AFRICA/UGANDA - Mini cultural centre on wheels open for street children

Friday, 11 August 2017


Kampala (Agenzia Fides) - Matatart is a project run jointly by a 30 year old architect, an Italian Aid Worker, and a young Ugandan woman. The project helps carry culture and art to street children in Kampala. Matatart comes from matatu, small vans which serve as multiple taxis . The organisation purchased an old matatu van in Japan turned it into a mini culture centre on wheels and now trundle it around among the street children in the outlying areas of the capital of Uganda. In Kawempe suburb, working with another organisation Matatart taught local children to repair and paint an empty house to serve as a home for abandoned children. Inside the small Matatart bus parked nearby the new home, the children are encouraged to borrow books, learn to paint, write and also listen to music.
According to UNICEF, in Uganda some 10,000 minors live and work on the streets.
(AP) (11/8/2017