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Hello beautiful friends in development, my name is Shimoni from Uganda, the founder of baby-friendly community organization. Shimoni was a former VSO International volunteer in the Gambia West Africa and an inspirator- (volunteer) with action Aid International Bangladesh. And childcare work with World Vision Uganda. Being a former international volunteer, l know what it means to be a volunteer!!! And that is what drives me whenever l host volunteers, so just count to me. With a big smile, l welcome you to volunteer with us.
1. Supporting vulnerable children with income-generating activities, which can enable them to thrive through life challenging experiences. Supporting them to acquire a vocational skill like hairdressing, tailoring, phone repair.
2. To look for sponsors who are willing to support vulnerable children acquire an education.
3. Host both non-skilled and skilled international volunteers with various skills to volunteer with us.
Creating a progressive and independent society.
"To fulfill God's heart for children"
"Promoting Child-friendly communities"
Our core values are;
a) Love of children and youth living in poverty.
b) Health children and Youth
c) Health mothers
To ensure legal validity has so far obtained a registration from the government community development department at the sub-district level which was obtained in 2015. And we are in the process of upgrading to the district level.
Location of the organization:
This project is located at kayabwe Equator in Nkozi Sub-county, Mpigi district 82 km from Kampala the Capital city of Uganda.
OUR WORKING APPROACH
The organization runs it's integrated development activities in Nkozi sub-district in Mpigi District, Central Uganda and it's where it regulates its project activities and maintains communication and liaison with concerned government departments, stakeholders and other development partners.
Important to note we have entered into partnership with churches, hospitals, health centers, Uganda Martyr's University Nkozi, high schools, primary schools, key farmers and farmer groups to implement our interventions in a practical approach for easy knowledge sharing and transfer,to enable our friends the international interns, volunteer to enjoy their stay with us, so feel free to join us.
The CBO is run by a general body (GB) consists of 20 members of different professionals. GB meets once yearly in the annual General meeting ( AGM). The role if GB is to elect Executive committee (EC) members for the 2 years duration, review the ongoing organizational activities and approves the yearly organizational activity plan.
The Executive Committee ( EC) consists of 6 members - elected by the GB for two years duration. EC meets once every three months to discuss the progress of the organizational activities, take part in the policy making process, organizational management, development and take initiative to implement the different activities of the organization and solve problems if the organization faces so far.
The CBO also has got an advisory committee (AC) consists of 3 members from different professionals selected by the GB for 2 years duration. The role of AC is to advise the EC while the organization faces any critical crises or problem and plays an active role in organizational management and development
PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES WE OFFER
Uganda is one of the friendliest nations you can visit in Africa - and even the world - with their wonderful hospitality earning the top spot in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel rankings just a few years ago. And if the hospitality isn’t enough to tie you in, Uganda is also known for amazing food (chicken stew, plantains, banana/ matooke, donuts, “petas’ Vegs, and so much more!) And incredible wildlife such crocodiles, etc…
Despite Uganda’s attraction, it is among the poorest countries in the world and truly in need of aid. Many Ugandans live on less than one dollar per day, and the country’s population is among the youngest in the world. Half of Uganda’s citizens are under the age of 14 - and as a result, there is a great need for volunteers like you to help with everyday care and support. Hospitals and schools are shorthanded and are barely equipped with the necessary means to stay operational, many children are orphaned or have very young parents, HIV/AIDS is prevalent nationwide, and general health knowledge is not widely known or understood among the country’s population.
BACKGROUND OF OUR PLACEMENT PARTNERSHIP
We have partnered with local partners to enable us to serve our dear volunteers!!!! As the infrastructure of local villages collapses, you can be there to help build community centers and schools to provide educational and vocational training opportunities. You can volunteer to teach English and other subjects such as math, social sciences, physical education, and basic health both to children and to adults. And you can provide basic childcare and other support services to young parents and within the community, centers caring for children in need. In Uganda, there’s so much you can do as a volunteer to improve the quality of life for even one person. You will be welcomed as a friend, and you will leave as family.
Are you ready to embark on your African adventure? If so, read on to learn about the many wonderful volunteer opportunities you can participate in to make a difference in Uganda!
We offer several different volunteer placements, including teaching, child care, medical care, sports coaching, HIV/AIDS support, and women’s education. And we are one of the most affordable volunteer organizations in Uganda, You’ll live in a shared house with your fellow volunteers with family members, have three meals per day, not forgetting cups of coffee and have lots of fun, time to explore the area and learn more about the amazing community you’ll live in.
In this program interns of various fields from medical care, to women’s empowerment, to teaching, childcare, teaching, and community development. You’re invited to stay one week or longer in Uganda, starting from Depending on the project you apply for, you’ll stay either with a host family or in a shared volunteer house, with three meals provided each day.
SPORTS EDUCATION VOLUNTEERING
If you want to volunteer with children in Uganda, sports education program may be the perfect fit: through this placement, You’ll help to teach physical education classes and lead other sports activities for students in a primary or secondary school. While you’ll generally follow the school curriculum and teach topics scheduled for that term, you’re also encouraged to introduce new games and activities to the students - and you’re invited to bring equipment along with you to help contribute to the program. In addition to coaching and mentoring, you’ll work alongside teachers to educate your students in arts, math, English, music, science, or social studies in the classroom.
MEDICAL CARE VOLUNTEERING
One of the many volunteer placement opportunities offered in Uganda through our initiative, we invite you to assist in local clinics providing health care and support for local residents. Unfortunately, these clinics are low on resources and staff - so as a volunteer, your assistance is needed and cherished. You will work alongside doctors and nurses to take on a variety of cases depending on your level of experience.
