By David Martin Aliker
The 1st Annual Karin Health Marathon 2018 successfully took place today. The event was organized by a christian based Charity Karen Community Initiative Uganda (KCIU)
Karin Community Initiative Uganda (KCIU) is a local faith-based, not for profit organization providing health care in the communities, founded by Christians who realized a need to support governments efforts in arresting the country’s disease burden.
KCIU was registered in 2001. A full-time secretariat, supported by Pentecostal Churches of Uganda and partner churches in USA, UK and Norway, strengthen coordination among other partners and communities.
The theme of of this maternal health and child care marathon and health camp was “Saving mothers, Helping Families”
Gulu Catholic Arch Bishop John Baptist Odama flagged off the athletes after a brief prayer asking for divine guidance on how to serve humanity better and a safe and successful event.
In attendance was also the District Chairman Hon. Ojara Mapenduzi and Hon. Betty Aol, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Parliament of Uganda amongst many other distinguished guests and participants
One of the most outstanding performance during the Marathon Winners Award Ceremony was a Christian Group of Artist- Starface Art Camp.
Lately,so much negative narratives-from Gulu is about the street kids (Aguu) and its new found identity of young prostitutes and drug addicts and alcoholics.
One would imagine, there are no youths trying to make a positive change in their lives in the aftermath of the war.
Starface Art Camp is one such group creating a positive change in the lives of youths through creative Art.
In an effort to address the challenges of urban youths such as prostitution, alcoholism, betting and drug addiction, they offer music, dance and art design lessons and practice to any intending youths with passion for art.
They don’t only reduce the youths contact hours with these vices but also offer their skills for a few to support their livelihood and promote their initiative.
It’s this group that Karin Community Initiative Uganda offered a platform to entertain and show case the benefits of keeping young and healthy.
Their performance was exceedingly great that got every one off their seats. Their break dance skills meets any global standards. This was characterized with perfected and well rehearsed summersaults
As Gulu seeks City status,one way it can fight urban crime and poverty is through promptings Arts and Craft and supporting informal art groups like Starface Art Camp.
Today, Karen Coommunity Initiative Uganda granted them a platform, tomorrow another organization may offer them another platform but the district leadership must pick keen interest in the talent and trade of this youths and set up social community programs that promotes youths who come together using their art and skills to bring positive change, if Gulu City is ever to be a model city.
The author is an Opinion Leader based in Gulu