We are a charity organization reaching out to the Batwa people with education, health care and prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene programs, infrastructure development, land acquisition, evangelism, income generating activities and skills development.
The Batwa are a group of people who were evicted in the early 90s from the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Forest National Park in SW Uganda. Prior to that, the Batwa survived a life of gathering and hunting and lived harmoniously with the resident gorillas.
After eviction from the forests, the Batwa were given no compensation from the government. Some were settled by good samaritans on either barren or poor land while others live as squatters,
Because they lacked skills to adapt to the new environment, The Batwa have lived an impoverished lifestyle with the majority not able to own a place to call "home". The majority of them live in ramshackle houses made of grass or banana leaves,
This has left the Batwa to live vulnerable lives. Many Batwa women and girls are bought for cheap sex in exchange for food others are victims of rape. This, together with the myth that sleeping with Batwa women can cure AIDS and backache, the Batwa have had many unplanned pregnancies and many of them have acquired HIV/Aids.
The Batwa have also ended up with large families they can't take care of.
Acute marginalization in the communities where they live has also deprived them access to major social services. We are a non governmental charitable organization working towards empowering the Batwa to raise their social status, be well accepted in the communities where they live and also create an environment that accepts them as equal and well deserving citizens,
Trabajo de caridad
Práctica de idiomas
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
Visitors will create new networks and learn how to talk and interact with the Batwa people and other locals. In addition, visitors will learn how to live in a new environment...one of the remotest places in Uganda. Learn about the Batwa culture, research the Batwa history and their road to the present.
Visitors will also have a chance to participate in local agriculture, building and construction, coffee tourism, eco tourism, and many other volunteer opportunities, The Batwa will teach about local herbs, ancient Batwa culture and general life in the communities where the Batwa live including: local foods, local customs, traditional dress and village life,
Volunteers will have the amazing experience of learning all about the Batwa and their culture: dress, cooking, traditional dances and activities like making fire the traditional way.
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
VOCATIONAL AND LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
This program aims to help improve the lives of teenage mothers and the most vulnerable girls in our program by facilitating vocational training and life skills projects, including ones relating to hands-on skills, crafts, and empowerment of women. Volunteers are required to help develop important vocational and hands on skills for girls in the community to benefit from.
Such skills include: sewing and knitting, art and design skills, painting, catering, Information communication technology and computer training, basic bakery, soap making, hand sanitizers and other relevant skills.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION:
If you are a builder or you have basic building and construction skills, you are welcome to this program, we have a building program that builds basic housing units for the Batwa in rural Southwestern Uganda, you are welcome to support and participate in this building program, You can work as a professional builder, architect, engineer, planner, porter, or prepare meals for builders.
Other activities under this program include: designing house plans, project master plan, cementing and painting. We also need volunteers to make beds, chairs and tables for batwa to use in their houses.
MEDICAL OUTREACHES AND MEDICAL CAMPS:
For nurses, doctors or interns who would wish to make an impact in local communities in Africa, this is for you. We also need dentists and midwives.
We also extend first aid training in managing various accidents that happen deep in villages where there are no available health centres. These accidents include burns, drawing, falls, cuts, bites and knocks.
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: We are looking for volunteers to help at our profit-for-charity lodge and tour company. Volunteers should have one or two of the following skills;
web design, social media management, SEO, marketing skills, blogging and other important tourism related information and skills. Our goal is to bring in as much tourism business as possible to generate income to support our charity projects locally. You can also work as an online volunteer to connect with clients, 25% of proceeds from our tourism business go to charity programs.
INTERNET AND COMPUTER WORK:
Website design, social media management, graphics, filming, photography, video shooting and editing.
WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE: You will teach sanitation and hygiene among the Batwa remote communities. This includes but is not limited to making compost pits, bath parties, washing parties, sharing about personal hygiene and dental care.
TEACH LANGUAGES; Our project is located in the most touristic region of the country. Where tourists who come to trek mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, relax or swim in the many volcanic lakes, Languages like English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German would be a great help to our staff and batwa guides in the community.
PROPOSAL/GRANT WRITERS AND FUNDRAISERS
We are looking for people with proposal and grant writing experience. We are also looking for fundraisers to help us raise funds for different projects.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE, FENCING, COMPOUND WORK, LANDSCAPING, AND IN HOUSE DESIGNS:
help with general maintenance tasks, like painting, fencing, working on the compound, and creating in house designs, our goal is to turn our guest house into a better tourist lodge. you can also help with art.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
I would like to learn French, Germany and Spanish and will gladly exchange my English and two other local languages
We have a community guest house which is also a profit for charity lodge. It is located close to a small village town close to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a world heritage site and home to mountain gorillas, We have basic self contained rooms and cottages. We provide warm bathing water boiled by a locally improvised burner, There is a basic kitchen and cooking options are either charcoal or gas (additional cost) but some times we use firewood.
We have a nice dining place/lounge. We have electricity and we have a 3G network connection. You can use your computer or phone at your own expense (buying a local SIM card or paying for WIFI usage). We have tap water and the bathrooms have showers and flush toilets,
The facility gives you a real feel of village life but with basic accessories.
Food as an exchange: You will learn how we grow our food, harvest it and prepare different African dishes in our very local way, You will learn how to prepare Uganda's most famous dish (the delicious "rolex") and you can teach locals some of your dishes.
Available sights and other activities include: Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, gorilla habituation experience, A boat cruise on Lake Mutanda or Lake Mulehe, Batwa Forest Experience, hike in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a hike to the water falls inside the jungle, a hike on one or all the Virunga volcanoes, safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park or Lake Mburo National Park and a visit to local markets, cultural performances and community walks.
All of this can be arranged at an additional cost. Some are a of 2 - 3 hr drive away while some activities a short walk away from our project location.
Available transport is boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) and rental cars.
We are often asked what you can bring to help these vulnerable people, so here are a few suggestions: clothes and shoes for all ages, soap, blankets, school supplies, personal hygiene supplies, tooth paste and brushes, educational materials, toys, footballs.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We have space for digital nomads, with a good 3G internet connection in the area and accommodation facilities, the place has electricity. very close to the Home of gorillas and the virunga mountains for hikers, there are very many safari lodges around for those who want to catch up with more work and business.
We have a dedicated space for parking with security. We can accommodate up to three camper vans at a time.
Yes, you are free to come with your pet with pre-approval.
Más de dos
Maximum 3 hours a day, 4 days a week (meals not provided)