The Uganda Girl Guides Association (UGGA) has launched a fundraising drive aimed at raising awareness and funds towards hosting the historic World Conference of Girl Guides.
“The Uganda Girl Guides Association will host a fundraiser gala dinner on Friday 25th October aimed at raising funds for hosting The 37th World Conference which will attract delegates from more than 150 countries of World Association of Girl Guides to Uganda,” said Molly Grace Akello the Chief Commissioner of the UGGA while speaking to reporters in Kampala.
The body which has been in existence in the country since 1914 is affiliated to the global World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts (WAGGS).
Akello said every three years the WAGGGS come together to deliberate on different issues to drive the Association for the next three years. The Association is targeting to raise UGX 1 billion to finance the World Conference.
“Uganda bid to host the World Conference in New Dehli in India in 2017 beating a superpower USA. This conference will attract over 800 delegates from 150 countries who will converge in Uganda.
“This not only presents an opportunity to deliberate on issues affecting the body but also benefit the economy of Uganda through tourism, accommodation, an opportunity for the local population to benefit,” stressed Akello.
The World Conference will be held in Uganda from 11th – 17th July 2020 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. “As a country, this is a proud moment for us as we shall be attracting the world to Uganda. It will be an opportunity for us to sell Uganda to the world,” she said.
The delegates will also go out and explore the various tourist attractions and cultures of Uganda which will earn the country foreign exchange.
Akello said they will use the World Conference to launch the Associations centenary celebrations that will be held in 2022.
Florence Kyoshabire, the Chairperson Uganda Girl Guides Association said they are in a movement where girls and young women are valued to take action in the world.
“We are helping these girls to develop their leadership skills and understand that they are valued. Above all we are telling them that they can equally contribute to the development of society,” said Kyoshabire.
Before adding that as an association, all this is geared towards their vision which is “All girls and young women are valued to take action and change the world.”