Long-term Volunteering

Introduction
The Medium and Long Term Volunteer Programme (MLTV programme) is an international volunteer exchange programme under Uganda Pioneers’ Association (UPA). UPA has hosted international volunteers since the organisation was started in 1989. UPA uses volunteer exchange and intercultural cooperation as tools for fulfilling its overall aim: To promote community based development, intercultural cooperation and youth participation through voluntary work.

The objectives of the MLTV programme are to:
• Contribute to the development of community based social services
• Promote and improve natural and acquired skills useful to the community
• Promote and exchange cultures in order to create friendship and mutual understanding
• Encourage the youth as dynamic age group to take leading roles in development

UPA partners with organisations, institutions, UPA branches and projects that aim to develop local communities reduce poverty and promote volunteerism.

The following is an outline of organisations, institutions and projects that host volunteers from UPA. The aim of the outline is to assist future volunteers to choose a particular project or placement that he/she wishes to work with and to direct UPA when identifying host places that matches the qualifications and wishes of the volunteer.

UPA will strive to fulfil the first priorities of the volunteer but we can not fully guarantee that a specific placement will be available when the volunteer arrives. It is common that a volunteer work with more than one host place simultaneously and that some choose to change the placement during the stay. It must be noted that it can be difficult to choose a particular project when one is more than 1000km away and that a placement might not turn out to be exactly as expected. This outline is updated annually.

How to participate

If you wish to participate in the UPA MLTV Programme, please contact the UPA secretariat on e-mail: uganda_pioneers22@hotmail.com or +256 (0) 782 110 662. (Sam), +256 (0) 782 335 322 (Sarah)

Participants are required to pay a fee of Euro 500 (five Hundred Euros) on arrival for 1- 3months and Euro 50 (fifty Euro) in advances for each additional month the volunteer will extend. The fee covers pick up from the airport or bus station upon arrival in Uganda, On arrival training (Orientation), guest house equipment and maintenance, Accommodation, water, cooking gas, Electricity for those in UPA Guest house, kitchen utensils, charcoal or paraffin stove for those in Upcountry projects and a monthly contribution for those living in host families, communication prior to the volunteer’s placement, preparation trainings and Evaluations with host projects and general UPA administration cost. Volunteers are advised to have a comprehensive study of our volunteers Guide book to acquaint themselves with the dynamics of volunteering with UPA and our projects before making decision.

Cancellation of participation

Cancellation of participation before the project resumes while in Uganda will attract a 50% refund. In case a volunteer cancels his/her participation during the project, no refund of any amount of the participation fee. This is because a lot of money goes to the communication, airport pick up, orientation, prior preparations before the project and other logistics. However if a volunteer cancels his/her participation before arriving in Uganda, he will be given back the entire fee if payments were made prior to their arrival in the country.

Change of Projects

From experience, a few volunteers have changed mind or expressed interest to change projects on arrival either due to change of interest or influence by the existing volunteers. This is therefore not encouraged and has a grave effect on the arrangements and agreements with our partner projects, distorts the whole programme and consequently affects your starting days. We request that applicants as much as possible respect and maintain their applied for projects. This abrupt change should not be taken as a weakness on the part of UPA and will require the volunteer to have some degree of patience.

End of Projects
All volunteers joining our LMTV projects shall be required to submit a written report of his/her experience to UPA and a copy to the host project. Volunteers are also welcome to share their experience with UPA during the face to face final evaluations.

About Uganda
Uganda is a beautiful country gifted by nature. Volunteers may take time off on weekends or after the project to visit National parks (lions, Elephants, Kobs Buffalos etc), go white water rafting, visit the mountain gorillas and enjoy the Ugandan sun. For further information visit http://www.visituganda.com.

Workload, Work schedules and Work plans
We would recommend a volunteer to come with a very open mind and be highly motivated, creative and innovative as not all projects will have the capacity to have a very clear list of activities, duties or tasks. Some projects run on very informal approach, without work plans or are ran on a slightly less organized way compared to northern countries. The volunteer should take time and efforts also to discuss with the project on any new ideas.

Occasionally, workload and activities may get low at certain times or eventually the volunteer may become too busy. There is no guarantee that the volunteer will be fully occupied during all the time of stay. Activities may often be cancelled or postponed because of funding. Many projects do not have a sound financial base or proper budget. It is often a try and error approach. So a volunteer must always leave room to understand if anything does not workout as earlier planned and this is the best time that a volunteer’s creativity, innovation and sometimes patience is most called for.

Tourism opportunities
UPA can now assist with subsidized costs to volunteers interested to reach tourist destinations in Uganda including Murchison falls National Park (250 US $), Queen Elizabeth National Park (300 US $), Semuliki National Park for male and female hot springs experience, nature walk, pigmy cultural dances as well as birds viewing (US $250)

Kazinga Channel, Salt Lakes, Forest walks, and game viewing. Mountains Elgon and Rwenzori for hiking and climbing (US $ 350), Lake Mburo National Park for Boat trips, guided walking safaris, horse riding (US $ 250). Ssese Islands for Sun/sand bathing, forest walks, birds viewing and relaxation (US $200).

The Mighty Nile River Nile for, horse riding, boat trips to the top of the river, bungee jumping. (US $ 150)

The City Tour including Kasubi Tombs, Bahai and Hindu Temples, Uganda Martyrs shrines, local markets, craft shops, Ndere centre, Uganda Museum, Monument sites, Uganda Parliament, factories and other explorations. US $ 100)
Reach out Mbuya
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 01
Background This is a faith based organization under our Lady of Africa church Mbuya, Kampala. It started in May 2001 with 14 clients but now cares for over 2223 clients and 999 are receiving free ARVs. it has a catchment’s area population of 60,000
Aim To provide medical care, social, spiritual and emotional support to poor people in Mbuya parish living with HIV/AIDS
Activities • The medical department provides medical care; prophylaxis, ART, treatment of TB and other opportunistic infections.
• Through the World Food Programme, Mbuya provides nutritional support to the clients who need it.
• Follow ups are also done for the clients in their homes
• Counseling of clients during their treatment.
• Mbuya also supports children of its clients by providing them school fees.
Volunteer task • Nutritional support
• Counseling
• Prevention work in communities, schools and workplaces
• Volunteers may also be involved in treatment of patients if they have a medical background.
Volunteer qualities • Mbuya requires that a volunteer has medical background. This could be as a nurse, Doctor, or any other related field.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers X
Working hours The volunteers are required to be at the office at 08.00 and work will finish at 17.00. However during reach outs to clients volunteers may work longer hours.
Transport The mission is in Kampala. It will take the volunteer an hour or one- half hours (in rush hours) by public means to get there, and will approximately cost 4,000 Uganda shillings to and from.
Accommodation UPA guesthouse in Nansana.
Comments from UPA Mbuya is a place that will give a person with medical background good experience and exposure to different conditions in Africa regarding the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is a much organised project, strict on time and challenging for volunteers staying at UPA Guest house because of its location. Therefore, a volunteer choosing this project should be ready to wake up as early as 6.00 am and make it through the bothering Kampala traffic jam to and from the project.
Communication The clients hardly speak English; however a translator will be at hand to help volunteers without the command of the local language.
Past Volunteers From Denmark, Netherlands, Japan, Korea

Home Care Nsambya
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 02
Background As a religious based institution founded and managed by Franciscan sisters, Nsambya Home Care responded to the AIDS scourge in 1987. There was overcrowding in the hospital wards hence the opening of a separate department for AIDS patients. Rooms were eventually put up for counseling to ensure confidentiality. The very weak clients who were not getting better were Home visited in their Homes by a doctor, nurse and a counselor. In 1987 a total no of 327 clients were registered. The numbers increased as years went on different interventions were put in place to respond to challenges that copped up. These including creating out outreach clinics, Behavioral Change programs, Pediatric Counselling, Income Generating Activities, Youth forum for the youth, Pastoral care services, Education for life programs, AIDS sensitization programs and involvement of client volunteers in the program. To date Home Care has more than 10,000 active clients involving children
Aim The project aims at bringing medical, nursing, Psycho-social counseling and Pastoral Care to many poor people living with AIDS. To relieve their anxiety and suffering thus prolong and give meaning to their lives.
Activities  Outreach clinics,
 Behavior Change programs,
 Pediatric Counselling,
 Income Generating Activities,
 Youth forum for the youth,
 Pastoral care services,
 Education for life programs,
 AIDS sensitization programs and involvement of client volunteers in the program.
Volunteer task • Home visits to people living with HIV/AIDS
• Counseling
• Treatment of patients
• Campaigns against HIV/AIDS
• Sessions for children living with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteer qualities • Willing to work long hours and on Weekends.
• Willing to play and interact with children including those living with HIV/AIDS
• Emotional strong. The volunteer will experience people in all stages of HIV/AIDS which can be emotional challenging
• Volunteers with medical background or profession are a priority.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours The working hours are from 08:00 to 17:00. the volunteer will take the weekend off to travel around
Transport One can take a mini bus from Nansana to Kampala and Kampala to Nsambya. It takes 1 hour to get to Home care Nsambya, and will cost about 4000 Uganda shilling to and from.
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse in Nansana
Comments from UPA Placement that will help volunteers learn and understand the effects of HIV/AIDS. The placement also requires a volunteer ready to tolerate the burden of congested traffic jam through Kampala in mainly the rush hours.
Communication Most people can speak basic English.
Past Volunteers Japan and Israel

