN THE LUTANGO OFFICE UGANDA.WE ARE GRATEFULL AND HOPE TO GET MORE FUNDING THROUGH YOUR GOOD LEADERSHIP.
    The day started with school children music and local drama groups that made the day very colorful with well composed themes that marched the International Tolorence Day.
    The messages especially from the Interchange For Peace Poets aged six and 8 years old was the most touching where these young children asked the parents to stop sacrificing their children in search of wealth!!
    They quotet the bible Ecclesiastics chapter 3 ‘”A TIME FOR EVERYTHING,A TIME TO BE BORN A TIME TO DIE!!! WHY KILL US WHEN WE ARE INNOCENT AND YOUNG!!WHY DO PARENTS VALUE THINGS MORE THAN LIVES OF THEIR CHILDREN AND YET THEY DIE AND LEAVE ALL THESE EARTHLY THINGS???
    A young upcoming musician from Lutengo but a city celebrity blessed the function by singing diferent songs related to peace ,tolorence and music by REKNOWN City DJ played throughout the day as communities and members of interchange members danced to different tunes and every one showed their talents/styles that day!!!!
    We had a marathon that was flagged off was and led by the Chaiman ,accompanied by guests, the Project Manager.Project coodinator,the field officers and other participants from the communities and school children.
    The last activity was the football match that ended late in the evening.The best marathon winners,bestfootball team ,drama ,music and poets were given presents of difeerent categories
    Through sports,music dance and drama ,messages of peace ,love,tolorence can be heard and can reach a wider network area in terms of information exchange.
    If we are to live in a peaceful world,then tolorence is the way forward.We need to pray for all countries that are at war and especially Syria Palestine and Israel,God”s hand is needed!!!
    Its sad to see very innocent civilians dying because of other Smaller groups with their hidden interests!!!
    As international Peace activits,we condem all these and pray for the innocent civilians that have died and those in hospitals May the Creator have control over these conflicts and stop them because human beings have failed to to appreciate their purpose in this world!!!!
    SHARE THESE QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO GET AN EVER LASTING SOLUTION FOR THIS OLD CONFLICT BETWEEN ISIRAEL AND PALESTINE.
    1- “WHAT IS THE FUNDERMENTAL ROOT CAUSE OF THIS CONFLICT???
    2_WHAT BEST ALTERNATIVE TO VIOLENCE METHOD CAN WE USE IN THIS CONFLICT???

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