Did you know that education in Uganda is not free? Parents and caretakers are charged at least 60,000 shillings per year for their children to attend school. Usually, the higher the fees, the better quality the education is.
There are many social problems faced within the community of the school including poverty, the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and lack of education. Within the East Region where the school is located, 84% of the population face poverty. Because of this, many parents struggle to enroll their children in school. Within the Isingiro Distinct, between the ages of 6-15, 8.4% of the population are not attending school.
In 2011, our School was created as my family and I saw a need to change the value of education within their community. Alex, my Father, donated the land, and local community members helped collect materials for the beginning infrastructure.
Our school is on a mission to provide quality education targeted towards developing underprivileged children’s academic standing. However, over the past few years, the materials of the school have started to deteriorate. Due to the lack of proper funding and a concern for the condition of the site, many parents enrolled their children at other schools in which they cannot afford or removed them from school altogether, placing them in the work force.
Some Information about the School Itself:
-Children of low income families
-HIV positive children
-Children of disintegrated families
Who We Serve:
-ages 4 - 13 years through both per-primary and primary
-90 students enrolled currently
-The school is registered as an
indigenous, non-profit making, non-denominational, charitable
Every child deserves a right to a quality education just as each child is filled with endless potential and the longing to learn. We need your help though!
Possible Roles as WorkAway Volunteer:
There is a need and an opportunity to develop programs in order to introduce the school teachers different lesson plans and new innovative ways to teach their students.
There is a need and an opportunity to become involved in fundraising, bringing awareness through social media, grant proposal writing, outreach within the community etc.
There is a need and an opportunity to do more hands-on, architectural work in terms of beginning projects for classrooms once funding is received.
If you are interested in something specific, please contact us! There are a variety of options in terms of what your role could be for the school!
We are requesting help in a variety of different ways. There is help needed to develop programs in order to introduce the school teachers lesson plans and new innovative ways to teach their students. There is help needed to become involved in fundraising, awareness/promotions through social media, grant proposal writing, outreach within the community etc. There is help needed to do more hands-on, architectural work in terms of beginning projects for classrooms once funding is received. There is also a need for a creative income-based project that will help increase our annual net income.
Travellers will benefit by gaining experience of the starter up small income generating economic activities we do , the
kind of food we eat, and the plant to home consumption such as the greens from the garden, fresh milk from the cows and bananas picked that day. They will also experience the cultural differences in regards to learning new languages, different ways of interacting with people, cultural dynamism, new skills, new research areas, and meeting new friends.
English, Luganda and Runyankole
I am able to accommodate 2 Workawayers.
The facility where the Workawayer would be staying would be a guesthouse next to my home.
This guesthome contains a living home, fully furnished, including a gas stove. It also includes a bedroom with a full bed, shelves for clothes, a bed net, sink with running water, ironing board, nightstand, and shower. The guesthouse has its own access to the backyard where you will find a swingset, vegetable garden, a pit latrine, and animals belonging to my family. The guest house includes electricity, solar lightening and extension cords for electronics.
My home includes four rooms, fully vanished. It has electricity and running water as well.
In terms of food for Workawayers, they may choose to have the provision of cooking in their guest rooms using their gas cylinder. Food is provided daily by our family with a small charge of $5 each day. However, electricity, water and housing is free.
I live in a town called Kalisizo which is seperate from where the school is. The distance from the school to my home is about two hours.
I work at Kalisizo hospital as a health worker. I am married to my wife who is a teacher and research collector. We have four beautiful and outgoing children schooling. There is need to spend time with children at home to improve their English and learn other languages alitle.
In terms of transportation we have public (cars and motorcycles) and a family car that can be rented.
In my free time I visit game reserves, ecological centers, and spend quality time with my family.
We are nearby game parks like Lake Mburo National Park, Refuge Camps such as Nakivale, Three Boarder points for Tanzania, Landing sites on Lake Victoria and beautiful hills.
Please join us!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteers stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.