ST. LUKE HEALTH CENTER BOMBO
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 03
Background St. Luke health centre is a level III Private not for profit. The main emphasis is put on preferential option for the poor. The center was established in 1986, and mostly involved in the health services
Aim To enable the poor access medical services and prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and to mitigate personal, community impact of AIDS, through provision of quality medical care and counseling services to the infected and affected.
Activities • Voluntary counseling and testing of HIV/AIDS
• Health education and promotion
• Outreach Services
• Dental services
• Minor surgical operations
• Immunization services
• Maternity services
• Counseling services
• Out patient / in patient services
• Laboratory services
• Minor surgical operations
• Dental services
Volunteer task • Counseling of patients
• Health education and Promotion
• Assist other staff in treatment of tropical diseases for those with a medical background.
• Work with other staff members in the treatment of diseases caused by HIV for those with a medical background.
• The volunteer may also get involved in campaigns that are aimed at sensitizing people about HIV/AIDS
• Outreach services
• Out patient / inpatient services
Volunteer qualities • A volunteer with medical background is a must in this case
• The volunteer should be innovative and ready to work with less supervision
• The volunteer should be emotionally strong, since there will be working with patients living and affected by HIV/AIDS

Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers X
Working hours The working hours are from 08.00 to 17.00. the volunteer will be able to take the weekends off to travel to Kampala or tour other parts of the city
Transport The centre is located in Bombo town about 33 kilometers from Kampala, along the Kampala Gulu high way. Transport to the center will take 30 – 45 minutes drive from Kampala, with an estimated cost of about 3,000 Uganda shilling (one-way).
Accommodation Accommodation is arranged at the centre for Volunteers.
Comments from UPA St. Luke health centre Bombo requires a person that is able to take initiative and not wait for some one to tell them what to do. Preference will be on volunteers with a Medical background. It is a wonderful project to try.
Communication Many of the people working at the center can speak English. However the clients that come to be treated may not be able to speak English and a translator will be required for the communication

Past Volunteers From Denmark, South Korea, USA and Japan

Schools

UPA works with several schools whose activities and volunteer tasks do not change very much.
Note:
All volunteers choosing school project should always remember to consider the school holidays when the schools are closed in April, August – September and December to Early February.

Prince Tembo Infant and Primary School

PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 04

Background Prince Tembo Infant and Primary School Kiweebwa is a private School founded in 2000. It started after a felt need of having a School close to Kiweebwa to ease the long distance traveled by the infant in this area. To day, the School has classes from Nursery to Primary Six.
Aim • To provide quality Education to orphaned and vulnerable children
Activities • Co-curricular activities
• Leadership skills and training
• Teach English and Mathematics
• Administrative work
Volunteer tasks • Teach mainly the subjects of Mathematics and English
• Partially will assist in administrative work
• Co-curricular activities
• Leadership Skills and Training
Volunteer qualities • Flexibility in working with children mostly those aged between 3-12 years
• Open heart and mind to accommodate the situation on ground
• A person welcoming dialogue as a of means correction
• Being patient
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional Challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers

Working hours The Volunteer is expected to work from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday
Note: Holidays
December to February
April to May
August to September
Transport The School is located 24 Kilometers Bombo road
Accommodation Rented rooms with power but without running water, however bore hall is available
Comments from UPA Prince Tembo school is in the city suburb, the population there will reflect a more of semi urban setting with characters of rural anduburn communities. For somebody who has interest in interacting with real stages of growth this is one opportunity.
Communication The School official mode of Communication is English and Pupils understand it. However, communication with other members of the community may not be as easy but possibilities for translation is abundant
Past Volunteers None

BASAJJANSOLO MEMORIAL TRAINING CENTRE (BMTC)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 05
Background Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre (BMTC) is a project of Basajjansolo Community Development Association (BACODA). BACODA is a Community Based Development Organisation funded and registered in 2003 under Ref. No. CD- 312-03 of Luwero District Community Development Department.
Aim To empower young people especially HIV/AIDS and other disadvantaged orphans in Luwero District to create own jobs for self-reliance
Objectives  To provide basic primary education to HIV/AIDS and other disadvantaged orphans/young people..
• To train HIV/AIDS and other disadvantages orphans in career skills capable of making them create and sustain own jobs.
• To sensitize young people on their rights to enable them make informed decisions in life.
Volunteer tasks • Teach children of the ages 4-12 years in the subjects of Math and English.
• Play games and sports with children.
• Music, dance and drama.
 Conduct home visit to homes of sponsored pupils.
 Organize debates and quiz for pupils.
• Help in school projects management and supervision ie Cow, Piggery, Craft, school garden.
• Assist teachers in preparing learning (visual) aides, home work cards for pupils
• Volunteer may also assist in School Administration and management on request.
• Be part of the editing team for the school News letter
• Co-ordinate with sponsors by preparing and submitting update reports on sponsored pupils to their respective sponsors.
• Conduct Home visit to homes of sponsored pupils
Volunteer qualities • BACODA requires that a volunteer has an open mind and be creative. A self-driven and motivated volunteer, willing to work under minimum supervision. Having administration or management skills would be of an added advantage but not mandatory.
• A volunteer will be welcome to introduce any craft man ship skills.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers X
Working hours The volunteers are required to be at work from 08.00 and will finish at 17.00. However volunteers may work long hours on some special days
Transport BMTC is located in Luweero 64kms from Kampala. The volunteers will get there by public means with an estimated cost of about 6,000 Uganda shilling.
Accommodation UPA will organize accommodation with either a family or the volunteer will be given a room rented by UPA in Luwero.
Comments from UPA The placement requires volunteers that are highly motivated, creative and innovative. It is an interesting project and introduces you to a really local setting and early growing stages of children in Uganda.
Communication Most locals will speak basic English.
Past Volunteers From Finland, Netherland, Austria, Germany and USA.

Lubya Community Infant and Primary School Mengo
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 06

Background The School is Christian founded and Non-denominational, it started in 2005, currently it has 11 teachers and 332 pupils from the age of 3-13 years. The School is Non-Governmental institution without financiers catering majorly for the orphans and disadvantaged children.
Aim • To provide quality level of education to both the orphans and the disadvantaged Children
Activities • Teach children of the age of 3-13 years in the subjects of English, Mathematics, and Nutritional Science.
• Play games with children for example football, netball, volleyball and drama
• Share with children about Geography, History, Sociology, Educational system and the development strategies of your country.

Volunteer tasks • To teach mainly Mathematics, English and Nutritional Science
• Play games/ drama with the children
• Share with children about Geography, History, Sociology, Educational system and the development strategies of your country.

Volunteer qualities • Experience in teaching desirable but not necessary
• Have Love for Children
• Adaptable to the local teaching culture in Uganda
• Not expected to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and wines at school
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional Challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers

Working hours The Volunteer is expected to work from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
Note: Holidays
December to February
April to May
August to September
Transport The School is about 4.5 Kilometers from UPA Guest house and easily accessible by Taxi Commuter
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse
Comments from UPA Lubya Community Infant school is a new project for UPA. We are also looking forward for what it will offer for the volunteers. One with a big heart and will to face new challenges/situations and a strong commitment to lay a foundation for others shall be most welcome and encouraged to apply.
Communication The School official mode of Communication is English and Pupils understand it
Past Volunteers From Holland

Step by Step Primary school
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 07

Background The school was established in February 2007. Since then it recruited 13 teachers and there are about 200 pupils from the age of 4-13. The school is non-governmental institution and has no financier
Aim Improve literacy and give the volunteer a feel of the education system in Uganda
Activities • Teach children of the age 4-12 years
• Play games with children for example sports.
Volunteer task • Mainly to teach Math and English
• Play games and sports with children.
• Music, dance and drama
Volunteer qualities • Experience in teaching desirable but not necessary
• Affinity to children
• Adaptable to local teaching culture in Uganda
Holiday December-February , April-May and August-September
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers
Working hours The volunteer will work from 08.00 to 16.00. Monday to Friday
Transport It is a Walking distance and takes 10 minutes to get there from UPA guest house
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse in Nansana
Comments from UPA A volunteer will teach and also be able to engage in other volunteer projects since teaching will be for only 3 hours, or specific days agreed at the project.
Communication Most of the children at the age of 7-12 will be able to speak English. The teachers at the school speak English
Past Volunteers From Japan, Netherland, Korea, Spain and Denmark

City View Nursery and Primary School
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 08
Background City View Nursery and Primary School is located in Kasubi, Kampala. The school targets the poorest students in the neighborhoods.

