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We are a registered community project only 9km’s away from Jinja town in the village of Kyabirwa right next to the Nile river
Our vision is to provide our kids with access to an education, medical and dental care in a happy, healthy, safe, caring & love filled family environment whilst empowering our staff and community as a whole
We are a boarding house, a school and women's and community empowerment group all rolled into one and we do this in four ways:
1. Kids House - We directly house, feed, educate, provide health care & support 20 kids in our love filled home with our kids ranging in age from 3 to 14
2. School - We built a school where all of our kids in addition to those from the surrounding area attend
3. Womens & community empowerment - We work with local women who are experiencing financial difficulties by supplying them with seeds & teaching them about farming practices so they can grow crops and earn an income via our Seeds of Change project. We have also in the past paid for members of our village to have surgical operations, supported local football teams, supplied re-usable sanitary pads to the women of the village, taught some of our staff members to tailor and even donated care packages to the women in nearby Jinja prison - the list is a long one!
4. Lastly we create jobs for the local community where possible
Please note that we do have animals in case you have allergies
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We welcome all volunteers to our team and will teach them about life in rural Uganda explaining our traditions, beliefs and customs
We cook outdoors using charcoal stoves and will gladly teach volunteers how to cook the Ugandan specialties of posho, beans or rice. We would love for you to cook one of your national dishes for the children
We attend church on a Sunday if transport is available and anyone who wants to join us is welcome to come along and experience an all-dancing, all-singing African service
We can also offer volunteers a chance for language exchange and can teach Luganda’n or Lusoga
There is an endless list of things for volunteers to do and we welcome anyone with a desire to get involved regardless of experience or expertise. Below we have outlined the main activities but we are also happy for volunteers to come with ideas for things that will help our project grow and develop
1. Teaching the kids both at the Kids House and the school depending on if school is 'in'
2. General help preparing food, washing clothes, cleaning and collecting water - Looking after 20 children is a lot of work and any help with daily chores is massively appreciated
3. Home schooling and exercise program for Brian (aged 14)
4. Women's & community activities - we would love to run more community activities such as health education and would love if any volunteers could help us get these sessions running
For example, one past volunteer supplied and distributed washable and reusable women's sanitary pads for the village women & another volunteer set up a sewing machine & provided training for local women on making clothing and bags
We are currently researching where to purchase the 'PUL' fabric needed to make our own reusable sanitary pads & diapers, where to source women's reusable sanitary cups (plus dietary advice for natural sources of iron) and looking at creating malaria prevention (nets and natural preventatives), clean drinking water and birth control (implants) projects
5. Maintenance - Their is always something to fix or improve. Past volunteers have found themselves concreting, laying bricks, doing carpentry, fixing motorbikes, maintaining the bore hole, hanging doors and all sorts of odd jobs
Volunteers are asked to help out for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week and we like to give volunteers the flexibility to choose work that they enjoy doing and when they do it & are always happy for volunteers to come up with new ways in which they can help our project
We do ask though that all volunteers put our children first, the community at large second and themselves third
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Volunteers stay in one of our home stays which are within a 5-minute walk from the kids house & school. The home stay’s have everything you need and give you the additional benefit of the cultural experience (and an income for the host)
For showering there is the opportunity of the classic African bucket shower but most volunteers choose to go down to one of the tourist camps 1km away where there are both hot water showers & flushing toilets. It is only a 10 minute walk away and is a great place for chilling out, getting a drink or maybe a meal if you are craving burgers or fries
We only ask for 15,000 Ugandan shillings per person per day (approx $4 USD) which includes accommodation and three meals a day
The meals we provide are 99% vegetarian, vegan and gluten free and we ask for a minimum stay of two weeks so you can get used to the routine of the day
The local camp’s offer free (slow) wi-fi however if you prefer to have your own internet connection this can be organized easily and cheaply with the purchase of a local SIM card and data pack in Jinja town - all you need is your passport and money
As we are on the banks of the Nile river & volunteers can enjoy all of the activities the local camps & community offer’s including kayaking, white water rafting, stand up paddle boarding, ATV or mountain bike tours, village walks, craft lessons, yoga classes, massages etc. You can also safely swim in the river at the nearby Nile River Camp or if you prefer they have a swimming pool which you can use for a small fee
We are only a 20 minute Boda-Boda ride (motorbike taxi) from Jinja town where you can visit the source of the Nile, find Western style restaurants and bars and do any shopping you need to
Volunteers can also explore more of Uganda with share taxis available frequently & cheaply from Jinja to Sipi falls, Itanda Falls & Mt Elgon to name a few. We are centrally located between Kampala to the West and the Busia Kenyan border crossing to the East
GETTING HERE FROM KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE:
There are several ways of getting here with the most popular being either a private hire taxi directly from Entebbe airport which takes 3-4 hours and we can organize for you or the Pineapple Express shuttle service (refer their website for details)
Alternately there are many shared taxis and buses that run between Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja however it requires up to 4 different taxis/share taxis and can take up to 7 hours depending on how long the share taxis take to fill
GETTING HERE FROM ELSEWHERE:
The recommended way of getting a visa is applying online (please only use the official Ugandan government immigration website!), it is the same price whether you ask for 30 or 90 days but you may only get the option of a 30 day visa if doing a border crossing. This varies from nationality to nationality so check out the Ugandan Immigration website for further information
Ugandan tourist visa extensions can be easily organized in nearby Jinja at the regional immigration office
Alternately you can get the 90 day East African Tourist (EAT) visa which also grants you entry into Kenya & Rwanda (information can be found on the Immigration Uganda Visa and Passes web page)
You will be asked for evidence of a Yellow Fever vaccination so we strongly recommend you have it
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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