Community, pre & primary school & womens empowerment in Jinja district, Uganda

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a registered community project only 9km’s away from Jinja town in the village of Kyabirwa which is right on the Nile river

    Our sole purpose is to provide our 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. Our children are our number one priority and our community is our number two priority

    We are a children's home, a pre & primary school & women's empowerment group all rolled into one: we do this in three ways:

    1. Healing House - We directly house, feed, educate, provide health care & support 18 children in our love filled home. The children range in age from 2 to 12

    2. Pre & primary school - We set up a pre & primary school where all of our children in addition to those from the surrounding area attend

    3. Womens empowerment - We work with local single mothers 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 who in turn support by donating part of the proceeds of their crops when they go to market. We have also in the past supplied re-usable sanitary pads to the women of the village, taught some of our staff members to tailor and are in the process of getting approval to be able to supply toiletries and some of life's necessities to the local women's prison

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • 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 wood & charcoal stoves & we will gladly teach volunteers to cook the Ugandan specialties of rice, beans, posho & chapatis & invite you to cook one of your national dishes for the children

    We attend church on a Sunday when there are sufficient funds for transport 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

  • Help

    Help

    There is lots 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 Healing House and the pre & primary school depending on if school is 'in'. They love to learn especially through songs and games

    2. General help preparing food, washing clothes, cleaning and collecting water - Looking after 18 children is a lot of work and any help with daily chores is massively appreciated

    3. Home schooling of Brian (aged 12)

    4. Community activities - we would love to run more community activities such as language practice or health education and would love if any volunteers could help us get these sessions running. For example, one past volunteer supplied & distributed washable & reusable women's sanitary pads for the village women & another volunteer set up a sewing machine & provided training for local women on making clothing & bags

    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

    6. Fundraising help - as with most charities it is a constant battle to raise enough funds to support our project. With 18 children to feed, school fees and books to pay for we are constantly looking for new ways to expand and diversify our income streams. Any help with online, local or grant fundraising would be massively appreciated

    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 spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Luganda'n & Lusoga

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers stay in our volunteer’s house (see attached photo) which is only a 3-minute walk away from the children’s house & school. The volunteer’s house is basic yet has everything you need and has two shared rooms (maximum 2 people per room) and one double room for couples

    We now have electricity in the volunteers house which means that volunteers can make a cup of coffee using locally grown & roasted beans on our coffee machine!

    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 night (approx $4 USD) which includes three meals a day

    We also 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 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 ...

    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 - 6,000 shillings) 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. Our volunteer house even has a copy of the Lonely Planet to help you with your plans

    GETTING HERE FROM KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE:

    There are several ways of getting here with the most popular being a private hire taxi directly from Entebbe airport which takes approximately 3 hours which we can organize for you. 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 (Google: Immigration Uganda), it is the same price whether you ask for 30 or 90 days. 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 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

  • 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.
Arafat sharing a bag of crisps with the other kids which was a reward for helping one of the volunteers out at the school during a day off
pre & primary school
One of the volunteers taking Ellie for a walk
pre & primary school
Just as one of our volunteers wanted to treat the kids to smoothies the electricity went out. The solution: a short walk to the local clinic to use their power. Anything is possible ....
Lunch time, one of three times it's quiet at the kids house
Some of local women who amongst other things make carry bags & jewellery
One of the washable & reusable female sanitary pad information & distribution sessions organized by one of our volunteers. Over 100 packs of pads were distributed in two sessions
The Volunteers House, your home away from home
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