There are 40 children in the Nursery school and 50 students from Primary 1 – Primary 6.

The school really needs volunteer teachers as there are currently only 4 teachers for 7 classes.

Activities Work with the rest of the staff to provide quality education to the children
• Teaching children (English, Mathematics)
• Play games and sports with children
• Teach music, dance and drama
• Other things you are good at and would like to do at the school or with the children
Volunteer qualities • Independent and flexible.
• Having skills in caring for children.
• Command of good communication skills
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs x
Working hours Mon-Fri 08.00 to 16:00hrs
Location, amenities and Transport The school is located in Kasubi, 45 minutes by taxi (1700Ush) from the Guesthouse (and 20 minutes from Kampala City). The school has no electricity and no running water.
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse
Comments from UPA This is a rather new school for us. Therefore it’s good not to have too high expectations.

Communication Communication with School staff is easy as most are educated.
Past Volunteers From Japan, Netherland

Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped (School for Children with special needs)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 09
Background Kampala School for the physically handicapped (KSFPH) is a primary school catering for the educational needs of the disabled children in Uganda. Started in 1968 by a few parents of cerebral palsied children, the school aims at educating, rehabilitating and equipping physically handicapped children for self- reliance and development. It follows the national syllabus including co-curricular activities like sports, music, dance and drama, spiritual fellowship and education tours.

It also offers vocational subjects like tailoring, screen printing, craft, tie and dye and computer training to all the children that can not continue with further education.

The school has an enrollment of 100 pupils with physical disabilities between the ages of 6 – 18. They include those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida and polio amongst others.

Therefore the school specifically provides for children with special needs.

The project is located on plot 63A, Balintuma Road, Mengo (opposite the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau) just 15 -25 minutes drive from Kampala city and 30 – 45 minutes from UPA guest house in Nansana.

It has a teaching staff of 13 five of whom are trained in special needs education with 2 of them disabled old students of the same school.

Aim
To educate, rehabilitate and equip physically handicapped children for self- reliance and development.

Activities • Teaching children
• Care and assisting children in and outside classrooms
• Training children in vocational subjects, games and sports and music, dance and drama.
• Assist in social and physical development of the children through offering occupational and physiotherapy exercises
Volunteer task • Work with the rest of the staff to provide the above to the children in this school
Volunteer qualities • Emotionally strong. The volunteer work on this project requires a person who has close feeling for children with special needs.
• Having skills in caring for children with special needs or occupational and physiotherapy skills carries an added advantage.
• Command of good communication skills
• Ability to work with children with disabilities or special needs.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours Kampala School for the physically handicapped office hours are from 8.00 to 16.30. Working with physically disabled and special needs children call for a volunteer ready to be patient, not emotional and prepared to experience irritating situations. However, a volunteer shall be required to carry a very open heart that can accommodate these situations.

Volunteers work 5 days a week.
Transport The project is located on plot 63A, Balintuma Road, Mengo (opposite the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau) just 15 -25 minutes drive from Kampala city and 30 – 45 minutes from UPA guest house in Nansana. Travel from Nansana is easy in public vehicles, drop off at Nakulabye trading centre and continue for a 10– 15 minutes walking distance from Nakulabye via Balintuma road if you come from Nansana.
Accommodation Volunteers to this project shall stay at UPA guest house in Nansana.

Comments from UPA The placement can be an interesting one because it will offer a volunteer the opportunity to assist and support people who are really in need and will highly appreciate. A volunteer should also carry an affectionate heart full of love, care and sympathy for children with special needs, command zeal committed to seeing these children live a happy life too.

Communication Communication with School staff and of the children is easy as most are educated.
Past Volunteers From USA, Israel, Holland and Germany

NoveBluesky Education Center (School for children with special needs)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 010
Background NoveBluesky was established with the main goal of enabling children with special needs achieve real success Life. This is being through the five programs that have been established by the organization in view of the stated objectives. These programs are;
 The education program
 The talents program
 Foster family program
 Job training and placement program
 Community based program
Aim Offer children with special needs academic and vocation education
Activities • Normal education
• Vocational training in;
• Tie and dye, Screen printing and Fine Art
• Wood work, Making paper bags, beads , bugles and paper files
• Electronics
• Building
Volunteer task • Teach children of the ages 4-12 years in the subjects of Math and English.
• Play games with children for example sports
• Teach children vocation trainings in different aspect of life
Volunteer qualities • Independent
• Creative
• Good knowledge of social work and administration.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers
Working hours The volunteer will work from 08.00 to 16.00. Monday to Friday.
Transport It takes 10 minutes to get there from UPA guest house, no cost because the distance is near to the Guesthouse premises
Accommodation Accommodation will be at the UPA guest house in Nansana or maybe hosted directly at the project.
Comments from UPA NoveBluesky Education Center ( School for children with special needs)
Is a new placement that is suitable for volunteers that are creative and can work for long hours
Communication Most of the local population can speak English. A translator will be at hand for help in case the person can not speak English
Past volunteers From Germany, Netherlands, Korea, Spain and Israel
WISDOM ORPHANED NURSERY& PRIMARY SCHOOL WAMALA
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 011

Background: Wisdom Orphaned Nursery and Primary School is a private school licensed by the Ministry of Education and Sports. This school is found in Wakiso District in the central region of the Republic of Uganda. It was founded in 2006 to help the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children in the region after a wide series of consultations. The project was started to mainly access HIV/AIDS orphans with education.
Aim: Providing education, food, shelter, clothing and medical care to Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children, to nature their mental, physical, emotional growth and well being.
Activities: • Education mostly pre-primary and primary
• Co-curricular activities
• Leadership skills training/administration
Volunteer task: • The work of the volunteer will be mainly administrative.
• He/She will be required to liaise with the head teacher and other staff members to ensure smooth running of the schools programs
• Other tasks shall include supervising activities implementation and any other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the executive Board.
Volunteer qualities: • Emotionally strong. The volunteer work requires a person with patience and enthusiasm to innovate and create new ideas.
• Attachment to help the needy children carries an added advantage
• Command of good communication skills
• Flexibility in working with young ones mostly those aged between 4 years and 12 years.
• Ability to accept constructive criticism, welcome dialogue and accommodate challenges in an infant growing organization.
Rating:

Educational
Room
Work load
Rating by
MTVs Low Medium High

X

X

X

X

X
Working hours: Wisdom orphaned N& P/S official working hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00pm. Working with children calls for a volunteer ready to be patient, not emotional and prepared to accommodate a diversity of ideologies, ways of doing things and interpretation of variable situations. Therefore, a volunteer shall be required to carry a very open heart that can accommodate these situations. Volunteers work 5 days a week.
Transport: Wisdom is located in Wamala village. This is just 3 kilometers off Hoima Road from Nansana. The volunteers will be required to stay in Nansana where there are better services and travel to Wamala every morning. The only means of transport to Wamala shall be on a motor cycle (boda boda) a 7-10 minute drive from Nansana. It will cost 3,000/= a day. (To and from the project).
Accommodation: Volunteers to this school shall stay at UPA guest house in Nansana.
Communication: Communication with the school staff is easy because most of them use English. However communication with other members of the community may not be as easy but possibilities for translation are abundant.
Past Volunteers Belgium

Green Valley Nursery and Primary School
Project Code: UPA/MLTV/012

Background
Green Valley Nursery & Primary school was established in May 1992 as a Nursery school. Today it has grown to a fully fledged primary school. The school was licensed on 22nd Jan 1997 and there after got official registration 08th Nov 2001 with Registration No. PPS/G/39 and a UNEB center No.008293. With an enrollment of 205 learners aged 4 – 13, Green Valley Nursery & Primary school is a non-government institution running without Government support.

