On June 19, 2015, 34 KIDA vocational students participated in a memorable graduation ceremony and received diplomas after completing 14 months of training and passing their final exams. Courses in carpentry, tailoring and building construction prepare students to earn incomes from marketable skills and create their own jobs.
Many of the graduates were vulnerable youth, orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, or had to leave school when taking care of sick parents. Were it not for vocational training these kids would remain destitute. The graduation was a large public event that included members of Parliament, local politicians and other dignitaries.
The chief guest for this event came all the way from Kampala on Rev. Ezra’s invitation. Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the country’s Commissioner of Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Health, did a thorough inspection of KIDA Hospital that was unannounced prior to the ceremony, which included commissioning the General Ward. Dr. Mwebesa delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony on behalf of his boss, the Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the Uganda Minister of Health.