By Jackie Nalubwama
Never before have I seen a town with idle but busy-mouthed
youth, like I did in Nakapiripirit. Swollen cheeks, filled
with green vegetable-like leaves chewed down with such oomph
that one would be hard-pressed not to believe they were
| Badru Kakaire (welding), trainer
of Katanga Youth Welding and Basic Mechanics Project,
with the prime beneficiaries of the Project.
This is what passes for a hobby to some youth in Nakapiripirit
because mira, the leaf in question, is abundant on Mt. Kadam’s
However attempts by NUSAF through the Katanga Youth Welding
and Basic Mechanics Project, is about not only to give the
youth of Nakapiripirit another hobby, but an income as well.
Beatrice Nambooze, the mother figure and treasurer of
this Project feels so strongly about these young boys. “I
have liked it (the Project) because it has helped us. My
sons who were roaming now have work,” said Nambooze.
She further said NUSAF gave the group of 22 boys Shs.
10 million to start the Project in October 2006. “We
are now building a workshop so that we make more doors and
And if they bring vehicles that need to be welded, we weld
them,” said Nambooze. From the Shs. 10 million, the
group was able to buy a generator, a welding machine, metal
for raw material as well as hire a trainer to teach the
youth how to weld, among others.
Katanga Youth Welding and Basic Mechanics makes metallic
doors and windows and in Nakapiripirit, where security concerns
are paramount, there is market for the metallic doors and
People used to go as far as Mbale to buy these doors and
windows, said Josephine Nukol, NUSAF secretary, Nakapiripirit
District. Nukol bought 2 doors from Mbale at Shs. 200, 000,
so she, like her fellow residents, can’t wait to start
buying from Katanga Youth Welding and Basic Mechanics because
the transport costs will then also be negligible.
Currently a new school is under construction in Nakapiripirit
and there is no need to guess who has been contracted to
supply the doors and windows-Nakapiripirit’s own Katanga
Youth Welding and Basic Mechanics.