Aim
To improve literacy through providing quality education to children
Activities ▪ Play games with the children
▪ Helping pupils practice spoken English
▪ Share good practices on how schools run in own countries
 Assist teachers to develop learning AIDS for pupils
Volunteer task • Teach pupils English, Mathematics, science and any other desired subject
• Play, sing and dance with children.
• Conduct talks, open discussions to introduce and expose pupils to cultural diversity and ways of living.
Volunteer qualities Applying volunteers should have:-
▪ A desire to share/teach the children
▪ Affinity to children.
• Appreciative of and open to experience cultural diversity and a different way of life and education system.
Holiday Volunteers should also be aware of the school vacations that normally take place between the following dates:-
• 1st term break on 20th April to 11th May.
• 2nd term break on 03rd July to 31st Aug.
• 3rd term break on 26th Nov to Jan 2013
Rating Low Medium High
Education X
Practical X
Room for new initiative X
Emotional Challenges X
Workload X

Working hours The volunteer will work from 08:00 am to 16:00 pm Monday to Friday
Transport The school is in a walking distance from home.
Accommodation The volunteer shall be offered a host family in the home of the school proprietor.
Comments from UPA This school is a new project partner, but has an open and welcoming proprietor whose character is quite promising in handling/ working with volunteers. It has a potential to fulfill the interests of her clients. We recommend a pilot volunteer, who will give way many others in future.
Communication Most of the children of the age 4-13 will be able to speak and understand English. All teachers at Green Valley Nursery & Primary School fluently speak English.
Past Volunteers None

Muyonjo Senior School
UPA/MLTV 013
Background Muyonjo Senior School – Naluvule is a well organized secondary school, started in 2007 by a group of devoted, experienced professional teachers.

The school aims at availing all inclusive and appropriate education to generate a productive and self reliant population.

The school also offers standard curriculum of all subjects, which are examinable by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UEB).

Currently, the school conducts a vocational subject in information technology. (computer)- Ongoing. In future the school plans on starting other vocational subjects including carpentry and tailoring.

The school has an enrollment of 200 students between 13 -18 years of age. It is also an Ordinary and Advanced level School.

Muyonjo Senior is situated in a conducive study environment on Hoima Road at Naluvule in Wakiso District 8 kms from Kampala and 3kms form UPA Guest House. It has a teaching staff of 14 well trained, competent, devoted, experienced and motivated personnel. They are not affiliated to any particular religion thus all religions are respected.

Aim • To avail students with skills and bring up God fearing people of any religious denomination
• Maximum utilization of the student’s time at school avoiding idleness and disorder ness.
Activities • Formal classroom teaching to students
• Care and assisting students in and outside classrooms
• Training children in computer, games and sports and music, dance and drama.
Volunteer task • Work with the rest of the staff to provide the above to the students in this school
Volunteer qualities • Emotionally strong. The volunteer work on this school requires a person who has close feeling for students.
• Having skills in computer or information technology is an added advantage.
• Teach students in languages (French and Germany).
• Command of good communication in English
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours Munyonjo Senior School office hours are from 08.00hrs to 6.00pm. Working with secondary school students to whom English is a second language and computer knowledge an alien introduction calls for a volunteer ready to be patient and innovative.
Transport The project is located 8 kms on Hoima road. It is 30 minutes walk from UPA Guest House which is the nearest and immediate accommodation facility.
Accommodation Volunteers to this project shall stay at UPA guest house in Nansana or any other special arrangement as may be organized by the School administration.
Comments from UPA The placement can be an opportunity to introduce a volunteer to Uganda’s education systems. It will also be an opportunity to promote ones culture through language teaching. One with skills in training students in sports e.g. foot and hand ball and other sports is one easy way to win lasting friendship.

Everything today is put together on computer therefore training students in Computer greatly helps them link with the outside world and empowers them to contribute to building a justified global village and assist Ugandans explore more potentials of using the Computer to enjoy a sustainable life.

Communication Communication with School staff and of the students is preferably in English
Past Volunteers Japan, Spain

ROCKBASE PRIMARY SCHOOL – Namungoona (Kampala)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 014
Background The school was established in 1998 from Nursery to Primary three. Over the years, the school has grown to a fully fledged primary school. Registered with the Ministry of education.
Aim • To enable children of low income earners and other disadvantaged children to access quality education.
• To help other residents in the area to avoid traveling to distant school. Thus minimizing expenditure and risks on the way
• To produce good citizens by putting emphasis on moral up bringing
• To produce citizens with practical skills by encouraging vocational training as well as games and sports

Activities • Teaching children of the age 4-12 subjects of Mathematics and English
• Sports
Volunteer Tasks • To encourage children practice their spoken English
• To share games and sports skills with children in different aspects of life.
• To give children vocational training in different aspects of life.
Volunteer Qualities • Ability to adapt to local ways of living and interact freely with the population
• Innovative and knowledge of social work and administration

Rating Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
Transport It’s about 4km from UPA Guesthouse to the place. And takes about 30-45 minutes drive from the guesthouse by public means, will cost about 1,000 Uganda Shilling to and from
Accommodation At UPA guesthouse
Comments from UPA A volunteer can teach and also be able to engage in other volunteer projects since the teaching will be for only 3 hours on specific days agreed at the start of the project.
Note:
All volunteers choosing school project should always remember to consider the school holidays when the schools are closed in April, August – September and December to Early February.
Communication Most of the local population speak English, however a translator will be engaged where necessary
Past Volunteers From USA, Italy
MAKERERE WEST VALLEY NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 015
Background The school was established in 1995 as an infant school until 2001 when we had our first candidates in Primary seven. The school is registered with the Ministry of education.
Aim • To enable children of low income earners and other disadvantaged children to access quality education.
• To help other residents in the area to void traveling to distant school. Thus minimizing expenditure and risks on the way
• To produce good citizens by putting emphasis on moral up bringing
• To produce citizens with practical skills by encouraging vocational training as well as games and sports

Activities • Teaching children of the age 4-12 subjects of Mathematics and English
• Sports
• Music, Dance and Drama
• Gardening
Volunteer Tasks • To facilitate children with knowledge of English language and mathematics
• To share the games and sports skills with children in different aspects of life.
• To give children vocational training in different aspects of life.
Volunteer Qualities • Ability to adapt to local ways of living and interact freely with the population
• Innovative and knowledge of social work and administration
Rating
Educational X
Practical X
Room for New nitiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Workload X
Rating by MTVS X

Working hours 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
Transport It’s about 6 kms from the UPA Guesthouse It takes about 30 – 45 minutes drive by public means. It costs about 2,000/= Uganda shillings to and from
Accommodation At UPA guesthouse or a host family
Comments from UPA A Volunteer can teach and also be able to engage in other projects since the teaching will be for only 3 hours on specific days agreed at the start of the project. The school is close to slum areas and it really have pupils from very poor families. School buildings are also poor. The need for help hear is enormous.

Note:
All volunteers choosing school project should always remember to consider the school holidays. Schools are closed in April – May, August to September and December to early February
Communication Most of the children can understand English and in case of the nursery section, the local teachers are always there to help.
Past Volunteers Japan and German

St. Stephen Nursery and Primary school
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 016

Background Information

St Stephen children’s centre is a community based organization founded in 2005. It was established with initiative of the community members to cater for the needs of orphaned and needy children through care, compassion and assistance in rural areas.

The organization started a children’s school in 2006 to provide nursery and primary education to orphaned and needy children from families affected by HIV/AIDS.

St. Stephen children’s centre provides education opportunities to the orphaned and needy children regardless of sex religion and tribal affiliation.

Since inception, the organization has supported over 350 pupils from poor families through education at st. Stephen primary school and capacity building for those youth who were not able to attend high school education by facilitating their training in areas like building and concrete practice, carpentry and joinery, tailoring and farming to enable them become self reliant.

Stephen children’s centre is located at Luyiiyi-kaate in Makondo parish, Ndagwe sub county in Masaka district. The distance from Kampala capital city is about 110 miles.

The organization also runs a school at its centre with nursery and primary education in addition to other projects like send a hen and goat projects.

Aim
Working together to promote well being of children affected by HIV/AIDS in rural poor families through care, compassion and assistance.

