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UCOMM is honoured to have been featured on Forever Manchester's website, as part of the lead up to their Forever Manchester Women Event which will be taking place on 18th January 2017 5pm-9pm. CLICK HERE for more information!
SorceRehema Kawooya, UCOMM Chairperson, adds:
“The Big Sisters were able to offer solutions or just a shoulder to cry on for the girls. One girl, aged 16, was told she was not good enough at school and wanted to drop out, much to the annoyance of her parents. This resulted in much conflict and shouting at home. Through the group sessions she was able to be nurtured and her confidence built up and she was able to pass her exams and joined university in September 2016. Other parents have told us that they didn’t know know how to talk to their girls, but since the sessions, they have a better, calmer relationship with them.
“The results and feedback from parents has been excellent and there is demand for more sessions. Some parents have gone on to say that ‘they have finally got their child back’ and some girls have said ‘I have finally made friends with my Mum’. The ultimate aim of the project is to prevent the girls from dropping out of formal education, to prevent the girls from joining gangs and crime, and drugs, to increase self confidence, to tackle issues of identity crisis, to prevent radicalisation and to make them feel good about themselves. The parents and community also benefit because the girls and parents are more engaged with the community, and will hopefully act as role models and mentors for the up and coming generation.”
UCOMM perfectly reflects the ethos of Forever Manchester, and of our networking with a purpose event: Forever Manchester Women. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
According to the New Vision Online, The Uganda High Commissioner to UK, Prof. Joyce Kikafunda has called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to lobby the Ugandan government to acquire dual citizenship.
She said that much as in Uganda the law requires to pay $400, this can be only be changed through lobbying to have the fee reduced. “I don’t think it can be removed but can be reduced,” she added. She was speaking at a monthly special Luganda service at the Church of the Ascension Hulme in Manchester. This was in response to uproar and questioning of the $400 required as mandatory fee for Ugandans holding other countries passports to process their dual citizenship.
Kikafunda said holding two passports of different countries, one being Uganda is illegal at the moment but until the dual citizenship law has been implemented, no one will be prosecuted for that. The envoy said much as duo citizens can own property including land, property on lease and own private business, British passport owners of Ugandan origin cannot own Mailo or Free hold unless they have received dual citizenship. She appealed to Ugandans who renew their passports to always photocopy page 45 which has their reference in addition to the usual bio date page to make it easy for the original file to be identified in case of loss of a passport.
The service was led by the Vicar of St. Jude and Aidan Thornton heath London Rev. Nathan Ntege who appealed to the congregation to re-examine themselves as to whether they have attained independence at a personal level reasoning that a country’s independence can never be meaningful without liberated citizens both in the mind and economic terms. Others in attendance were the leaders of Uganda Community in Greater Manchester (UCOMM) led by the Chairperson Hajat Rehema Nnabukeera Kawooya and the treasurer Allan Ssemanda. After the service, the High Commissioner cut a ceremonial cake made in Ugandan colours, followed by a traditional meal in the Church Hall after the service. - See more at:
NOTICE IS HEREBY ISSUED FOR THE UCOMM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 AT THE UCOMM OFFICES (SURCON HOUSE,COPSON STREET, M20 3HE) STARTING 3PM-7PM.
IN LINE WITH UCOMM'S CONSTITUTION, ONE THIRD OF THE BOARD NEEDS TO BE REPLACED, THEREFORE THE POSITIONS OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON AND EDUCATION & TRAINING WILL BE UP FOR ELECTIONS.
NOMINATION FORMS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE BUTTON LINKS PROVIDED BELOW. THE NOMINATIONS ARE TO BE RETURNED TO THE UCOMM GENERAL SECRETARY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15TH 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AGM MEETING IS OPEN TO PUBLIC BUT OFFICIAL BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MEMBERS
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PARTICIPATION
Rehema N Kawooya