Your volunteer opportunities through our initiative of a medical program with us here can include maternity, pediatrics, geriatrics, laboratory, pharmacy, cancer screening, family planning, immunizations, de-worming, general medicine, gynecology, dentistry, and HIV/AIDS. In addition, you will have the chance to participate in community outreach and other work at least once a week - a great way to learn more about the people you’ll support, and their culture and needs. You can expect to work between four and six hours each day, Monday through Friday
VOCATIONAL SKILLING VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Through this arrangement, as a volunteer, you can share your valuable skills in a local technical vocational school where you’ll team up with local Instructors and fellow volunteers to empower youth with vocational skills and even give local buildings a new, fresh look, and assist with construction and site preparation projects. A few of your tasks can include demolition, digging, clearing rubble, bricklaying, plumbing, and carpentry. In addition, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to work within the community through business training, micro-financing training, and support for women’s groups, environmental conservation, sanitation, and other developmental projects. You can expect to work Monday through Friday each week.
Feel free to reach us for any arrangement through work away arrangements
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We do believe that the volunteers will benefit from the cultural diversity of Uganda, will be inspired, motivated, get new insights, perspective,friends, and there will be a holistic transformation from both parties.
In order to improve the well being of the children, youth, in our communities, we welcome people whom we can join hands with infill filling Gods' heart for children in one of the following interventions;
A. EARLY CHILD HOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER AFFAIRS
- Designing and child friendly learning environment
- Decorating and painting
- Designing play center
- Developing learning aids for 1- 6 years
- Teaching little kids songs, drawings
- Making fun with children
- Childcare support in the baby section
- Teaching little children drawing, shading
- Developing the capacity of our childcare workers
B. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
- Resource mobilization for project work, we aspire to acquire more funds to address the overpowering needs of children and their communities.
- Child sponsorship marketing, this entails searching for Pen pals, individuals, organizations that can sponsor our children's education.
- Conducting individual child health screening (Opticians, Nutritionists, Midwives, Dentists, Doctors, health promoters, Clinical officers Nurses inclusive interns, etc... are highly required)
D. ) PERMACULTURE
- For pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, HIV positive groups ( in either vegetable, herbs, flower, growing)
E. COMPUTER TRAINING
-For our child care workers and youth.
F. We also need to meet new people and make friends with various skills from different parts of the world to enable BOTH of us to learn new culture and language for this we can host you as a family guest in our compound.
Luganda, Ganda: Fluent
At the moment, There is a house with two rooms which can accommodate two people at ago as per the moment, with a bathroom inside, with a pit latrine outside it in good condition at Shimoni's home.
You will also contribute 5 dollars per day to enable us in the feeding and paying a person who will be washing your clothes and cleaning your room. So kindly plan accordingly.
There is harvested clean rainwater and tap water within the compound. But not inside the house.
Currently, we have solar which runs only 4 hours in the night in case you are using a lop top and a few appliances but the lights can go up to the morning, this solar only is used in the night time, but at the office we use electricity.
For those with special dietary needs/ cases, please let us know in advance for effective proper planning of your comfortable stay with us. In case you feel you want to cook/ prepare your own meals according to your desire or other issues, you are free to do so, we shall not be offended.
First of all, We are located at the equator line which is a tourist center with a lot of cultural items to enjoy every day in your free time with all types of dishes as per your taste.
Secondly, We are near the crocodile farm which is 16 Km away from the project area with accommodation for visitors and a place for resting. There various fishing grounds and landing sites in some parts of our catchment areas, there is a nearby local beach within our part of the catchment area.
There is a hotel near our office with a swimming pool so life becomes enjoyable.
As we work and live with our good and valuable volunteers, we would expect them to respect and value their life and health and mind their security all the time.
We expect them not to smoke, drink in the public, office. It would be good for them to respect the children we work with as per our child protection policy.
We welcome any kind of donation for our community which is not for security threat of the country
HITS ON CLOTHES;
1. For male visitors plan to bring trousers and light button-up shirts and T.shirts
2. Female visitors will free more comfortable in skirts, jean trousers, dresses, T.shirts which cover knees, breasts.
PICK UP FROM THE AIRPORT
At your cost(please note this), the organization will make sure that organizes a van to pick you or connect you to some of the trusted taxi operators at the airport drop you to the equator where we are based. It is only 82km from the Kampala city of Uganda to the project area on Kampala- Masaka road. And it currently costs between 60 to 80 dollars from the airport to our location.
It is a good idea that you come with money in the right form for your personal stay and comfort.
Cash can be exchanged on arrival at the airport and at different Banks within the city and we have one branch within our area of operation the services are not good in line with changing money. It is a good idea to bring US dollars or UK pounds ONLY. For Us dollars, they only accept $ 50 and $ 100 us dollar denomination notes, all small notes have a lower rate value exchange. With the US dollar, denomination notes MUST be printed after 2009 and above as these are the ones that are acceptable on Market here.
VITAL TO NOTE:
As you buy a visa at the airport, please check the dollars they return to you, as will save you from getting FAKE dollars on arrival.
It's a good idea to write down the codes of those dollars in the presence of that person who has given you that dollar, in case it bounces, it becomes easy to return it to them.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Given the fact that we located in a rural setting our connection is not on 24/7, however we can always plan at what time we can be able to access connectivity during the working hours or at night depending on the project we are working on.
We have a 50 by 20 feet space where a van can be placed, however, currently, we are working on completing the facing of the whole place and in the next year 2021 we will be through.
In case you are staying in a shared house, we can't allow but if you are staying in a private two-room house alone we can accept.
More than two
3 days per week 5 hours a day