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Hello, Hola, Jambo!
I and along with my colleagues/volunteers, we strive very hard with the most vulnerable children and adolescents by catering to projects situated in the Northwest region of the United Republic of Tanzania on the South-Western shores of Lake Victoria.
This is a small not-for-profit, Children’s Rights organization located in rural Bukoba. Our focus is on the empowerment of children and young youth suffering from abuse, poverty, and exclusion. We focus on teenage girls as well as children living on the street. We continuously try to change the often, unbearable living conditions of our beneficiaries. Furthermore, we co-operate with local schools, social welfare officers, and other NGOs as well.
The purpose of our projects is to aid our beneficiaries by fighting against poverty and injustice.
1. Street Children & Young Youth Project
We visit the local streets to assess their condition, teaching children some subjects, conducting sports & games provide first aid, and speak to them to find an opportunity to encourage them off the streets also reunite a child with the family. We then create a file with background information for every child accounted for, which helps us identify their needs, locate any newcomers and assist them as well as refer them to the applicable services.
Our current focus is to improve the conditions of young youth and children's livelihood by providing them with soft and technical skills for professions such as carpentry (woodwork), welding, computer and business skills along with self-awareness. This helps improve their ability to get better job opportunities, resume school, connect with shelters and families. Moreover, the organization provides literacy lessons for those who do not know how to read and write. We need your experience in employability and turn ideas into a viable job or create jobs from surrounding challenges.
Additionally, we helped initiate a program that identifies children and young youth based on their talent or skill which will help them become employed and get off the streets.
We also assist in initiating activities such as talent shows where children and young youth can participate through musical performances as well as different sports like soccer with meeting with counselors to connect them to the applicable partners according to skill. The project helps collaborate with different organizations or companies, communities, and individuals to create a conducive environment for an apprenticeship to further develop their talents/skills.
Sports>we are train street children and young youth in football 3 times a week.
Other which can be applicable
2. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Project
In order to contribute to girl’s empowerment, the organization focuses on education. Many teenage girls are not aware of how to handle their menstruation and often miss school due to discomfort or drop out due to pregnancy. This leaves them with lower education levels than their male counterparts, limiting prospects. To avoid that, the organization takes responsibility by implementing sex education courses in secondary schools to raise awareness and provide accurate information for students. We also aim to assist girls to prepare reusable and safe alternatives to use during menstruation. Girls without access to sanitary pads often miss three to four days of classes each month during menstruation, which adds up to 30 to 40 missed days per school year.
A volunteer will be involved in the following :
-Prepare lessons and facilitate in the school
-Conduct research or assessment when needed
- Provide mentorship among students
-Attend community meetings both in village and school
-Prepare a plan and report
-Train teachers and community
-Prepare monitoring tools for the projects
-Train staff on issues concerning gender, girls rights, Menstruation, sexual and reproductive rights education
Among other future projects we want to: (a) Build a youth learning center as well as a proper nursery place for children and (b) build volunteer houses.
Traveling is no such problem. We provide guidance for the destination and can even make sure someone assists you. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information on what is provided here. We will answer all your questions and provide the best advice on general issues such as health, culture, weather, excursions, travel, visa issuances, safety, and special events. Do not forget to check us out on social media!
Special note for Volunteers/interns: The sooner you confirm, the earlier we can serve you. We receive a lot of inquiries so please send or accept our offer as soon as you receive it!
Babysitting and creative play
This opportunity provides a chance to develop new friendships, visit new historical sites, learn native Tanzanian cultures such as food, language, clothing, housing, and traditional customs.
We believe we can offer a life-changing experience to the Project volunteers!!
Not only because you will assist us in our great challenge to meet our mission goals but also because it will change how you see our community, our country, the whole of Africa!
You will be immersed in our daily lives, understand our diverse culture, our history, our language. We are sure you will learn Swahili and Haya words to enrich your experience! This opportunity will give you a chance to understand Haya culture, their traditions, their homes and villas, the Haya dancing and so much more.
We also organize Safari trips to the Ugandan Border, with nearby National parks that include Rubondo Island, and others like Serengeti and Ngorongoro parks (considered two of the bests for wildlife spotting). We can organize all types of Safari trips from budget/camping options to hotels and lodges inside the parks. Safari activities include Safari walks, waterfalls sightseeing, mountain trekking, game viewing, photographic excursions to name a few.
Visit natural tourist attractions in Kagera Region:
-Visiting traditional house of chief Rumanyika of Karagwe at BweraNyange, chief Kasusura of Biharamulo and chief Balamba of Ngara.
-Visiting the five (5) game reserves of Kagera region – Biharamulo (1,300 sqkms).
-Burigi (220 sqkms); Kimisi (1026 sqkms).Rumanyika (800 sqkms) and Ibanda (200 sqkms).
-Visiting Minziro forest reserve
-Visiting the hot springs of mtagata, the Yerusalem caves and Rusumo falls.
-Visiting the paintings in Busota caves, wood carvings, and handcrafts
-Visiting Kamulihotsprings in Karagwe district
-Visiting the natural trenches located at bwaja
-Visiting kigarama, katoke and Kyamunena falls.
