Hello beautiful friends in development, my name is Shimoni from Uganda, one of the founders of community based youth and child focused organization which started in 2014. Shimoni was a former VSO International volunteer in the Gambia West Africa and an inspirator- (volunteer) with action Aid International Bangladesh. This organization was started with four other Women Volunteers in Uganda on a voluntary basis who were concerned with the increased number of young girls and boys living in poverty that were unable to continue with higher Education after completing their primary level due to poverty, HIV AIDS effects and injustices hence becoming more vulnerable to early marriage.
The work of the organization all together is to address the Physical, emotional, spiritual,Educational and psycho-social needs of children, Youth and people living with HIV/ AIDS.
" enhancing a progressive society with a sustainable basis for livelihood".
"To fulfill God's heart for children"
"Promoting baby friendly villages"
We strive to achieve this through Nutrition, immunization, protection promotions and awareness. ( (i) ARE YOU NUTRITIONIST? ( ii) DO YOU BELIEVE IN PROMOTING BABY FRIENDLY VILLAGES? ( iii) WE WELCOME YOU TO SHARE WITH THESE YOUNG MOTHERS NEW INSIGHTS ON BABY BREAST FEEDING, HYGIENE, NUTRITION,IMMUNIZATION etc.............. You are welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE:
" Vertical development and village clustering or zoning"; Given our experience and exposure in development thinking,we believe in concentrating in a small area when addressing critical issues that affects the community and clustering the village into " ZONES" as each zone within the village has different needs that affects it, even though they may have cross cutting needs. This approach helps to address the root causes of the problem hence everlasting solutions.
Our core values are;
a) Love of children and youth living in poverty.
b) Health children and Youth
c) Health and secure Environment
d) Health mothers
To ensure legal validity, has so far obtained a registration from the government community development department at the sub district level which was obtained in 2015. And we are in the process of upgrading to the district level.
Location of the organisation:
This project is located at kayabwe Equator in Nkozi Sub county, Mpigi district 82 km from Kampala the Capital city of Uganda.
OUR WORKING APPROACH
The organization run it's integrated development activities in Nkozi sub district in Mpigi District, Central Uganda and it's where it regulates its project activities and maintains communication and liaison with concerned government departments, stake holders and other development partners .
Important to note we have entered into partnership with churches, hospitals, healthy centers, Uganda Martyr's University Nkozi, high schools, primary schools, key farmers and farmer groups to implement our interventions in a practical approach for easy knowledge sharing and transfer,to enable our friends the international interns, volunteer to enjoy their stay with us, so feel free to join us.
The CBO is run by a general body (GB) consists of 20 members of different professionals. GB meets once a yearly in the annual General meeting ( AGM). The role if GB is to elect Executive committee (EC) members for the 2 years duration, review the ongoing organizational activities and approves the yearly organizational activity plan.
The Executive Committee ( EC) consists of 6 members - elected by the GB for two years duration. EC meets once in every three months to discuss the progress of the organizational activities, take part in policy making process, organizational management, development and take initiative to implement the different activities of the organization and solve problems if the organization faces so far.
The CBO also has got an advisory committee (AC) consists of 3 members from different professionals selected by the GB for 2 years duration. The role of AC is to advice the EC while the organization faces any critical crises or problem and plays an active role on organizational management and development.
The organization run an early childhood development center
Babysitting / child care
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
In order to improve the well being of the children, youth, through our Catch them younger" campaign, we welcome people whom we can join hands with in fill filling Gods' heart for children in one of the following interventions;
A. EARLY CHILD HOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER AFFAIRS
- Designing and child friendly learning environment
- Decorating and painting
- Designing play center
- Developing learning aids for 1- 6 years
- Teaching little kids songs, drawings
- Making fun with children
- Child care support in baby section
- Teaching little children drawing, shading
- Developing capacity of our child care workers
B. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
- Resource mobilization for project work, we aspire to acquire more funds to address the
overpowering needs of children and their communities.
- Child sponsorship marketing, this entails searching for Pen pals, individuals, organizations that can sponsor our children's education.
- Conducting individual child health screening (Opticians, Nutritionists, Midwives, Dentists, Doctors, health promoters, Clinical officers Nurses inclusive interns etc... are highly required)
D. ) PERMACULTURE
- For pregnant, breast feeding mothers, HIV positive groups ( in either vegetable,herbs, flower, growing)
E. COMPUTER TRAINING
-For our child care workers and youth.
F. We also need to meet knew people and make friends with various skills from different part of the world to enable BOTH of us learn new culture and language for this we can host you as a family guest in our compound.
We do believe that the volunteers will benefit from the cultural diversity of Uganda, will be inspired, motivated, get new insights, perspective,friends, and there will be a holistic transformation from both parties.
English and Luganda as a local language
There is a house with two rooms which can can accommodate two people at ago as per moment, with a bath room inside, with a pit latrine out side it in good condition.
we also provide meals .
There is harvested clean rain water and tap water with in the compound. But not inside the house.
Currently we have solar which runs only 4 hours in the night in case you are using a lop top and a few appliances but the lights can go up to morning, this solar only is used in the night time, but at office we use electricity.
Inline with security the accommodation is in the compound of the one of the founder hence place is secured.
For those with special dietary needs/ cases, please let us know in advance for effective proper planning of your comfortable stay with us. In case you feel you want to cook/ prepare your own meals according to your desire or other issues, you are free to do so, we shall not be offended.
First of all, We are located at the equator line which is a tourist center with a lot of cultural items to enjoy everyday in your free time with all types of dishes as per your taste.
Secondly, We are near the crocodile farm which is 16 Km a way from the project area with accommodation for visitors and place for resting. There various fishing grounds and landing sites in some parts of our catchment areas, there is a nearby local beach within our part of the catchment area.
There is a hotel near our office with a swimming pool so life become enjoyable.
As we work and live with our good and valuable volunteers, we would expect them to respect and value their life and health and mind their security all the time.
We expect them not to smoke, drink in the public, office. It would be good for them to respect the children we work with as per our child protection policy.
We welcome any kind of donation for our community which is not for security threat of the country
HITS ON CLOTHES;
1. For male visitors plan to bring trousers and light button - up shirts and T.shirts
2. Female visitors will free more comfortable in skirts, jean trousers, dresses, T.shirts which cover knees, breasts.
PICK UP FROM THE AIRPORT
The organization will make sure that organizes avan to pick you from the air port to the destination which is only 82km from the Kampala city of Uganda to the project area on Kampala- Masaka road. So there is no need to worry about it.
It is good idea that you come with money in the right form for your personal stay and comfort.
Cash can be exchanged on arrival at the airport and at different Banks with in the city and we have one branch within our area of operation with the best services. It is good idea to bring US dollars or UK pounds ONLY. For Us dollars only accept $ 50 and $ 100 us dollar denomination notes, all small notes have a lower rate value exchange. With the US dollar denomination notes MUST be printed after 2009 and above as these are the one that are acceptable on Market here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 days per week 5 hours a day