KIDA established a vocational training school in 2006 to help young people, especially those who leave school, learn a trade that will support them and their families in their home communities. Uganda's unemployment rate is extremely high, so it is important that people learn to be job creators rather than job seekers. The skills taught are carpentry, tailoring (sewing), and building (masonry and construction). Graduates are equipped to start their own business and can save and borrow through KIDA's SACCO microfinance program.
In 2014 the one-year program had an enrollment of 49 students: 11 carpentry, 19 tailoring, and 19 building. Graduation was held in May 2015. Two additional students also completed a class in catering. The catering program was then suspended due to low interest. Due to popular demand, KIDA is proposing to start an additional course offering in 2016: a hair dressing program for at least 10 students.
ADDRESSING HOSPITAL STAFF TURNOVER IN A REMOTE AREA BY TRAINING LOCAL YOUTH IN MEDICAL CAREERS.
One challenge of operating a Ugandan Hospital in a remote area is that most trained staff come from urban areas with more opportunities to “moonlight”. Staff turnover can be high.
KIDA’s orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program enables destitute children from AIDS-affected families to get an education, heretofore inaccessible due to financial constraints. 105 children are carried through as many levels of education that they are able to achieve, given school fees, supplies, uniforms and sometimes room and board. A handful of students have reached college and university or trained for a useful career that will benefit KIDA like nursing. These folks will be more likely to stay and work in their home area.
Billy is in his second year at the Kagando School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kasese District near the Congo border. 200 students study there and obtain clinical training at the 250-bed Kagando Hospital. He has wanted to be a nurse for a long time since his father died when he was 8 years old, leaving his mother with four children. Billy says, “I dream to become a well qualified nurse to help myself, my family and my community. I will look after my mom and siblings. I’d like to have a family and care for it as a man. I thank God for KIDA’s help.”