The region is also rich in mineral resources with gold found in Biharamulo district and nickel in Ngara district.
Volunteers/interns can also improve their skills related to working with a non-profit such as program development and grant writing. We will be happy to provide letters of recommendation to our interns/volunteers.
To get a more enriching experience, volunteers/interns are encouraged to communicate in Swahili, pick up a few words, and learn the language which is entirely optional. We are exploring a new program with cultural tourism so volunteers will have some unique opportunities.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
1. Throughout the years, we have developed 3 programs represented by various projects.
We need assistance in fundraising projects (attracting donations, applying for grants to implement the project). Require work on:
b) Child Protection- shelter, food, parents, and family, studies, child development and maintain child interest per policies.
a) Youth Empowerment - skills development, technical training, job skills, and ensuring a livelihood.
c) Wellbeing - SRHR, safe period, triaged health services, maintain personal hygiene, trauma, therapy, emotional support, self-esteem, and psychology.
Our focus lies on areas such as training, workshops, meetings as well as monitoring, coaching, and mentoring.
Fundraising and Awareness
In order to further develop, improve conditions, and maintain our place; we need immense help with fundraising and grants. We do a lot of work every day, but financial aid remains the biggest challenge.
We would truly appreciate the help of a volunteer who could come with new financing ideas, develop new partnerships or create a way for us to make money independently. Moreover, we need someone who can assist us in spreading awareness about our projects globally. If you have the willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing, or if you know organizations, people, or businesses that could support us, come make a difference!
Volunteers are more than welcome to use their skills to contribute to our projects, especially within our Youth learning center program.
This means you can be directly involved in the available daily activities which include street visits, family visits, preparing lessons, delivering lessons to students, create artwork, playing with children, preparing meals, household chores, homework, general counseling, computers/internet usage, and gardening. You can also help with writing content, website maintenance and social media networks, wood carving, carpentry, documentation, report writing along with fundraising.
I would like volunteers/interns to work with us for 3 weeks or more, preferably one month, even a year and above. Amazing experiences await you!
Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
Volunteers/interns will be able to stay with a host family where everyone has separate rooms. At present, we have 2 rooms for accommodation where one is sharing (same gender) and the other is private. The restroom is shared with other people staying.
We normally provide volunteers/interns with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) whenever they are in the home or office where vegetarian meals are also available. We offer locally sourced, fresh, and nutritious produce in meals cooked for other volunteers and people working at the project including children. Please let us know in advance if you have any strict dietary restrictions. Bukoba is abundant in natural varieties of food, with a rarity to have European dishes. Volunteers/interns will also have the chance to travel to the local market to buy food and prepare it as they wish when working with us.
Furthermore, a volunteer/intern can learn to prepare local dishes (cook) or prepare his/her home dishes.
We kindly ask all volunteers/interns to contribute a small amount of (USD 5) per day, this cash will support the host to provide you with the meals during your stay, it will be paid directly to the host family or the person in charge of purchasing food for a charity/NGO. It will use only for the purposes of food and not as a donation towards the project or charity
On non-working days, volunteers/interns can relax at the beach at Lake Victoria and explore Bukoba.
We have a dear friend who is an excellent guide and can recommend many interesting sights to see! There are cultural attractions and waterfalls among other things. There are also many Boda Boda (motorbike taxis) to help volunteers travel within the city.
To build a better connection with children, you can surprise them with gifts (used staff suitable to carry) that meet their requirements such as:
-Clothes, toys, boarding games, sports gear,
- Electronics stuff (keyboard, old laptop, iPad, camera etc..
- Pens, pencils, rubbers, world-map, school bag, exercise books, English books, learning materials, watercolor paint to draw
-First aid kits, musical instruments, camera, watercolor paint to draw but also support us with anything you think is useful to children and young youth to give them more joy.-
- Paper (A4 for example) etc..
- Pens, pencils, rubbers, world-map, school bag etc...
The organization haven't transport facilities to the field, most of them are hired individual, and public transport when is available
HOW TO GET TO OUR PROJECT FROM BUKOBA AIRPORT
The closest domestic Airport is the Bukoba Airport, located 20 minutes from Bukoba town. You can travel to our house either by taxi or motorbike known as Boda Boda and will take approximately 17 to 20 minutes.
If this opportunity interests you, an ordinary Visa will cost you USD50.
'There are six types of visa valid for entry into Tanzania ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY VISA) This visa is granted to foreign nationals for the purposes of Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conference, Humanitarian and charity activities, Family Visit, Health Treatment or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority '
(This is a government regulation) which you can apply for online or on arrival where we normally provide an invitation letter. Get more details before you apply for this opportunity by getting in touch with us.
WHAT TO PACK
Apart from clothes for hot weather, please also keep light jackets for the night/windy weather. A raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Do bring along flip-flops and hiking boots or comfortable shoes so you can explore the mountains in the surrounding areas.
Since medication and other related items are difficult to find, so make sure to bring your sunscreen and mosquito repellent along with your normal medicine prescription. Furthermore, some people take Malaria prophylaxis pills when traveling to Tanzania so please do check if you would like to carry it along.
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
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 volunteer‘s 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.
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