Activities  Teaching pupils at St.Stephen nursery and primary school and teaching at sister school [ Mayira primary school-our sister school- found in Lwengo sub-county also in Masaka district]
 Training youth in entrepreneurship skills.
 Hand crafts.
 Music dance and drama.
 Discussions on other crosscutting issues like HIV/AIDS, gender and primary health care

Volunteer task  Volunteers will get involved in teaching at St.Stephen primary school with assistance of local teachers.
 Involve in outreach program like visiting beneficiary families in rural communities
 Distribution of scholastic and clothes materials to orphaned pupils.
 Help in making toys and crafts used by pupils.
 Sports, music and dance.
 Help in monitoring and evaluation of St.Stephen projects.
 Assist in project feasibility study and proposal development.
 Correspondence with international friends
Volunteer qualities
 Social and ability to adjust to local/rural situations
 Ability to work with children.
 Ability to communicate in English.
 Generally with good interpersonal relationship
Rating

Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working hours Working hours begin from 8:20 to 4:30 though with outreach activities hours may extend by one hour.
Working days Monday to Friday.
The volunteer may wish to move during working days , she/he will be free provided the administration is informed

Transport Since accommodation is in same village. No transport is required from and to project/. Walking distance.
Accommodation Accommodation is available at the host/ Director’s home/ family or from a community or in rooms owned by St.Stephen in Luyiiyi trading centre. Basic facilities are available like a bed, blanket, bed sheet, table, chair and other facilities.

Comments from UPA For one interested in down to earth or rural settings, St Stephen will answer your need. It is an opportunity to see real Ugandan countryside.

Communication We communicate in English with the administration /staff however with local communities a lot of local language is dominant, so translation shall be done by our staff.
Past Volunteers Korea

BRANCHES OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL ORPHANAGE PROJECT PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 017
Background Branches of life was founded in 2007 by Charles Kalunda, a former street kid himself

Branches of life international is home for 50 orphans, aged 4-14 years.
They are former street kids, abandoned, orphans and vulnerable children.
Most of these children had dropped out from school, but now are given the opportunity to rejoin school.
Aim The aim is to provide basic care to the children’s need, to encourage and support them in basic Education and learning skills. Through counseling we make them accept to go to school, give them new hope and confidence to life.
Activities • Teaching basic English and Mathematics
• Giving care and showing love to the children
• Playing with the children.
• Helping in their home work
• House work, preparing food, fetching water, doing dishes etc
• Counseling and guidance
Volunteer qualities • Ready to work with former street children
• Should be innovative with arranging lessons and games for the children.
• Should not smoke from the orphanage
• Be ready for a very fragile community (changing characters)
Rating Low Medium High
Educational x
Practical x
Room for new initiative x
Emotional challenging x
Work load x
Rating by MTVs
Working hours
The orphanage is flexible and therefore allowing the volunteers to be there at the different times (09:00-16:00 hrs).
Transport The home is in Kampala. It takes about 40minutes to get there by public transport and will cost about 1000 Uganda shillings to and from.
Accommodation A volunteer can stay at the UPA guesthouse in Nansana or the orphage may organize accommodation on request.
Comments from UPA It is an interesting project, one where you can see innovations for pupils through trying several vocational activities. It is worth giving a hand although it sometimes maybe challenging to be there as a volunteer at a time when the project funding is down. It may not be easy for you to look at hungry kids…
Communication The children have been living in the streets and therefore most of them don’t speak English, but they are improving.
Past Volunteers Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Israel, and Japan.
UPA Exchange Programmes – UPA Secretariat
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 018
Background The Midterm Volunteer Programme (MLTV programme) is an international volunteer exchange programme under Uganda Pioneers’ Association (UPA). UPA has hosted international volunteers since the organisation was started in 1989. The MLTV programme was introduced in 2002 as a result of a need for extending the volunteer placements. UPA uses volunteer exchange as a tool for fulfilling its overall aim:
• To promote community based development, intercultural cooperation and youth participation through voluntary work.

The objectives of the MLTV programme are to:
• Contribute to the development of community based social services
• Promote and improve natural and acquired skills useful to the community
• Promote and exchange cultures in order to create friendship and mutual understanding
• Encourage the youth as dynamic age group to take leading roles in development
• To provide extra free labour where institutions can not pay.

The MTV programme offers opportunities for volunteers (MLTVs) to live and work in Uganda for a period of 1 to 12 months. The programme target qualified and committed young people with little or with some practical and professional skills.

UPA is looking for an experienced volunteer to facilitate and develop the MTV programme in close cooperation with UPA Staff
Aim To continuously improve, appraise and develop the MLTV programme

Activities The activities in the MLTV programme can be summarised as:
Communication with sending organisations, match placements with MLTVs, introduction of MLTVs to UPA, Uganda and host places, communication with MLTVs, conduct weekly Guesthouse meetings, monitoring of wellbeing of MLTVs, monitor placement and work, evaluation of MLTV placement. Locate new MLTV placements and improve the programme framework, updating UPA website, improving on UPA’s database, assisting UPA staff, visiting branches etc
Volunteer task • To participate in the daily running of the programme
• Participate in the preparation/orientation of incoming volunteers.
• To participate in making first contacts, appraising new and potential MLTV projects.
• Participate in drawing up and/ or revising profiles for MLTV projects
• Draw strategies for improving the LMTV programme.
• Participate in designing and organizing evaluations for LMTV’s.
• Explore the possibilities of MLTV placements with UPA Branches.
• To continuously update the MLTV guidebook
• Create new contacts to other international sending organisations
• To identify ways for fundraising
• Publish a monthly online newsletter and Printed newsletter every six months on UPA activities and the general International volunteer programme.
Note :
All the above should be accomplished in close collaboration with other members of UPA staff.
Volunteer qualities • Demonstration of prior experience from international volunteer programmes and/or work camps
• Creative and full of good ideas
• Very good intercultural communication skills and able to deal with different ethnic groups
• Patience and able to work using few resources and basic facilities
• Willing to travel extensively with local busses and be accommodated locally
• Willing to work with UPA for a minimum of 6 months
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs
Working hours 09:00am-04:00pm, Monday to Friday. Sometimes expect to work on weekends especially during work camp periods and workshops, monitoring or branch visit.

Transport UPA head office is adjacent to the Guesthouse, there fore no transport cost will be incurred unless a volunteer is being given accommodation out side the Guesthouse

Accommodation UPA Guesthouse

Comments from UPA The volunteer will work from UPA secretariat. The secretariat consists of 3 staff, and local volunteers. The facilities are basic, the computers overworked, power is on and off and the internet is up and down. The volunteer will work under the supervision of UPA Staff. A volunteer with skills in website management stand a better advantage to be recruited.

Communication English is the communication language at UPA Secretariat
You can also mail to uganda_pioneers22@hotmail.com

Past Volunteers From Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Denmark, Estonia

UPA Branches
UPA also tends to place volunteers in some of its branches so that members in these also benefit from the volunteer programme. However, this has begun with a few of the branches of the organization out of the 10 that are established.
Kikooba Branch
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 019
Background Kikooba Branch is one of the oldest branches of the organization. It runs a primary school that teaches more than 200 children of 5-10 years
Aim To promote education of the disadvantaged and alleviate poverty.
Activities The branch wants volunteers to teach at a local primary school in the area. There is an adult literacy programme at the branch that is soon to take off. Volunteers are therefore needed to teach the adults in the area
Volunteer task • Teach at a local primary school with pupils of age 5-10years
• Mainly to teach Math and English in school for children aged 5-12 years
• Train children in games and sports with children.
• Music, dance and drama
Volunteer qualities • The volunteer should be ready to live in a rural area without electric power and running water but a stream.
• The volunteer will spend a lot of time living. (cooking, fetching water, and cleaning for themselves)
• The volunteer should be prepared to live in very basic and therefore no luxury of any kind.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers X
Working hours 8:00 am – 4:30 p.m
Transport Kikooba branch is in Kiboga district 45miles from Kampala city. A volunteer may take a taxi to the place with an estimated cost of about 5,000 Uganda shilling. Accommodation will be provided at the branch.
Accommodation A volunteer will be given a single room of there own but will be living in the house with a family.
Comments from UPA Kikooba is a good placement for volunteers that wish to live in a rural way. It is in a remote area with not much entertainment.
Communication Very few people can speak English. The few will help translate for the volunteer when communicating with those that do not speak it.
Past Volunteers From Japan, Korea, Italy

Central Branch
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 020
Background Central branch is the first local branch established in 1996 by the founders of UPA and a group of young volunteers within Nansana, Wakiso District. Central branch has been instrumental in the development of UPA and other local branches.
Central Branch conducts their meetings at the Youth Health centre on the premises of UPA national office.
Aim Central branch advertises for a volunteer that will work hand in hand with the project co-coordinators and peer educators in order to strengthen the present programme and initiate new activities. The MTV is expected to work 2+ days a week with Central Branch. It is possible to combine Central Branch with another placement. Central Branch is liaising with a number of interesting institutions like TASO, AIDS Information centre, local health clinics, schools etc. that could serve as a second placement.
Activities The main activity of Central Branch is Nansana Youth Health and Information Programme. The programme aims to increase awareness on issues of adolescent sexual health and reproductive health through counseling and accessibility to accurate information. Approximately, 10 volunteers from Central Branch and a number of peer educators are presently running the programme.
Volunteer task • Creating a resource centre for the youth to access information on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, STDs, HIV/AIDS, prevention and care.
• Organizing seminars, workshops, sports galas and reach out activities.
• Peer education, outreaches and school visits.
• Form youth clubs in schools to aid the continuation of activities in the community.
• Design news letters and brochures
• Support the coordinators of the project
• Conduct outreaches with peer educators
• Designing and updating a web blog
• Developing monitoring and evaluation tools
• Computer training
• Conducting periodical indoor and out door games
• Identify ways of fundraising / new Partners
Volunteer qualities Preferable, the MTV has brief knowledge on Peer Education (youth to youth methodologies) and/or other related information activities. The MTV must be able to motivate other volunteers and to a certain degree and work independently.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers X
Working hours 09:00am-04:00pm, 4 days a week (Saturdays included).

