As Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate International Father’s Day, Church leaders have been urged to reflect on their role in building and nurturing young boys who will become responsible fathers.
The call was made by Pastor Jonathan Cleveland, the senior pastor at Pulpit Rock church in Colorado-USA who was the chief runner at the first Fathers' Day Run organized by The Remnant Generation to commemorate day.
The 21Km, 10Km, 5Km and 3Km marathon through areas of Nateete, Busega, Mengo and nearby area attracted over 200 participants and the proceedings are going towards supporting teenage mothers and young girls who are survivors of sexual abuse.
Annabel Nakabiri the Executive Director of The Remnant Generation says the Father’s Day run is aimed at encouraging fathers to play their respective roles in the lives of children.
Nakabiri explains that the proceeds will be used to avail safe motherhood spaces, mama kits, ultrasound machines but also train health service providers on how to handle teen mothers.
“To have safe motherhood spaces, the organization has partnered with 8 health centers to avail child friendly reproductive health services in the 4 districts of Lyantonde, Luuka, Kassanda and slum areas of Kampala.
Timothy Opobo, the Board Chairperson Fathers Arise, noted that majority of the abuses against of the girls that result in teenage pregnancies and abortions can be attributed to the absence of fathers in the homes.
Opobo stresses that fathers should stop the habit of blaming teenage pregnancies to what they refer to as negligence of the mothers but rather step in and play their fatherly roles.
As part of commemorations, prayers were also held in Busega at Remnants generation offices for struggling families.