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Kasaala Parish marks 75 years of Missionary work

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Kasaala Parish marks 75 years of Missionary work

July 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The white Fathers opened up a parish in Bulemezi Luwero in 1945. This parish would be the first in Kasaala village, a big land mark as far as faith was concerned in Kasana-Luweero diocese and the district as a whole. For fifteen years, the White Fathers managed the parish before giving it out to the Comboni Missionaries in 1964. Not only did the two missionaries bring faith in Kasaala, but also development, bringing education, health care and other social development activities to the parish and now, take care of the elderly people. Fr. Jjumba James, the parish priest said the parish has managed to build decent homes for the elderly in the parish and they are giving free medication to the parishioners.

In April 2020, Kasaala celebrated her 75th anniversary. Despite the fact that the Parish failed to hold celebrations for the achievement of  75 years because of the outbreak of COVID-19, Kasaala had a lot to celebrate even without a ceremony. It has the highest number of schools in the Kasana-Luweero diocese of Kasaala – Luweero; as the parish has a record of 22 schools within every sub parish. Fr. Jjumba revealed that Kasaala Parish has educated so many children through the sponsorship given out by the parish. He mentioned that some have become doctors, lawyers and even lecturers. He also added that when he arrived in Kasaala, they were sponsoring 400 children to attain education. The Parish also has a vocation school to skill the youth in Nursery teaching, hair dressing, secretariat studies and tailoring. This school has a population of 53 girls receiving training. Kasaala Parish has been a home for refugees from within Luweero during the war and also some refugees from Rwanda during the genocide. The parish has also been a haven for refugees from Burundi and some from South Sudan. The parish priest revealed that although the Christians are not active Christians, the parish and its sub-parishes have a known number of 20,000 Christians.

Besides, two Cooperative groups Agali- awamu Cooperative group, and Kasaala Twekembe were started by the former Parish Priest, Fr. George Previdi to inculcate the culture of saving in the people. The People embraced the idea and today, 1650 people from different villages have been registered in 20 savings groups. Fr. Jjumba said the reason many people were introduced to the saving groups was to avert them from wasting a lot of money on drinking. He added that the groups also discourage laziness with many parishioners encouraged to work so that they can get money to save. The parish also offers health services to the parishioners through a health centre IV. St. Mary’s Health Centre Kasaala, opened by the Comboni Missionaries, is housed within the Parish premises and it was one of the projects that begun in 1980 by the parish to support the community around during the NRA rebel war. It then upgraded to a health centre in the early 1990s.

Today, the facility has attained a health centre four status.The centre employs 32 people, it has an OPD wing, laboratory facilities, dental department, maternity ward theatre, they give palliative care to HIV patients, and also offer ambulance services. The facility administrator, Okwir Samuel explained that the health centre has been of great help to the people of Kasaala in the fight against HIV. He noted that the people in the area were suffering on drinking. He added that the groups also discourage laziness with many parishioners encouraged to work so that they can get money to save. The parish also offers health services to the parishioners through a health centre IV. St. Mary’s Health Centre Kasaala, opened by the Comboni Missionaries, is housed within the Parish premises and it was one of the projects that begun in 1980 by the parish to support the community around during the NRA rebel war. It then upgraded to a health centre in the early 1990s.

Today, the facility has attained a health centre four status.The centre employs 32 people, it has an OPD wing, laboratory facilities, dental department, maternity ward theatre, they give palliative care to HIV patients, and also offer ambulance services. The facility administrator, Okwir Samuel explained that the health centre has been of great help to the people of Kasaala in the fight against HIV. He noted that the people in the area were suffering people usually contact Fr. George when they realise an old person lacks family members and when they are sick.One elderly man who identified himself as Petro Machumi said he was brought to the home from Butuula village when he was sick, and had no one to take care of him. He added that he had a back problem but now he feels better because he is taken to the hospital and given food.

While Philemon, another elderly man staying at the elders’ home said he came in from Tanzania as a youth after Idi Amin’s regime. He was brought to the home when he was sick. When he recovered, he moved to Kenya and returned to Kasaala as a worker, but now that he is old, he has no one to look after him. However, the Parish has also registered a number of challenges that they are battling with. Even with the available schools, the Parish priest revealed that the people of Kasaala do not attach value to education. He also noted that the high level of drinking is killing marriages in the parish. Besides, HIV infections are still very high in the parish and the laziness of the people in Kasaala has led to shortage in food. He noted that the parish has no income generating activities making it hard to run some of their activities and projects.

Fr. Jjumba added that when he reached Kasaala parish, Fr. George Previdi who was the Parish priest then was fully funding four schools in the parish. He would provide school fees for every child, lunch, teachers’ salaries and all requirements of the schools. He also said that Fr. George would contribute Ug shs 500,000 towards children’s lunch in 199 schools and also take care of orphans in those schools. Sadly, there is no more funding. Consequently, Fr. Jjumba has decided that all the private schools in the Parish should take charge of all their expenses by collecting school fees from the children, while the remaining few schools have been fitted within the parish budget.

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July 15, 2021
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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