Transport By foot since the office and the guest house are adjacent to each other.
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse, Nansana
Comments from UPA Central Branch has been expanding its activities and now has a complete building thanks to the past volunteers who have helped the members fundraise towards its construction. it is a good placement for volunteers that want to engage in campaigns towards creating awareness towards young people about the problem of HIV/AIDS
Communication The mode of communication is English both in meetings and the outreaches in schools
Past Volunteers From Netherlands, Germany and UK

Community Projects
KIYITA FAMILY ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT (KIFAD)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 021
Background Kiyita is a registered indigenous, community based non governmental organisation with its headquarters in Nansana – Wakiso District. In light of the growing incidence of HIV/AIDS and its adverse socio-economic impact, the need for establishing of a proactive community led initiative to mitigate the socio-economic impact of AIDS was fore seen and Kiyita Family Alliance for Development was initiated
Aim To contribute to increased access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, home based care and support to People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
Activities • Community HIV/AIDS care, support and referral services.
• Support to Orphan and Vulnerable Children with quality education
• Provision of material support to the most vulnerable.
Volunteer task • Visiting families and explain the importance of using contraceptives.
• To be part in drawing fundraising avenues/plan to raise money for community activities
• To raise awareness about health, education and sanitation
Working hours Typically Monday- to Friday, 8:00 am-17:00 pm, but may vary depending on the project. This may include Saturdays and Sundays
Transport KIFAD is located only about 2km from UPA Guest house. A volunteer may walk to the project or choose to spend at least Uganda shillings 600 in public transport by mini bus.
Accommodation A Volunteer may opt to stay at UPA Guest house or KIFAD offers to host them in a home of their Executive member.
Comments from UPA KIFAD is a small organisation but may be an interesting organisation to work with. It reflects a grass-root organisation that strives to do a lot in the meagre available resources.

It is one organisation that can provide a very good learning environment to volunteers because of its commitment to networking with several Civil Society organisations.

Over the years, the project has grown and is starting to specilaise and will now prefer volunteers with a particular qualification.
Communication Communication with KIFAD members and staff is easy as most are educated. Not all orphans and their client families speak good English.
Past Volunteers From UK, Netherlands, USA, German, Spain

Kawempe Youth Development Association
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 022
Background Kawempe Youth Development Association is a Non- Governmental Organisation whose vision is to provide an appropriate framework for enabling the youth to develop social, economic, and cultural skills in order to enhance their participation in the overall development process and improve their quality of life.

KYDA mainly targets vulnerable children and youth aged 10 -24 years with particular emphasis on school drop outs, street children, drug abusers, teenage mothers, HIV/AIDS orphans and slum youth in Kawempe division of Kampala District and the surrounding Wakiso District. Therefore KYDA operates in two Districts of Kampala and Wakiso.

KYDA is located on 5 ½ miles from Kampala City along Kampala-Gulu road highway in the Central region of Uganda. This area is characterized by a huge number of peasants mainly wage earners, who were displaced by the Luwero Triangle war and migrated to Kawempe Division and the surrounding parts of Wakiso to escape war effects. Well as the street children come as a result of the war insurgency in Northern Uganda, high cost of education, peer influence, single motherhood, abject poverty in homes and child neglect hence they find streets more welcoming.

The organization is registered under the 1989 Non-Governmental Organisations statute by the NGO Board and it operates a head office in Jijnja –Kawempe zone A on Wakiso District with out posts in Kazo-Angola, Kawempe 1 and 11 parishes of Kawempe Division- Kampala District.
Aim To empower Children and youth with life and vocational skills, especially those out of school so that they can live better lives able to sustain themselves.
Activities • To offer a drop in centre to displaced children
• To provide recreation activities to children and youth such as games and sports, drama etc. Through which preventive messages about HIV/ AIDS can be passed on to the youth.
• To provide rehabilitation services to children who were sexually exploited by offering them behavioral change sessions, legal support, etc.
• Train life skills.
• Provisional of vocational skills to vulnerable children.
• Counseling.
• Support orphans and other vulnerable children with basic needs such as education, shelter, clothes, food and medical care.
• Advocacy.
• Preventive and curative health services.
• Re integration of the children to their families after rehabilitation, that is, family reunion and resettlement.
Volunteer Tasks • Social support to HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
• Join in home visits to positive living children or other vulnerable children to assist in food preparation, cleaning (hygiene) basic medical care and counseling.
• Office work related to organisation development and programming.
• Move within the slum communities of Kawempe division and the rural areas of Wakiso, to care givers of orphans.
• Volunteers can also spend time working within the studios, ie participating in health talk, talk shows, dialogues, schools where our orphans receive education from and offices of the agencies which support the work of the Project.
• Participate in organizing recreational activities, retreats for children.
• Music dance and drama
• Physical therapy for mentally retarded children
Volunteer Qualities Emotionally strong.
The volunteer should be ready to interact with marginalized, vulnerable and neglected positive and negative children at drop- in – centres, inside and outside slums and villages.
Ability to work with children and youth.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by MTVs X
Working Hours KYDA office hours are from 8.00am to 16.30pm five days a week. However, the possibilities of having optional activities over the weekend may not be ruled out.
Transport KYDA is located five and a half miles from Kampala-Bombo-Gulu highway, operates in Wakiso Kampala districts both in central Uganda region. Public transport is available all day long using mini buses

It will cost a volunteer between Uganda. Shillings 4,000 – 4,500 to and from if the volunteer lives in UPA guest house, with a 10-15 minutes walking distance off Bombo road in Kawempe trading centre. One should also have the patience and tolerance to go through the heavy traffic jam in Bwaise town in the rush hours of the morning and evening.
Accommodation A volunteer may live in UPA Guest house or KYDA may provide accommodation for the volunteer in a host family with one of our community based volunteers who are carefully selected.
Comments from UPA Working with marginalized, youth and children may call for a volunteer ready to experience irritating and challenging situations. However, a volunteer shall be required to carry a very open heart that can accommodate these situations.
There is no guarantee that you will have activities clearly planned and arranged for you.
You should
A volunteer should be highly motivated to create own tasks, activities at times.
Communication Communication with KYDA members and staff is easy as most are educated. However, not all orphans and vulnerable children are able to speak good English.
Past Volunteers Germans, Netherlands, Finland

UGANDA YOUTH AND WOMEN’S EFFORT FIGHTING AIDS (UYWEFA)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV/ 023
Background Uganda Youth and Women’s Effort Fighting AIDS (UYWEFA) was established in 2007 after realizing gaps in home based care. As a charity organization, it dedicates and designs activities and campaigns to promote awareness and sensitization of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other diseases to become self reliant. It is registered with Wakiso District Directorate of Community Based Services as community based organisation number WCBO 325/07.
Aim To mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS for people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS through provision of home based care, advocating health rights and empowering youth and women with the aim of enabling people living and affected by HIV/AIDS to become self reliant.
Objectives  Provide counseling and support to people living with HIV/AIDS in Kazo and surrounding areas.
 To mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in the community.
 To provide basic primary education to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
 To provide training in business, literacy, nutrition and parenting to people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS in Kazo Central
 To sensitize the community about HIV/AIDS, focusing on ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Volunteer tasks • Teach children at nursery stage in mathematics, English, science, reading, writing, arts and crafts and practical skills.
• Play games and sports with children.
• Teach adults literacy, business skills, nutrition and basic healthcare.
• Music, dance and drama.
• Psycho-social support to people living with HIV/AIDS
• HIV/AIDS counselling and prevention work in communities, schools and workplaces
• Assist teachers in preparing lesson plans and administering exams
• Assist in school administration and management
• Prepare and submit updates on the education centre to the community
• Conduct home visits to vulnerable children where necessary
Volunteer qualities • UYWEFA requires that a volunteer has an open mind and be creative. A self-driven and motivated volunteer, willing to work under minimum supervision. Having administration or management skills would be of an added advantage but not mandatory.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by Volunteers X
Working hours Volunteers working in the nursery section are required to be at work from 07.30 and will finish at 13.00. Volunteers providing adult education will work in the afternoon and evenings. For volunteers carrying out community activities times will vary and can be adapted to suit volunteers other commitments.
Transport UYWEFA is based in Kazo, 5 miles from Kampala. From UPA Guest house volunteers will get there by public means with an estimated cost of about 3,000 Uganda shilling.
Accommodation UPA or UYWEFA will organize accommodation with a family or the volunteer will be given a room rented by UPA.
Comments from UPA The placement requires volunteers that are highly motivated and innovative. It is an interesting project and introduces you to the challenges of a peri urban community in a really local setting.
Communication It is possible to communicate in English or through translations by project partners in case of families without good English communication skills.
Past Volunteers Ugandan, Israeli, British

