Luwero, Jan 2012
Project Title International KIDS Extra Curriculum Activities Holiday Workcamp  (Children’s Camp).
Date 05 – 25th January 2012
Duration 3 Weeks         
Project Code UPA/013/11
Project Host Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre – Luwero.
Project Theme “Building creativity and innovation in HIV/AIDS and disadvantaged orphans and other vulnerable children”
Project Location The work camp shall take place in Galuwero Zone L.C1 Village, Luwero Town Council, Luwero District. The Project site is located 2km on Ngoma rd, from Luwero, 60km North of Kampala onKampala-Gulu Road.Luwero District Is located in the central part ofUgandaboarded by Wakiso District in the south, Nakasongola in the north, Nakaseke in the North-west
Project Background Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre (BMTC) is a project of Basajjansolo Community Development Association (BACODA), a community-based organisation founded and registered in 2003 under Ref NO. CD – 312 – 03 of Luwero District Community Development Department. The project is committed to work for the plight of HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children through offering them basic education, life skills and career training. BMTC today offers education to 240 children aged 6 – 14 years most of them orphans, half orphans, vulnerable children and those living with families earning less than 1  US dollar a day.With the HIV/AIDS rate still staggering between 6.5 – 7% in the Country, the burden of handling its consequences particularly that of orphans remains a huge challenge; many more orphans continue to live at the mercy of their helpless grand parents who often do not provide all for a happy living for a growing child. Faced with this desperate and miserable situation many of these  orphans continue to loose hope thence increasing  their vulnerability to social evils including drug abuse, rape, prostitution, under age marriage, child labour, gambling to mention a few.December – February is normally the longest holiday for primary pupils, we therefore intend to use this holiday to introduce pupils especially those kids (orphans) that access their education at the mercy of sponsors into productive activities.

The three – week workcamp shall bring together 100 selected orphans from the school aged 7-14 years and 3 teachers in a series of craftsman, life skills and career guidance activities like making products from waste paper (beads), pottery, handcraft, painting, etc mainly for sale to generate income for their scholastic materials.

The above activities shall have intervals of psychosocial support activities like games and sports, music, dance and drawing pictures for interaction.

Project Objectives
  • To build hope in HIV/AIDS and other disadvantaged orphans    
  • To offer HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children opportunity to interact and share good practices as means to reduce Stigma and discrimination.
  • To engage pupils in self-sustaining activities
  • To introduce pupils to skills
Activities Craftsmanship activities

  • Making products from paper beads
  • Pottery
  • Handcraft
  • Painting

Psychosocial support activities

  • Sports and Games
  • Drawing of pictures
  • Singing and dancing with children
  • One-day Fundraising Exhibition and a competitive sports gala

Life skills training

  • Debates
  • Open discussions
  • Drama and Forum theatre
Cultural and educational visits
  • Visit Luwero Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre
  • Home visits to HIV/AIDS affected families
  • Visits to health centre

A cultural night will be organised for the different  nationalities at the work camp

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • 100 pupils of BMTC including orphans shall be counselled through interaction with the work camp participants
  • Reduced cases of Stigma and discrimination in HIV/AIDS orphans in Luwero Town Council
  • Craft products will be made
  • Paintings made
  • Products from paper beads
  • A fundraising will be done
Beneficiaries
  • Pupils in school
  • HIV/AIDS affected families
  • Teachers
  • work camp participants
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions ofUgandaand International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays will mainly have interactive activities with the pupils.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Affection and motivation to work with kids
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • With Positive attitude, willing to interact easily.
  • Ambition to help HIV/AIDS orphans and affected families
  • Willing to taste a variety of local foods and accommodation in a school classroom
  • No expertise/skills required

Note:

No special or particular expertise/skills required, however participants with skills in Psychosocial support and guidance, interactive games, handling children issues and Counselling stands an added advantage. Also having craftsman skills will carry an added advantage for application.

The Host Community The people found in centralUgandaare multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.Like most regions inUgandapeople in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly children, BACODA and UPA members and those from the community.
 Accommodation
  • Accommodation will be in a school classroom.
  • Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site have simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites have latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, meat, fish, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
Health Services Kasana Health Centre is only 4 KM, while Kiwoko main Hospital is only 12km away.Where the sickness insists, the project site is located only one and half hours’ drive to the main Hospitals inKampala, theCapitalCityofUganda.
Water Source The Project site has access to a bore hole located only is 250 – 300 meters away from the project. In case of emergency there is piped water if power is available in the vicinity and a 10,000 litre tank which harvests rain water.
Climate /weather January is usually hot and dry. It is humid and the temperatures are highest in this month. Sometimes above 30 degrees Celsius.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do notforget a happy and positive attitude and energy.NB:

  • Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.
  • Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.
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