Joy for Elderly Care

JOY FOR ELDERLY CARE – UGANDA [JFEC-U]

PROJECT CODE:   UPA/MLTV 027

  Tax ID or Charitable Registration Number: S. 5914/6740
 

Background

 

  • Joy For Elderly Care – Uganda is a charitable non governmental organisation that was founded in November 2006.
  • This organisation came into being after doing a series of case studies on how the elderly persons, their dependant children and other vulnerable children within their care live their day-to- day livelihoods in our communities.
  • We found out that as second generation parents, most elderly persons find it very difficult to provide for themselves,  their dependant grand children and any other vulnerable children within their care the basic necessities in life like food, education, shelter, clothing, water, medical care, entertainment etc. This child dependency has been majory caused by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

  • With this background JFEC took up the initiative to work and give a supporting hand to the elderly persons and their dependant children to enable them live meaningful and dignified lives within their communities. Joy For Elderly Care – Uganda   envisions an elderly person, who is self supportive with organs to run to in times of dire need.

 

  • The elderly persons engage in small but productive businesses within their homes, markets  etc, craft making, small gardening to cater for their financial needs and to look after their grand children and any other vulnerable children within their care.
  • Currently the organisation is located on Kira Road, Kamwokya , Kampala District

 

  • We do operate within Kampala District with hope to expand to other districts in future. The organisation activities are within the community and the schools where the dependant children of the elderly persons go, to monitor their progress.

 

 

Aim

 

 

  • Promote and improve the health, socio-economic, spiritual and cultural rights of older persons and the dependant children living within their care.
Activities  

  • Teachings in schools to enable the children learn to interact with people from all walks of life.
  • Visits to elderly peoples homes.
  • Watching health Video shows.
  • Educating of the grand children and other vulnerable children who have no access to education.
  • Organizing get-togethers as a means of killing boredom and avoiding isolation.
  • Hand craft making
  • Counseling
  • Provision of food items, beddings, and clothing to those in deer need.
  • Organizing workshops or seminars to teach on how to create small but productive gardening and animal keeping.
Volunteer task
  • Teaching children.
  • Home visits
  • Resource mobilization and advocacy for the project
  • Strengthen the voice of the poor
  • Working with elderly persons and teach them how to recycle the local raw materials around their homes to make a living.
  • Give a helping hand in planning, fundraising and proposal writing to develop the organization.
  • Assist with production of Newsletters.
  • Involving the children in dance and drummer activities as a way of entertainment and enriching their social life.
 

Volunteer qualities

  • Social and able to adjust
  • Emotionally strong because the volunteer will come across older persons living in absolute poverty, the sick which may be challenging.
  • Command of good communication skills.
  • Kind and considerate
  • Ability to work with elderly persons and children from poor background.
  • Ability to work and visit elderly persons living in slums.

 

 

Rating

  Low Medium High
Educational   X  
Practical     X
Room for new initiative     X
Emotional challenges     X
Work load     X
      X
     

Working hours are from 8.30 am to 5 pm. Volunteers work from Monday to Friday. Only on special occasions we may participate in activities on week ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working hours

 

Transport

 

Transport is by taxi and takes about an hour from UPA Guesthouse to the project and costs 4000Ush to and from.

 

Accommodation

 

JFEC will provide accommodation for the volunteer with a family in the community. The rooms have electricity, water supply and security.

Comments from UPA  

No prior experience of working with them. Volunteer to this will be pioneer

 

Communication

 

Communication with JFEC staff and members is easy because they can communicate in English. However, most of the elderly people in the community do not speak English but we have people who can translate whenever necessary.

Past Volunteers None

 

 

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