BETHESDA CARE ORGANISATION
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 024
Back ground After realizing the need for joining the world in fighting the HIV/AIDS disease, the Organization was started on 27th/11/2006 and meant to be a non profit making, non sectarian, non political, and non governmental organization.
Aims • The organization was set up to counsel, test and take care of the mothers and children who are sick of HIV and do not have any care, and there by building hope to the hopeless.
• Carrying out VCT in the communities like trading centres, schools, and churches, on all categories of people.
• To teach, sensitize, and counsel as many people as possible in the areas of operation about the scourge, HIV/ AIDS.
• Reducing the stigma especially on the affected and the infected members of the communities of operation especially the children and women by counseling.
• Give support in form of materials, nutritional foods, and otherwise, to the selected infected groups particularly children and mothers, after a good follow up.
Volunteers task • To do counseling before and after blood testing of the clients (VCT).
• Visiting the orphans in their respective families and writing report about their health status.
• General home visits to the people living with HIV/AIDS and giving necessary counseling to such groups.
• Food distribution to the people living with HIV/AIDS as the organization will have given the order according to the most needy
• Volunteering in the Nursing training school by teaching if possible.
• Volunteering in the counseling, training of trainers or counselors themselves.
Volunteer Qualities

• Be ready to work with less supervision
• Be emotionally strong as it involves working with and on people living with HIV/AIDS.
• Volunteer should be willing to be accommodated with a family or at the training centre (Institute).
Rating Low Medium High
Education X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteer X

Working hours The working hours shall be from 09:00am to 05:00pm.
And the organization will arrange the volunteers visits to some places 4 the weekends. The areas have been identified
Transport Transport has been arranged by the organization for all the period of volunteers stay with us.
Communication All the people that will be working with the volunteer and working at the center can speak English. However most of the clients in the field may not be able to communicate in English, and in such a case translator will be provided.
Past Volunteers. From German , Japan, Finland

Women Caring and Counseling Centre Kireka (WCCC)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV025

Background Women Caring Counseling Centre (WCCC) is a Non-Movement Oranisation founded by a handful of women in 1996 and it was fully registered as an NGO in 1998 under registration number S5914/2448
Aim • To support women, Children and Youths suffering with HIV/AIDS and other related diseases.
• To Counsel, Educate, Sensitize and Empower women on factors affecting them such as HIV/AIDS, Family health.Drug and alcohol abuse, unwanted pregnancy, social and family matters
Activities • Voluntary Counseling
• Health Education
• Counseling on family matters
• Marital Counseling
• Home based care and weekly out reach
Volunteer tasks • Counseling of clients
• Health education and sensitization
• Working with other counselors in dealing with HIV/AIDS clients
• Out-reach services
Volunteer qualities • A Volunteer with counseling skills
• The volunteer should be kind and ready to listen, emotionally strong and to give advice if necessary
• A volunteer must be a God fearing and ready to give prayers
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional Challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers X

Working hours 5 days a week from 8:30am-4:00pm
Transport It takes about 2,000 Uganda shillings to and from
Accommodation Accommodation is arranged at the Centre
Comments from UPA Volunteers should not expect any activities at this project in the month of December. All activities are closed then.
Communication All Counselors are able to communicate in English but some clients need translators (already in place)
Past Volunteers From Finland

HEALTH FOR YOUTH WITH PARENTS INVOLVED (HEY- PI)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV 026
Background Health For Youth with Parents Involved (HEY-PI) was established on the 11th February 2005 by Parents and Youth leaving in Nansana, Nabweru subcounty and Wakiso district due to need to help the youth in matters concerning reproductive health.
Aim To contribute to the promotion of rights and improved health of the youth of Nansana in Wakiso with an emphasis on Nabweru sub-county by providing high quality integrated health services.
Activities • Voluntary counseling and testing
• Community sensitization (outreaches)
• Educative film shows/discussions
• School outreaches
• Condoms/Information, Education and Communication materials distributions
• Guidance and counseling
• Community dialogue
• Livelihood skills training/small business entrepreneurship trainings
Volunteer task • Peer education, outreaches and school visits.
• Community outreaches/sensitization
• Advocacy
• Evaluation of work
• Training of youths
• Counselling
• Distribution of materials
• Holding discussions with the youth
Volunteer qualities HEY-PI requires a volunteer who is highly motivated and ready to work with the youth.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Rating by volunteers X
Working hours 08:00am-05:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Transport
By foot since HEY-PI office is near the Guesthouse
Accommodation UPA Guesthouse, Nansana
Comments from UPA No prior experience of working with them. Volunteer to this will be pioneer
Communication The mode of communication is English both in meetings and the outreaches in schools. In case of working in the community, there will always be a translator.
Past Volunteers Netherlands

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

Community Action for Development
PROJECT CODE: UPA/LMTV 028

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.
Activities • 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.
Rating

Working Hours

Educational Low Medium High
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.
Past Volunteers Nil

BAMUSUUTA ORPHANAGE
Project no: UPA/MLTV/ 029
Background Bamusuuta orphanage was founded in 1987 shortly after the 1980 -1986 civil war that claimed many lives in Uganda. It was started by Nanvubya Esteri and is located in Kyankwanzi District, Mulagi Sub county, Kiboga District.

Nanvubya, a 65year old widow to the late Mr. Kakande leaves on subsistence farming. During the war, the couple witnessed a lot of human suffering and killings that left scores of pupils left with out parents/ guardians.

Challenged by the unpleasant and vulnerable situation of the orphaned children, the two picked a vision to start an orphanage. To look after these children.

Before even the war the couple was faced with an influx of 40 orphans of the war under the help of one Namukasa who asked and was accepted to take refugee in their home.

Since the late Mr. Kakande, husband to Nanvubya was a local leader and owned two houses hosted on a big piece of land; he offered Namukasa and the orphans shelter in one of their houses. Unfortunately, 2 years later disaster struck as Namukasa fell sick and died leaving behind the orphans in the responsibility of Nanvubya, her husband and their 7 sons and daughters.

Nanvubya’s unending story of sorrow came to a climax in 1987 when his husband also passed away to live the whole burden of orphans to her and her 7 children of whom she also lost 2 eventually remaining with 5 children.

This abnormal burden of caring for 40 orphans seriously impacted on Nanvubya’s family inevitably forcing even her own off springs drop out of school at an early age to take on the immerse responsibility of raising these orphans. Despite their poor financial state, the family has a strong heart of engaging in cultivating food for the orphans to eat, bathing them and taking on the general welfare for orphans.

Today this family has become a home for orphans in the District. It is a hobby and passion for whole family to help Nanvubya with the daily cores of looking after orphans.

