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




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  • Description


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

    1. Kids House - We directly house, feed, educate, provide health care & support 17 children in our love filled home with our children ranging in age from 3 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 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 supplied re-usable sanitary pads to the women of the village and taught some of our staff members to tailor. Lastly we create jobs for the local community where possible

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • 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 and 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

  • 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 kids both at the Kids 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 17 children is a lot of work and any help with daily chores is massively appreciated

    3. Home schooling and exercise program for Brian (aged 12)

    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 spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Luganda'n & Lusoga

  • Accommodation


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

    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


    There are several ways of getting here with the most popular being a private hire taxi directly from Entebbe airport which takes 3-4 hours which we can organize for you or the Pineapple Express shuttle service (refer their website)

    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

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    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. 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

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    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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