Hello Workawayers i am RICHARD. I am married with two very beautiful daughters. I hold a masters degree in social works and social administration,a psychosocial counselor by profession.Having worked with persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS for over 12 years and most of whom were my clients, many people were left yearning for support and care of which included children, elderly and young mothers(women).
In April 2014, the organisation was founded and registered by the government of Uganda as a Community Based Organisation (CBO)
The organisation and school project started when the need to support vulnerable communities affected by the HIV/AIDS was not met. Many children lost parents and were left with their grand parents who could not even manage to provide a meal to them nor take them to school while others became family leaders at a very tender age. In this case the NGO opened up as school to give education support to the orphaned and other vulnerable children. The school supports over 150 children of which 10 are orphaned and supported by volunteer families while three are HIV positive. The school also has seven teachers who are paid very little money even not paid at times when their are no funds but they keep doing a lot of work to provide an education to the vulnerable children. The main cause of the children not to attend school was due to lack of school fees and failure to have scholastic materials like books, pens, uniforms etc also to note was failure to afford a meal a day and all this is due to high poverty striking hard in their communities.Our school is still in a very bad situation without windows and doors, children have no better desks but use benches as they kneel to write in their books.
Several women and young mothers are also empowered on how to come up with some small projects that can help them come out of poverty and these include "The backyard Gardening" this was started after realizing that many women do not have enough land to do farming due to the fact that their husbands sell off most of the land. In this case, our team came up with an innovation of using plastic containers to plant vegetables and this came about due to the fact that in many communities plastics are not recycled but thrown away all over the communities. With this project, when the vegetables grow within a period of one month, the women are able to sell some so as to get money and also be able to feed their children to avoid malnutrition. Poverty has remained a big challenge to the whole communities making most of the people very vulnerable.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
Cross-cultural Skills in a Globalized World, Work in New Environments, Continued Connections to different places In a local community by practicing local agricultural farming in gardens, back yard vegetable farming and irrigation, sharing history with elderly people, taking care of them and exchanging the local and traditional culture, Make New Friends.
We do not have any fees to charge the Volunteers.
While in the host country, one typically has the chance to thoroughly experience the culture of their host country. This occurs through direct application as a result of living with a family native to the region, going to learn as well as teaching with true residents (children) of the country, and through various other means. This finds themselves completely immersed within a different culture once they have arrived in their host countries, due to differences in the cuisine, architecture, familial tradition, and even the ways in which people carry out conversation! After having spent a significant amount of time within the host country.
This excellent learning opportunity of culture, learning about the different types of foods, visiting cultural sites, Languages, and this typically leaves Volunteers with better understanding for people of all sorts.
In addition to learning of the culture of the host country, many exchange volunteers become familiar with the ways of life of people all around the world through meeting other exchange volunteers. This is guaranteed to be amusing, and very interesting!
Meet new friends from all around the world: By being a volunteer, you will meet friends from all around the world when you privately arrange to take a tour in the wilderness. It is so much fun when they get together because you have so much in common this are site places, wilderness game parks like Queen Elisabeth National Game Park, Murchison Falls, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary etc, one will be able to also learn about the different birds and animal species.
They will also have time to learn how to sensitize communities on epidemic out breaks eg HIV/AIDS, socialise with community members etc
Children will be very much exited to meet Volunteers, have fun, and other children will have to touch and feel whether the white skin is the same like there's or its different.
Our culture is quite different and there are some things that we have to put into consideration, and we fill this has to be respected as we stay with families who are not familiar with drinking alcohol, smoking and drugs. Smoking cigarettes in public not allow in Uganda. Ladies should avoid wearing clothes that are transparent.
We have a community which is so much welcoming, I don't think whether any Volunteer will leave without not being contented and happy. We welcome volunteers from all around the world regardless of tribe, culture or religion.
We are looking for volunteers from abroad who can help in the community of Kasanje and Entebbe.
We would like to have volunteers that are patient, flexible, friendly and outgoing. It is a bonus to have knowledge in community work, organic farming, permaculture and sustainable farming, education, or health. They must be ready to learn and adapt to our culture and have empathy. They should also be willing to have time to play and socialise with children.
Each volunteer has a different background, intrests and set of skill. The organisation is currently implementing projects about economic empowerment of children, youth and women, sustainable farming, health including HIV/AIDS prevention, and education in the community of Kasanje subcounty; so every volunteer is sure to have something to do that they like. We design volunteering programs so that they are all customised according to our needs and the volunteers's preferences.
Volunteers are welcome for any periods of time, whether on the short or long term. Volunteering programs will be tailored accordingly so that you can reach your objectives and ensure that you can contribute to the best of your capacity.
Currently, we are particularly interested in volunteers who want to work in:
1.Education. The volunteers will have a chance of teaching young children in our school. The activities with the children include teaching reading English, playing sports like football, school gardening and spending time with the vulnerable children in primary and nursery school. Since we do not have a children's home, the volunteers will help the organisation in supporting the vulnerable children in communities too. We often set up new activities like poetry day or music events. Most importantly, you can also give any new ideas about good activities for the children. The organisation is willing to support and help you to make your ideas come true and help the children.
2.Community sensitization: Take part in our activities around behavior change communication, HIV/AIDS prevention, nutrition, hygiene or education. We are always looking for people who can teach and sensitize the community members especially the fisher men.
3. Management: Help us in designing and implementing some of our projects. You can also assist in making work plans, reporting, designing of our website page, updating of our Facebook page, mobilizing for funds, advocacy etc
4. Bark Yard Sustainable Agriculture; Help the organisation to set up standard agriculture demostration sites at our School site which will be used as demonstration sites during training. They will be used to train about promoting small-scale irrigation farming and organic farming. We shall be using plastic containers to come up with vegetable gardens. Your ideas are more that welcome. We are looking for volunteers to promote using of small areas of land for organic farming among the women and youth groups in the communities.
5. Volunteers with expertise in carpentry, building and painting are also very much welcome. We believe that every volunteer comes with new ideas and can provide a great input for our organisation. Please feel free to make any suggestions.
For those who maybe interested to support a child or else support the school through Networking and Fundraising are much more welcome too.
Luganda, Ganda: Fluent
We will provide accommodation and three meals a day for the volunteer.
Accommodation is comfortable in a safe quiet environment. the volunteer will stay in a place that is safe and away from stress. The volunteer's residence is located in Entebbe, Nakiwogo. It is composed of two bedrooms, toilet. There is electricity and volunteers have access to a basic kitchen. Mosquito nets are provided.
Meals are composed of local foods. Vegetarians and vegan volunteers can easily adapt to their diet.
The area around Entebbe and Kasanje are safe, peaceful and quiet, away from bustling of Kampala. One can enjoy reading, relaxing, meditating, playing football, volleyball or working out.
The home of stay is not at the school premises. Volunteers will be able to use a ferry and then a boda boda motorcycle to and from the school.
Uganda is generally a safe country and welcoming. There are some few things that you should take into account though; Smocking cigarettes in public is prohibited, ladies should avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing(e.g dress or skirt too high above the knees
While volunteering with us it's not just time working on projects but also the time spent experiencing Uganda at large and the different cultures.
Some of the activities available include visiting Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track endangered rhinos for a day. You can also take a safari to see the Big 5, the wide variety of bird life, wild waterfalls and scenery ranging from beautiful open savannas, to spectacular mountains and forests thick with lush vegetation
People of Uganda are very welcoming and friendly you will greatly enjoy your stay.
We shall support you with the tour plan.
The tour gives back 50% in supporting the children and their communities. So please plan on touring with us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week