Aim To provide basic needs, care, education, skills, encouragement and support to orphaned children. She provides a home for the orphaned children in the District.
Activities • Giving care and showing love to the children
• Playing with the children.
• Helping in their gardens for food security
• House work, preparing food, fetching water, doing dishes etc
• Helping in the construction of a house for them
Volunteer qualities • Ready to work with orphaned and vulnerable children in rural setting
• Ready to play and help the orphans’ psycho social needs
• Be ready for a very fragile community (changing characters)
Rating Low Medium High
Educational x
Practical x
Room for new initiative x
Emotional challenging x
Work load x
Rating by MTVs
Working hours
Work at the orphanage is full time though there is no restriction. Activities can be shared among the several people around in shifts though.
Transport It is located in Kyankwanzi District, Mulagi sub-county and it requires 10,000/= to get to the orphanage
Accommodation The volunteer has to stay either in Kiboga town or stay with the orphans in a very rural setting with a humble home.
Comments from UPA If you want to help a child in absolute need, who can appreciate even the least, this can be an opportunity. This is an orphanage in the very rural setting and a very good example of a project addressing a grass root need.
Communication Most orphans go to school hence are able to speak a few words in English.
Past Volunteers Nil

SWEETHOME BABIES DAY CARE AND NURSERY-NANSANA. (Caring for children from 3 months and above)

Project no: UPA/MLTV/ 030
Background Sweet Home Babies day Care and Nursery –Nansana was established with the main goal of nurturing the “ whole child” in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual developments. This is being through these programs that have been established by the organization in view of the stated objectives. These programs are;
 The education program
 The talents program
 Foster family program
 Special Education Needs(SEN)
 An exclusive Christian- based Curriculum.
 Promote and support the education of vulnerable children.
Aim To prepare children to excel as young leaders of tomorrow.
Activities • Early childhood teaching.
• Phonic reading
• Day care services.
• Sports activities.
• Language developments skills
• Reading and writing skills
• Music, Dance and Drama.
• Art and Craft
• Guidance and counseling to families.
• Potty and toilet training.
Volunteer task • Teach children of the ages 3months to 6 years in all Early Childhood learning areas and development skills.
• Play games with children for example sports
• Teach pupils art and craft
Volunteer qualities • Independent
• Creative
• Good knowledge of social work and administration
• Interest in all types Children.
• Being an early childhood educator, will be of great advantage.
Rating Low Medium High
Educational X
Practical X
Room for new initiatives X
Emotional challenging X
Work load X
Working hours The volunteer will work from 08.00 to 04.00. Monday to Friday.
Transport No cost because the distance is in a walking distance from UPA Guesthouse.
Accommodation Accommodation will be at the UPA guest house in Nansana or maybe hosted directly at the project.
Comments from UPA The project is completely new and could be challenging but will be ideal to those volunteers who would like to orient themselves with the growing stages and steps of a Ugandan child. Volunteers with the courage to be pioneers and pave way for others are encouraged to apply.
Communication Communication with especially kids maybe challenging, but a volunteer should be ready to succeed with the help of translation by their project partners
Past volunteers Nil

HOPE REHABILITATION AND OUT REACH ORGANISATION (HORHO)
Project Code: UPA/ MLTV/31
Back ground Hope Rehabilitation and Outreach Organisation (HORHO) is a local Community Based Organisation (NGO) started in 2008 and registered under reference number WCBO/625/11 of Wakiso Community Based Development Department. HORHO’s operation area includes Wakiso and neighboring districts of Mpigi, Mityana, Masindi, Hoima, Kiboga, Luweero, Nakasongola and Kibale.
The Organization aims at re-orientation and rehabilitation of Vulnerable Children. It also commits her resources to empowering parents, guardians, benefactors, Volunteers and well wishers with the compassion to love and care for OVC Children.
Our priority target is vulnerable Children that become so as a result of Psycho-social, economic and Political pressures both from their homes and beyond house hold circles.
HORHO and other partner community based child care institutions aim at disseminating children’s rights, child development and disseminate information about caring for vulnerable children to communities around.
Aim • Empower single mothers, Youth, parents, Guardians, OVCs and other Vulnerable Children in order to access their rights for basic needs including health, Education, Food, Shelter, Dressing and proper upbringing
Objectives • Improving the livelihoods and status of vulnerable Children through raising awareness of their rights.
• To encourage and lobby for girl child education through discouraging unfavorable cultural practices
• To support and protect children whose parents or guardians are incapacitated due to mental or physical disability, extreme age or any other form of involuntary incapacitation.
• To create awareness to parents and guardians to prevent children from suffering various diseases e.g. Malaria, Polio and care for opportunistic diseases as a result of HIV/AIDS
• To provide guidance and counseling to children with disabilities, abandoned children, sexually abused, street children and drug addicts.
ACTIVITIES • Advocacy activities
• HIV/AIDS information
• Adult Education
• Demonstration small scale farm activities.
• Home visits of OVCS.
• Provision of seeds to those in dire need.
VOLUNTEER’S TASKS • Conduct home visits
• Sensitization on HIV/AIDS
• Feeding those who are bed ridden
• Writing articles, photos and filming
• Conduct adult education sessions on child health, nutrition, pregnancies with women groups
• Distributing seeds and other necessities to OVCs and families.
• Assist in article writing, photos and filming
VOLUNTEER’S QUALITIES Volunteers applying for this project should be open, flexible and ready to adjust:-
• Social and able to adjust
• Emotionally strong because he/she may come across persons living in absolute poverty or the sick which situation can be challenging
• Kind and considerate
• Ability to work with children from poor back ground
• Ability to work and visit people in the slums
• Some who can not speak English
• Able to work in the village setting
.Rating Low Medium High
Education X
Practical X
Room for new
Initiative X
Emotional Challenges X
Work load X
Working Hours Working hours from 8:30 am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Transport By taxi and takes 20 minutes from and up to Guesthouse to the project and it costs UGX 1,000 to and from.
Accommodation Accommodation will be at UPA Guest house
Comments from UPA It is a very new and young organization. Volunteers applying for this project should be highly motivated and must command a very high level of self-drive to be able to meet the challenges and to create own tasks at times
Communication English is possible but be sure it is not very fluent. One must be very flexible to listening
Past Volunteers Nil

Save Women and Child AID (SWCA)
Project Code: UPA/ MLTV/32

BACKGROUND

SWCA is a non governmental organization (NGO) established on 10th/march/ 2004 with an aim of assisting mothers/ widows by providing education and assistance in the care of their children.

SWCA founded after a careful analysis of HIV/AIDS epidemic, high level of poverty, landslides, floods which occurs in Mbale district and neighboring district of Bududa, Manafwa Butaleja, and Bulambuli and also war in northern Uganda that lasted for almost 20 years has left many children without parents, this has punished children into a situation of suffering on streets without education, medical care and nutrition.

SWCA members decided to come up with seven(7) programs as follows:-
• Girl child education support
• HIV/ AIDS prevention
• Child right protection
• Enteric disease prevention/ sanitation
• Orphanage home
• Family planning
• I.G.A like poultry keeping, piglet and crop production
And thus raising concern to support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in order to improve the standard of living to achieve their purposeful future.
ORGANISATION OBJECTIVES – Ensuring equitable to quality education for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
– Protecting and promoting the rights of children.
– Provide care for orphans and vulnerable children with basic needs in the community
– Training mothers/ parents by sensitizing them in issuing of family planning, HIV/AIDS epidemics, enteric diseases and I.G.A
LOCATION – Plot 2 Mugisu Cell, Namakwekwe ward, Northern Division Mbale district 1 kilometer on Soroti Road.
MISSION – To work with mothers/ widows to rescue, care and support orphans and vulnerable children to achieve their purpose full future.

VISION – To bring comfort, joy, hope and love to orphans and vulnerable children
ACTIVITIES – Parent training/ meeting
– Programs to improve quality of education like scholastic materials and sponsorships
– Workshops, home to home counseling, radio talk show and prison visitation about children rights
– Ensuring care for orphans and vulnerable children in the community by providing medical treatment, food (nutrition) and clothing.
ACHIEVED PROGRAM – Orphanage school in the name of TAATA KIDS KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
– Clinic
VOLUNTEER TASK – Teaching children in classes at primary level and pre- primary
– Involving children in dance and drama
– Home to home visitation.
– To strengthen voice of HIV/AIDS victimized orphans and vulnerable children.
– To work with mothers/widows by teaching/ involving them in small income generating activities around their homes.
– Writing article, photos, filming and production of newsletters.
VOLUNTEER QUALITIES – Friendly to children.
– Courageous and active.
– Lovely and care.
– Willing to work with widows, needy women, orphans and vulnerable children in all circumstances
– Accessible at all times
RATING
LOW MEDIUM HIGH
EDUCATIONAL X
PRACTICAL X
ROOM FOR NEW INITIATIVE X
EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES X
WORK LOAD X
FIELD OUT REACH X
WORKING HOURS – Volunteer will work from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4: 00 pm and
– Any special occasion volunteer shall participate if necessary
TRANSPORT – Volunteers will use bus, tax and will take about 3 hours from U.P.A guest house to the project and costs 14000/= ( Kampala to Mbale)
ACCOMODATION – SWCA will provide accommodation for the volunteer at the near by guest house which have self contained rooms with electricity, water supply and security
COMMUNICATION English shall be the common medium of communication.
Empowering, Transforming in education, HIV/AID

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