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My Name is Mwesi, I am the founder and team leaders of a youth led community based organisation established in 2015 in East Africa working to promote the health and well being of specifically youths and children living in rural area of Uganda through Empowerment activities, Health Education and information, and providing a platform that fosters youth participation in development.
We use different channels to empower and build the capacity of young people and children, these include School outreaches, school debates, community dialogues, youth camps, medical camps, vegetable farming, bakery among others.
We are a growing organisation and we get our resources locally from farming mainly, community contributions and friends of the organisation.
As of now we can only afford to work with volunteers both local and international who have been instrumental in contributing to welfare of the communities.
Our community and leaders are very welcoming and are always happy to hear that our organisation has hosted a volunteer from other countries. They give full support and always make sure the volunteer is safe, happy and making friends.
You are very welcome to Uganda. (Butaleja District)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The volunteers will have other benefits including learning about the culture of the Banyole and other tribes around the country. Engage with local people and sharing ideas.
Volunteer can visit and tour the country sites including game parks, water falls, swamps, cities and any other items that they may need to see or learn about. We provide visit local homes, every volunteer can see how looks like the life in a typical African village.
Our hope is to grow into a strong firm and well established organisation which can serve as many communities as possible in future to meet the high demand for services. For us to achieve this we need to strengthen our organisation internal systems and improve on external relations and partnerships.
We welcome everyone and anyone willing to work with us and support us to grow and be a model organisation such that we can use similar skills to strengthen other organisations.
The volunteer will be requested to
1. Support and build the capacity ( Training) of the local volunteer team at office in the following disciplines...
- Finance management
- Program design and project implementation
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Advocacy and Communication
- Resource mobilization
- Networking and Partnerships.
Including support in designing necessary organisation policies and plans.
Volunteers will also support in community projects like..
2. Community Campaign to End Child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
This campaign is aimed at sensitizing community leaders, religious leaders, cultural leaders, teachers, parents, youths, private sector, boys and girls about the dangers of child marriages and benefits of educating children.
The volunteer will work with and support the local team to plan, mobilize stakeholders and resources, facilitate and manage the community dialogues and meetings.
The Volunteer with the local team will thereafter make followups on the documented commitments, and actions suggested by leaders and community members during the meeting or dialogue to make sure they are implemented.
3. School Outreaches and Debate.
This project targets students in schools and is aimed at training and sharing experiences with students about communication skills, self esteem, confidence, life health choices, technical skills and prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.
The volunteer will work with the local team and school leaders to design topics of engagement, identify community role models and facilitators, organize school debates and manage school health clubs among others.
4. Technical Skills Development.
This project aims at building the capacity of youths for economic empowerment. It includes activities like
- Vegetable Farming
- Bakery ( Cake making, small bread, and other snacks)
- Crafts like hand bags, necklaces, bungles, saddles, beads among others
- Tailoring (Making clothes, kitengi, table cloths, school uniforms among others)
The volunteers will support in training and also participate maintenance and managing the different activities of choice.
5. Public Health Education.
This is a community project targeting community groups and Home steads. Here we conduct home visits and visit to community youths and women groups to teach them about disease prevention and health seeking behaviors and practices. Activities include
- Water sanitation and hygiene ( Safe water for consumption, protection of water sources, requirements of a good house hold we support in construction of pit latrines, plate stands, bins)
- Nutrition Camps, Here we work with community groups and train them on how to prepare meals for the different groups of people especially children, we do nutrition assessments and offer referral services to nutrition centers around the country.
- Medical Camps. Here we organize medical outreaches, in hard to reach areas, with the aim of offering free screening services for common diseases, treat common diseases, and offer referral services for complicated cases for further management.
The volunteer will work together with the local team to organize, plan implement and coordinate different partners for these activities.
6. Teaching and Coaching.
We work with a number of local schools including technical colleges, secondary and primary schools. Volunteers are requested to teach different subjects, especially Art, languages, crafts, computer science among other subjects.
7. Greening Africa.
This is an environment conversation project aimed at making Africa a green continent. Volunteers will work with local team to mobilize partners and community members to plant trees and fruits around the community.
Music Dance and Drama and sports are key mechanisms of communication in our community projects. We welcome volunteers who can train and work with local team to organize Music Dance and Drama competitions, talent search shows.
Football for Girls.
We have a campaign to empower girls through football, and we welcome volunteers who are able to train and coach girls in football.
Our organisation has a boys football team and we welcome any volunteer to support in training and coaching the team to be able to compete successfully in friendly matches competitions.
Welcome to Uganda
Our dear Volunteers are accommodated in our local community home where they live with other family members and volunteers become part of the family. We have semi permanent simple community houses where the volunteers will live with other family members.
Because its a local community with limited access to electricity, the houses have solar for only lighting and charging phones/tabloids/cameras. Some houses have a cemented floor and the walls are made of bricks and other houses are made of grass thatched roof but professionally designed to provide comfort to the guests. There is a pit latrine constructed outside the houses.
Volunteers are free to come with camping tents to help in community camps and for convenience.
There is a wide, green compound with a number of fruits like oranges, mangoes, pawpaws, jack fruit, avocados among others.
Each volunteer will be allocated a separate room, within the main house, a bed, mattress and pair of bed sheets though volunteers are encouraged to carry their bedsheets.
Sometimes volunteers may be requested to share a room especially if they came together or know each other.
The volunteers will share food with the family members, where the volunteer may participate in preparing, cooking and serving local foods within the family especially during her free time and weekends.
When the volunteer is willing to contribute to the budget of food in circumstances where the volunteer feels like having a special different meal other than the locally prepared meals, the family will be happy for the contribution but we encourage that the volunteers should try to get used to local foods as much as possible to enable them have a better experience of Africa.
Our offices are located about, 10 minutes by motorbike from the accommodation (residence) place.
We will be able to provide local bicycles to volunteers in case that they cycling.
Volunteers who are able to have their own modern bicycles are free to do so.
While at Office the Volunteers will be able to share an office room but every volunteer will be allocated a special office desk and chair for his/her work. Its from here that we will move together into the community to implement activities. In the office we have access to internet through hotspot.
Meals at Office.
Most cases we have our meals at office for lunch, different volunteers cook in shifts and volunteer will also be assigned to join the different teams or shifts for preparing food.
Welcome to Uganda.
While at their time off, volunteers will be able to visit attraction sites, participate in sports, attend music concerts and any other item that interests them. A team member will always be available to guide and give options to the travellers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week