Ocheng Village, Feb 2012
Project Title 2nd International workcamp on Greening Wamala Cultural Heritage Site and  Construction of New UPA Office and Library –Phase III
Date 02- 22nd February 2012
Duration 3 Weeks         
Project Code UPA/014/11
Project Host UPA Central Branch.
Project Theme Enhancing and popularising of Conservation of Cultural heritage sites and Expanding space for volunteers at UPA Guest house  
Project Location OchengVillage,NansanaTowncouncil is 12kilometers North-West of Kampala the capital ofUganda, in Wakiso District in central region ofUganda.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers’ Association has her head office and guest house located in Ocheng village, Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District at 12 kilometres onHoima Road North– west ofKampala.

 

The current structure hosts UPA head office and a guest house for only 15 volunteers. For a while UPA has had to rent outside for hosting local volunteers and major UPA meetings. Also the organisation used to have only two staff members. Recently, the number of volunteers and staff has doubled and hence the need to expand the guest house and office. It is for this reason that UPA held work camps in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in efforts to increase space for the volunteers’ accommodation and office space. The new building is now at roofing stage. 2011 will also have a workcamp to continue with construction of the new office block with a library. On completion of the office block, there will be more space for the volunteers as the current office and library will be turned into volunteers’ sleeping rooms.

 

Wamala Tombs is the nearest cultural heritage site in Wakiso, UPA will also look at promoting the available heritage site by improving on its sanitation in a move towards “GREENING” these tombs. We will also print and circulate fliers promoting conservation of cultural heritage site and conduct Forum theatre Outreaches on cultural heritage.

Project Objectives
  • To improve sanitation in around Wamala Tombs
  • Create awareness on the need to conserve and promote cultural heritage.
  • To sensitize people and create awareness on garbage disposal and dangers of poor garbage disposal and ways of averting them.
  • To teach people how to separate garbage e.g. organic and inorganic material for better garbage management
  • To expand on space for international volunteers living in the guest house.
  • To provide convenient space for holding in-country orientations and other UPA meetings.
  • To provide space for accommodating local volunteers
  • To provide a conducive living environment for the volunteers
  • To improve on the working environment for UPA Staff.
  • To provide reading space for volunteers, UPA members and the community.
Activities
  • Slashing, digging, cleaning the heritage site
  • Brick laying
  • Mixing sand and cement
  • Collecting bricks, mortar and water
  • Roofing and fitting metal doors and windows.
Cultural and educational visits
  • There will be a group visit to Wamala tombs a cultural heritage site for burial of someBugandaKingdom.

 

Note:

There is also the possibility of visiting the Uganda Museum, Entebbe Wild life Centre and Botanical beach gardens all found in a radius of not more than 40 kilometres from the camp site but at the cost of interested volunteers.

 

A cultural night will be organised and participants will be expected to display items, songs and dances from there home countries and traditions. Please carry along anything that will introduce your culture and make this day enjoyable.

 

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • That sanitation around Wamala Tombs  will improve
  • Campers shall collect garbage around the tombs
  • Sensitise 20 families about garbage management
  • Distribute 5 trash/garbage cans at the Wamala tombs
  • Distribute 500 leaflets on garbage management and environment conservation to homes and shop attendants
  • One day public sensitisation on garbage management and environment conservation
  • The new office block with Library will be roofed and fitted with metal doors and windows
Beneficiaries
  • UPA staff members
  • International work camp participants
  • Medium and Long term volunteers
  • Local volunteers
  • Nansana community
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.
Who qualifies to participate
  • 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)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project 
  • No experience needed
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 UPA members, medium and long term volunteers in the country and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in a UPA hall at the office.
  • 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 Nansana has several medical clinics at distance of less than a kilo meter and the main hospitals are situated in a radius of 12Kilometres inKampala
Water Source Participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby spring well only about 600 metres away.
Climate /weather February 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 not forget 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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