The local leaders are supposed to be near, to support and advice VUP Program beneficiaries in poverty eradication programs.
The local leaders were reminded of their responsibilities to local people during the training for local authorities on this Tuesday the 1st of Oct 2013 by VUP (Vision2020 Umurenge Program) in Kamonyi district.
VUP program has been operating in Kamonyi district ever since 2008 and has achieved a lot in poverty eradication programs. This training was to remind the local leaders their role in the poverty eradication strategies especially with some beneficiaries misusing the allowances given.
Diogene Kayijuka who works with VUP in Nyarubaka and Nyamiyaga sectors says some VUP beneficiaries do not use well their allowance funds to get out of poverty which is the goal of VUP.
“Local leaders should participate, advice and support these beneficiaries not to misuse their allowances or the salaries they earn but to use the money productively and eradicate poverty in their families” says Kayijuka.
The training was attended by the executive secretaries of cells and their deputies, the security personnel in the cells, Ubudehe representatives and one member in cells advisory council. The people on the training agree that VUP Program has changed the social welfare of many local people though some are yet to join this number.
Some beneficiaries get the money and spend it all in bars or buy designer clothes instead of investing it in farming like livestock rearing to make more money. People who were trained will help such people to think of developmental projects and operate on them instead of using the money in perishable things.
VUP Program supports people in the 1st and 2nd parts of the poor in the Ubudehe social stratification program. The program helps people in 3 phases, one it provides living allowances to the vulnerable groups of people, people who can work are given jobs in social/community works, and those who make feasible projects get loans to realize the projects.