Community Action for Development

Community Action for Development



Background Community Action for Development (CAD) is a community based organization registered by Wakiso District Council. CAD’s vision is ‘’accessing opportunities to the most vulnerable’’ and the mission is To contribute to the improvement of people’s quality of life and their socio-economic status. CAD is inspired and committed to work towards causing positive lasting change among vulnerable and other disadvantaged groups of people. CAD’s efforts to improve people’s lives are channeled through an integrated approach on Socio-economic empowerment programmes, Health (HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Reproductive Health), Entrepreneurship skills development, Sanitation and Environment.

CAD’s inspiration to bring about positive change is targeting  groups of persons that include , People living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) , Orphans and other Vulnerable children (OVC) between 0-17years, Youth especially those out of school including teenage mothers  and Poor Single parents. We also promote Be-faithfulness & HIV counseling and testing for HIV prevention among young married couples aged 15-49 years. All programmes target people in typical rural and rural growing centre in Wakiso District.  Presently we cover Gombe, Nangabo & Busukuma .


CAD’s office is located at Matugga Trading centre opposite Kobil Petro-station next door to KYAKUWA PHOTO STUDIO 12 miles from Kampala City along Kampala-Gulu road highway in the Central region of Uganda.


This area is characterized by high population growth rate of 4.1 % with 7% fertility rate higher than the national which is 6.7%.  Total population is 1,205,100, 53% are children totaling to 638,703, 48% are Orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) totaling 312,204 and only 7.5 % of OVC are reached with services.  The main cause of this crisis is HIV/AIDS whose prevalence 8.9% higher than the national 6.7%, child abuse & neglect, marriage/family breakdowns, early marriage/ teenage parenting, Domestic violence, Low income earning (poverty) or abject poverty in homes , unemployment , poor environment , sanitation and hygiene , poor nutrition .   There are a big number of peasants mainly depending on small earnings generated informally through hard labour, petty trade, wages and a few practice subsistence farming on small plots of land. The population of the young people aged between 18-25 years is about 28% many of them are unemployed, or under disguised employment, dropped out of school before completion, non skilled and therefore could not engage in any entrepreneurship undertaking, peer influence.

  • Provide support in form of Income Generating Project to People living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Promote Behavior Change Communication through enter-education, (sports, music, games & drama).
  • To train youth and young married couples in HIV prevention.
  • Train life skills.
  • Provisional of vocational skills to vulnerable children and the youth.


  • HIV Counseling and testing.
  • Support orphans and other vulnerable children and their households to be able to access essential needs such as education, shelter, clothes, food, medical care, assistive devices.
  • Advocacy.
  • Preventive and referral for health services.
  • Child counseling, child –parent communication.
  • Campaigns on sanitation and environment.
Volunteer Tasks
  • Social support to HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children and adults living with HIV.
  • Collect data concerning OVC status and their access to different services.
  • Join in home visits to positive living children or other vulnerable children and adults to assist in counseling, strengthening and assess the progress on projects.
  • Office work related to organization development and programming.
  • Visit PHA and OVC households, talk to caregivers and participate in identifying initiatives that can help such households.
  • Volunteers can also spend time while participating in health talk, talk shows, and dialogues, schools where orphans & vulnerable children receive education.
  • Participate in organizing recreational activities, retreats for children and youth.
  • Participate in youth community camps (YCC) for community projects.
  • Prepare and submit reports on activities they have been involved in.
  • Participate in campaigns on sanitation and environment.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of youth entrepreneurship skills development initiatives through community participation.
  • Participate in activities of other ongoing projects.
  • Participate in programme meetings.
  • Participate in Monitoring and Evaluation of projects.
Volunteer Qualities






  • Emotionally strong- Able to associate freely with People of different vulnerability including those living with HIV etc.
  • Self driven-can perform duties with minimal supervision.
  • Innovative/creative. .
  • Understanding- even when it requires extra time should be able to appreciate the environment or cause.








Working Hours


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Practical     X
Room for new initiatives     X
Emotional challenging   X  
Work load     X
Rating by MTVs     X

CAD office Opens at 8.00 and close at 5:30. Working with other marginalized youth may call for a volunteer ready to experience irritating situations. However, a volunteer shall be required to carry a very open heart that can accommodate these situations. Volunteers work five days a week.


Transport CAD is located in the region where public transport by omni-buses is available all day long.  In case of field work especially where it involves long distances motor-cycles are available for hire.
Accommodation CAD will appropriately arrange for the volunteer accommodation in liaison with UPA.

Note: CAD has also got the volunteer host families that are community based.

CAD maintains good relations with the volunteer host families whilst also serving the needs of the volunteers and providing appropriate support and care for them. As such the following rules are asked to be adhered to by volunteers and their host families.

  • There shall be no exchange of material value between volunteers and their host families. This includes lending or exchange of substantial resources such as money, cars, etc.
  • There shall be no mutual engagement of illicit drugs by volunteers or their host families during the volunteer’s stay with the host family. Furthermore, volunteers are asked to use the utmost consideration when consuming alcohol while in the country. This request is for the volunteer’s own safety as well as for the respect of the host family.
  • There shall be no sexual interaction between the volunteers and any member of the family which is hosting them.
UPA Comments Mobilizing communities, appreciate the need to adopt, needed change from some bad cultural practices will require a volunteer who is not judgmental but with a high listening, analyzing, and neutral handling of issues.

The placement can be an interesting one because it will introduce someone to the different cultural interpretations to the society. A volunteer should be also with a clear understanding of the cultural context of his/her home country in order to be able to offer examples for comparison and exposure to the community he/she will be placed in.

Communication Communication with CAD members and staff is easy as many of them can speak English, others can attempt with exception of some   orphans and vulnerable children, PHAs & Single Parents who may have difficult in the English language. However, guides will always be available to translate for the volunteer and community.
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