We are a non-governmental organization which helps the orphaned and homeless kids and kids from families with difficult backgrounds (neglect, alcoholism, abuse) to leave the streets and offers them a safe haven where they can live, get counseling and education. We also prepare them for adulthood, to be responsible citizens and to find their role in the society.
The project has been started in 2010 and involves 8 staff members who work with 45 children. The house where children and staff live is located in Kabale, near Kabale - Kisoro Road, before the junction to Lake Bunyonyi.
Our vision: A town where no child feels that he or she has to live on the street.
Mission: To provide an effective intervention programme to the street children of Kabale that will offer them a valuable alternative to living on the street.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Volunteers will be able to work with Ugandan children who have lost their homes. They will learn how to work with underprivileged children who appreciate everything they can give them and see the results of their work. Travellers will also meet with Ugandan culture and traditions, see inside people's homes and really get to know African way of living, beautiful countryside and Bunyonyi lake. They will gain friends - brothers and sisters - for life and have a lot of fun.
Volunteers can teach the children different activities and skills: art drawing, creative writing in English, how to read, storytelling, fairytale telling, drama group, mime games, sports games, learning how to swim, board games, crafts (making things from clay or things you bring with), show them why school is important and how can it be fun, play games with them when they are not in school, teach them how to cook, take care of basic hygiene, how to manage money and costs - prepare them for the future, to be independent.
Psychologists and social workers are also very welcome to work with children who have behavioural problems, abandonment issues, minor addiction problems etc.
Volunteers can help the cook prepare and serve meals, draw some paintings on the wall, help with the interior decoration, maintenance in the house, do some gardening around the house.
Volunteers will stay in the house where the children and staff are also staying. They will have their own room, there is a bunk bed and a single bed, but more can be added if needed. The room also has a shower and a toilet.
Travellers will be provided with three meals per day: breakfast (Ugandan tea, maize porridge, milk and sweet bread buns), lunch and dinner (local food like: rice, maize porridge, g-nut sauce, beans, different vegetables, sweet potatoes, matoke etc.). There are supermarkets in the vicinity, so volunteers can also prepare their own food.
Usually weekends are free, but volunteers are allowed to manage their time with children by themselves (after discussing it with director of the house) and take some time off when they need to.
Kabale is a town in southwestern Uganda. You can get there easily by a bus from Kampala (8 hrs) or Kigali (2 hrs; the capital of Rwanda). To go around town, you can easily walk, take a "boda boda" or a taxi.
You can take half an hour drive to the beautiful and relaxing lake Bunyonyi, where you can swim, sunbathe, hike the hills around or go canoe trekking. You can find some photos of Lake Bunyonyi islands (there are almost 30 islands) in the gallery.
The Mgahinga National Park is only a two hour drive away. You can climb one of the extinct volcanoes with a guide (Muhabura, Gahinga or Sabyinyo). You can also track gorillas or chimpanzees or go bird watching here.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is very popular for gorilla tracking, it is a one hour drive away. For safaris, you can also go to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is a three hour drive away.
We can connect you with some local drivers and guides to help you with transport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week