Mr. Damien Wetaya
This is the story of one of the youths who was part of the cohort who had their graduation ceremony in the Soroti district under AFRISA at the end of the SOS mass treatment Phase II which took place in late 2010.
Damien Wetaya tells us: "I hold a certificate in
agriculture from Tororo and I had the opportunity to be among the
para-vets who worked alongside the veterinary graduates in the mass
treatment of cattle in Serere and Soroti districts under AFRISA.
After the exercise, I opted to come back from my district in
Butaleja (about 200km away) to take up the role of spray person and
the DVO (District Veterinary Officer) advised me to come and serve
the district under the supervision of Dr. Omaido. I now earn an
average of 300,000 Ugandan Shillings per month and, due to
the stability of my two year tenure I have been able to not only
provide for myself, with the purchase of a motorcycle to assist
with my practice, but also for my family, supporting my mother
through a serious operation. I am very happy to have been able to
pay for the operation and to have saved my mother the pain.
Although my family is in Butaleja, I am able to visit them every
month and able to provide for them."
Damien Wetaya ends his story with an outlook and says: "I would
like to open my own veterinary drug shop in due course, but first I
must go back to college to obtain a diploma in animal husbandry,
which is a pre-requisite".
Mr. Wetaya (standing) tells his story
Mr. Wetaya (2nd right)always keeps a close eye on his treasured