My name is Jeremiah, I live with my family in the rural area of Mutoto near Mbale. In 2014 I completed my Masters in Public Health at university in Kampala. I researched the Utilization of Maternal Health Care Services among women of reproductive age in the rural area of Mutoto near Mbale. My studies found very high levels of illiteracy, poverty and high maternal and infant mortality. Furthermore, the roads and steep terrain were isolating the community. Once I qualified as a Public Health Advocate and as a social worker I decided to move to Mutoto to find a way to help the community. And so I founded the community organisation.
I held community meetings to discuss my findings and established that access to a health facility and school was a priority in this remote area. I decided to open a non-profit private school, charging very small fees to cover basic costs. Most importantly, it is situated right in the heart of the community.
We opened the school in May 2017 and currently have 172 pupils from the surrounding area. The schools' buildings are temporary structures, made from wood and iron sheets.
We currently have 6 teachers and 2 staff members, the children love to come to school. My dream is to build a permanent school out of bricks, with tables and chairs including a play area. In June 2018 we made a start with the foundations of the new school, everything is looking positive so far!
To address the infant and maternal mortality rates I also bought land and laid foundations for a small health centre very close to the school. In the future the health centre will provide antenatal care and safe deliveries services for the women in the Mutoto and the surrounding area.
I also try to support family with disabled children and recently I have started a health funding group for mothers who are in the reproductive age.
We have also just launched a new group for women's economic empowerment, where they will be learning skills in tailoring and handicrafts, with the aim of creating sustainable income for women who are out of work or struggling with income.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We will welcome you into our community and teach you all about life in Uganda. My home is situated on the top of the hill in the middle of a beautiful green environment. We can teach you the language and teach you how to cook our delicious local food. You will also get the opportunity to see ceremonial rituals that originated from this village.
Please consider your stay with us seriously since we are a hard working team and prefer people who are independent with good common sense. There are some things that you should take into account. We are not comfortable with drinking alcohol, smoking and drugs. In fact smoking cigarettes in public is prohibited in Uganda.
Ladies should avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing, like shorts and dresses and skirts above the knee.
Public display of affection, particularly for same-sex couples, should be avoided as well.
Whenever you have free time we can arrange trips to Mount Elgon, the Source of the Nile, Sipi Falls, Sissiyi Falls, Wanale Falls, Grapevin Falls, the rock paintings, Murschison Falls, community tours and more. There are so many beautiful and cultural sites to explore, and I worked previously as a tour guide so I have plenty of experience in all Uganda.
Volunteers can help in many different ways. We have listed a few ideas below, however we are open to new ideas.
You can help the teachers and the children in school. If you enjoy teaching you can bring your skills and any examples from home for lessons in reading, mathematics, writing or any other topic you would like to teach. You can work in small groups on a particular subject to give them special attention. All children learn English, so you can help them to practice, even by talking and engaging with them, this can be a big help. Any resources are welcome, for example, if you can bring some small whiteboards with you, they can be used to help practice their handwriting.
Children also need to learn about the digital world, very few children in Mbale have access to and know how to use computers. Bring your laptop, bring an extra, and let them explore the wonders of computers. Simply learning the keys and how to type would be great.
Teach them about hygiene, why it is important to wash your hands, why it is important to use a latrine. We encourage good hygiene and nutrition at school but it takes time for children to learn good practice.
Ugandans love music, singing and dancing. If you play an instrument, bring it with you and teach them new songs and sing together.
Do you like to play football or any other sport? If you can bring some balls or sport equipment we can arrange time to play games with the children.
You can help to develop relationships with the women groups and empower them to start a small business so they can earn a sustainable income. If you are creative you can share this with us and the community. For example if you know how to crochet or knit, teach them to make baby hats, scarves or a small blanket. We do not have the resources so please remember to bring your crochet hooks and needles with you.
Help with construction of the new school we are building, help with making bricks. Help to fetch water. If you are keen to support the building work but do not have the skills or knowledge, we can teach you.
Do you love photography and videos? Make a report of your stay or make a movie about your time with us in Mutoto.
Do you have experience of fundraising? Although we are trying hard to earn money through hard work and school fees to continue the community projects, funds are always needed. Unfortunately only a handful of parents can afford to contribute towards their children's school fees which goes towards paying for a small basic salary for each teacher. If you have an interest in or experience with fundraising or if you know organisations, people or businesses which could help support our non-profit community organisation, you would be making a huge impact on the whole community.
As you can see there are plenty of ways to help! Any help that you can offer either at the school teaching and helping with the children, empowering the womens groups or helping to work with community groups to promote community health and safe motherhood related projects, would be very much appreciated.
If you have family and friends who would like to help with your trip you could ask them to donate whatever they can towards sustaining the work. It's a huge help and a boost to our daily life when our volunteers can fundraise for the basic needs of the school, like books, pens, papers, whiteboards, porridge, soap and toilet paper which otherwise the children will go without.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in this friendly community. It is always positive to have visitors for members of the community to meet and get to know. We enjoy volunteers staying with us in our home and are very welcoming, you can read some of the volunteer reviews to gain a better understanding.
If this is your first time to Uganda the different culture and basic living circumstances can be a a culture shock. Take your time to adjust staying with us and learn about the beauty of living the rural life of a small community.
We hope to hear from you soon! Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
English, Luganda, Kisawahili Lugisu
We will welcome you into our community and especially into our home. My wife Kate and I, as well as our 2 young boys (aged 2 and 4) will teach you all about life in Uganda. We can teach you the local language of Lugisu and teach you how to cook our delicious local food.
You will have a private room in our house and 3 meals per day in the beautiful green surroundings of rural Uganda! However, if you prefer a guest house/lodge we are ready to organise for you depending on your preferance.
To get here you can take a taxi from Entebbe airport to Kampala then YY coaches come straight to Mbale where I will meet you. I can also arrange private transport if you prefer.
We are situated in the Eastern part of Uganda near Mbale. On the back of a boda boda (motorbike) it is about 15 minutes to Bungokho Mutoto. With Mbale so near it is easy to go there for shopping, visiting restaurants or go to a Internet cafe.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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