Lack of Funds: Jinja Home of the Elderly at the Verge of Closure

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However, the management of Mpumudde home of the elderly cannot afford to pay its staff, clear utility bills and provide basic necessities such as food, clothes and beddings for the 20 elderly people living there. .

Mpumudde home of the elderly in Jinja municipality is at the verge of closure because of lack of funds. The home was constructed in 1973 to provide services to 60 elderly people.  It first operated in the Swami Temple along Oboja Road but it was moved to Mpumudde after CEBEMO, a Holland-based organization, donated money to build dormitories.

However, the management of Mpumudde home of the elderly cannot afford to pay its staff, clear utility bills and provide basic necessities such as food, clothes and beddings for the 20 elderly people living there. The people in the home are drawn from Kenya Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Peter Musoke, the warden of the home says that they need 2 million shillings to operate each month.

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He explains that they started facing financial difficulties in 2010 after the late Bishop Joseph Willigers left its management. Musoke explains that during the reign of Bishop Willigers he lobbied for funding from Netherlands, which stopped when he left. Currently, the home depends on unreliable funding from donors and merger incomes from the maize mill that was set up to generate some income for it. Stephen Mugulusi, the Chairman Board of governors Mpumudde Home of the elderly says that they have changed the home from a community based organization to an NGO so as to tap support from the Gender ministry.

Hebert Baryayebwa, the Commissioner for the Disability and elderly, visited the Mpumudde home two months ago to assess its needs. He tasked the board of governors to write a proposal to the Gender Ministry for funding. 81-year- old Fedelesi Misana is resident at the Mpumudde home of the elderly. She told URN recently that her health has deteriorated because of poor conditions at the home. She complained that the feeding, treatment and beddings at the home are not good for old people like her.