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"SAVED TO SERVE."
Meet Francis. As a boy, tired from the challenges of poverty and homelessness, Francis was taken in by an orphanage/home for street kids, which provided safety, stability, an education, and opportunity. Wanting to give back to his community, along with his "brother" Brian, their community based organization, and now NGO, was founded. Both Francis and Brian, as former street kids themselves, understand the many challenges street children face every day, and are able to offer a unique connection for encouragement, hope, and support for rehabilitation.
Home for street kids- Sharing love and compassion to serve the needs of homeless children to reduce causes and cycles of poverty. Reuniting with family is preferred, however for some, this may not be an option at the present. Using their own small salaries, occasional donations, and working with schools to extend grace periods on fees, they provide not only an education for the school age boys the serve, but also safe housing, mentoring, meals, hygiene, clothing, school fees/supplies, and attempts to work with families for more home based support. As funding and other resources become more available and sustainable, they will continue to work towards their goal of expanding to include stronger support for the needs of young girls (school fees are currently supplied to several girls), younger children, those with disabilities, and strengthening broken family bonds.
Other projects include:
Women empowerment- Menstrual health management for school girls, as well as education and sensitization to decrease stigma associated with menstruation. Restoring hope/mindset and providing training for income earning opportunities for single mothers and girls who have not been able to complete formal schooling.
School outreach- Topics such as career counseling, sanitation and hygiene, disease prevention such as malaria, typhoid, and HIV, menstruation sensitization to help keep girls in school.
Musical activities/musical instrument instruction- Provides a positive activity to build functional skills and self esteem, and may provide a means for earning income.
Partnering with other people, projects, and charitable organizations to facilitate community development.
Although they have a foundation of Christian values, volunteers from ALL walks of life will be warmly welcomed!!
"EVERY LIFE COUNTS."
In transparency, Francis is not the main host of this profile, as it may be more difficult for him to access in a very timely manner. My name is Sarah and I am here to assist with initial requests. As mentioned, Francis's organization also offers support for community development and charitable work in partnering with others. He proved to be a compassionate and trusted resource for me, as he coordinated getting desperately needed school supplies (large chalkboards, text/exercise books, etc.) to a rural village in the Rubanda district near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and plans for continued support as possible.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
-Experience incredible Ugandan hospitality, with the local languages, greetings, dress, customs, and sharing in the day to day way of life! Build life long connections and friendships, while making a difference in this corner of the world :)
-Try the local food, shop at the markets, learn to prepare Ugandan dishes using local stoves with firewood or charcoal.
-Experience traditional songs and dances.
-Typically every weekend is an opportunity to attend a wedding ceremony with traditional dress, food, music, customs.
-Attend the vibrant church services.
-Discuss current local and global issues and implications for a developing nation or local community, share perspectives!
There are so many ways to help within the community and this organization! If there is a specific interest or an desire for implementing a custom program, feel free to share!
-English language practice for speaking, reading, and writing
-Teach a subject/class at local primary school or high school that is partnered. Hours per day will depend on preference and/or agreed amount with school administration.
-Assist with daily duties of the small grocery shop recently established for income.
-Musical instrument instruction for children (violin, trumpet, guitar, keyboard)
-Cooking/food preparation, cleaning, general household/office maintenance.
-Child care/leisure activities- sports (play, coach), games, music, arts/crafts, etc.
-Street kids outreach
-School outreach for education in sanitation/hygiene, disease prevention, menstrual health and sensitization
-Women empowerment- participate in or teach skills for income (crafts, jewelry, sewing, weaving, hair dressing, small agriculture, etc.), finances/budgeting, literacy, family planning, sanitary pad distribution, counseling for a variety of issues, hope restoration, etc.
-Assistance with social media, website construction
-Videography and/or photography to support both local and online presence, increased awareness, and fundraising
-Assistance and/or training/guidance for fundraising, obtaining grants/proposal writing, project monitoring/management, accountability/transparency, networking and partnering with other organizations, etc.
-First aid training
-Connections exist for possible volunteering in local medical establishment
-Agricultural opportunities possible at family farm doing chores such as feeding livestock, gardening/harvesting, etc.
Luganda, Ganda: Fluent
Home with own room. There is separate accommodation for single males/females as needed (couples or co-ed group of friends may share house or room). Gated for security. Water, flush toilets. There is not wifi on premises, however local SIM cards/data plan can be purchased, and wifi/internet can be accessed at nearby hotel or internet cafe.
Daily food needs will mostly be the responsibility of the volunteer. There are markets, food stalls, restaurants very near. There is opportunity to prepare food at host home as well. Host will always be available to ensure volunteers feel safe and comfortable.
As this location is in the southwestern region, there is much to explore in this area!!! Visit cultural and community centers in town, rural villages and farmland, trek for primates and vast variety of birds and other creatures in one or more of Uganda's national forests. Take a safari in Queen Elizabeth or Mburo National Park. Shop, attend cultural activities/events. Host can assist in organizing/advising on transportation or other needs as they arise.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
2-3 hours per day (or more if you like) 4-5 days/week