School, boarding house & women's/community empowerment in Jinja district, Uganda

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  • Description

    Description

    Our Foundation is 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 children 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 school, a boarding house and a women's and community empowerment group all rolled into one and we do this in four ways:

    1. School - We built a school where children from the local village attend as 'walk in's' in addition to those who board with us

    2. Boarding House - We provide boarding facilities including nutritious meals, schooling, access to health care & support for up to 20 children in our love filled home with our children ranging in age from 4 to 14

    3. Women's & community empowerment - We work with local women and indeed all members of the community primarily via empowerment using education (knowledge = power), up-skilling (tailoring, jewellery making, growing crops) or direct employment as our tools of choice

    4. Community health - When possible, we provide assistance on any and all health issues. We have in the past paid for members of our village to have surgical operations, supplied re-usable sanitary pads to the women of the village and even donated care packages to the women in nearby Jinja prison - the list is a long one!

    Please note that we do have animals in case you have allergies

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    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 children at our school

    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. Assisting with an 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

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    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.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers stay in one of our home stays which are within a 5-minute walk from the our school and boarding house. 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

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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:
    Ask us

    VISA'S etc:

    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

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    15,000 Ugandan shillings per person per night (approx $4 USD) which includes accommodation, three meals a day.

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