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 2012-2013WORK CAMP

Uganda Pioneers´ Association International Work Camp Projects 2012-2013

Uganda Pioneers´ Association (UPA) is a youth voluntary organisation working with community projects, work camps and volunteer exchange. UPA was founded in 1989 by young Ugandans with the aim of mobilising youth to contribute to community development through voluntary work. UPA has a national secretariat located in Kampala, Nansana and currently operates with 10 Branches in seven districts in Uganda.

The Aim of UPA: “To promote community based development, intercultural cooperation and youth participation through voluntary work”.

The Objectives of UPA

  • To encourage the dynamic age group (youth) to take leading roles towards development.
  • To promote and improve natural and acquired skills useful to the community.
  • To promote and exchange cultures to create friendship and mutual understanding.
  • To contribute to the development of community based social services.

Work camps have been used as means for building local communities. Volunteers from all over the world come together and through common efforts to build community centres, health units, small scale farming plots and much more has been constructed. Friendship cross borders has been created and barriers between people from different cultures broken down.

Work camps as a tool for development

Through the new work camps; the Participants acquire new skills, experience, get new ideas and are exposed to development issues especially through the exchange of good practices. The Community benefits through participation, education, sensitisation, new constructions and poverty reduction.

In 2012-2013 UPA has planned a total of 17 workcamps including 15 normal work camp projects in different parts of Uganda, 1 regional caravan work camp project in conjunction with Kenya Voluntary Development Association (Kenya) and UVIKIUTA (Tanzania) and 1 bilateral special camp for the elderly. The projects are hosted by the UPA branches and partner projects or community groups across the country. The themes of the work camps vary from, Environment conservation and Sanitation, Sustainable Development, construction, kids, agriculture, sports, cultural heritage and HIV/AIDS.  You are most welcome to join UPA for these projects.

 

How to participate

If you wish to participate in a UPA work camp, please contact the UPA secretariat on e-mail: uganda_pioneers22@hotmail.com or call +256 (0)782 110 662. /+256 (0) 704 610 662/ +256 (0) 782 335322/ +256 (0) 704136523

International participants are required to pay a fee of 250 Euros. The fee covers pick up from the airport or bus station upon arrival in Uganda, Orientation at the UPA guesthouse, local transport to and from the work camp, food and accommodation during the work camp. The fee also contributes to the running of activities taking place during the work camp and communication prior to the camp. Accommodation is basic. In most cases work campers will be sleeping in community halls or school classrooms. Work campers should bring mosquito nets and bedding. Local food is prepared by the work campers on charcoal stoves or open fire. For more information about the specific camps and activities UPA provides an info sheet on request.

Participants are advised to arrive a day before commencement of the project applied for.

Duration:                    3 weeks work camps and 1 week for the regional caravan camp.

Participation fee:        International volunteers 250 Euros (Two Hundred fifty) and 120 Euros for the regional caravan camp

                                     

Note:  The fee for the regional caravan camp excludes transport between countries.

 

Cancellation of participation

Cancellation of participation before the project resumes while in Uganda attracts a 50% refund only. In case a volunteer cancels his/her participation during the work camp, it is not possible to refund any amount of the participation fee back to them. This is because a lot of money goes to the communication, airport pick up, orientation, prior preparations before the work camp 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.

About Uganda

Uganda is a beautiful country gifted by nature. Volunteers may take time off after the work camp 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 www.visituganda.com.

Tourism opportunities

UPA can now assist with subsidised 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)

Summary 2012- 2013 UPA International work camp Schedule.

 

 

WORKCAMP CODE

 

WORKCAMP DATES

 

PROJECT NAME/ LOCATION

 

 

PROJECT TYPE

NO. OF VOLUNTEERS

UPA/ 001/12

2 – 22/04/12

Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District

SAN

20

UPA/002/12

7 – 27/05/12

Kakunyu, Bukomero, Kiboga District

ENV

15

UPA/003/12

4 – 24/06/12

Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District

CONS

15

UPA/004/12

2 -22/ 07/12

Kikooba, Kiboga District

MED/CONS

15

UPA/005/12

2 – 22/07/ 12

Pakwach, Nebbi District

REN/CONS

15

UPA/006/12

24/07 – 14/08/12

UPA Gulu, Gulu District

CULT HERI/ CONS

15

UPA/007/12

24/07 – 14/08/12

UPA Arua, Arua District

MED

15

UPA/008/12

16 – 23/08/12

24/08 – 02/09/12

03 -12/09/12

  • Pakwach, Nebbi District inUganda
  • Emuhaya District, Vihiga County, Western Kenya
  • Mwika, Moshi District, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania

HIV/AIDS

25

UPA/009/12

10/09 – 01/10/12

UPA Apac, Apac District

CONS

15

UPA/010/12

10/09 – 01/10/12

UPA Terego, Arua District

CONS

15

UPA/011/12

08/10 – 28/10/12

Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District

CULT HERI/CONS

15

UPA/012/12

05 – 25/11/12

Kakunyu, Bukomero, Kiboga District

ENV

15

UPA/013/12

29/11 – 20/12/12

Basajjansolo, Luweero, Luweero District

KIDS

25

UPA/014/12

29/11 – 20/12/12

Naluvule, Wakiso sub county, Wakiso District

CONS

15

UPA/015/13

07 – 27/01/13

Kagoma village, Kibiito town, Kyenjojo District

MED/CONS

15

UPA/016/13

04 – 24/02/13

Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District

CONS

15

UPA/017/13

04 – 24/03/13

Branches of Life

CONS

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 – 2013 detailed workcamp projects Descriptions.

 

Project Title “International Community sanitation  workcamp
Project Date 02nd – 22nd April 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/001/12
Project Host UPA Central Branch
Project Theme “Better sanitation for Better Health”
Project Location UPA Central Branch is located in Wakiso District at the premises of UPA Head office in Nansana, Ocheng Zone, eight (8) miles Hoima Road not far from Kampala.  It is approximately 12 kilometres from Kampala city.
Project Background Nansana Town Council has a fast growing Urban setting with a fast growing population. Like any development, the area will not escape the problem of formation of slums and its associated challenges of poor sanitation and hygiene. Inevitably, these associated problems also continue to grow at the same rate.

Located in a peri-urban setting it is mandatory that this deteriorating sanitation and hygiene standards, is checked to reduce the possibilities of the outbreaks of deadly diseases like cholera and dysentery.

In 2011, UPA hosted a project in Kawempe with the purpose of promoting clean sanitation, family hygiene and proper garbage disposal.

Besides, the project also promoted the use of Story telling and Forum theatre as a sensitisation tool for communities. Many people in Uganda still die of Malaria and many other preventable diseases as a result of failure to practice good hygiene.

Using oral tradition and the story telling, this workcamp intends to orient and make the community aware of the hazards of a poor environment and sanitation and to make them better understand their responsibilities as a way to encourage youth in becoming multiplier actors on local and national level.

Project Objectives
  • To reduce the prevalence of preventable diseases in the community of Nansana Town Council
  • To reduce on costs towards medical expenses on preventable diseases hence reducing poverty in Nansana Community
  • To work towards reducing poor sanitation in Nansana Town Council through allowing open debate and interaction using story telling and theatre.
  • To transform the local youth into promoters of new measures aimed at promoting sanitation.
  • To use story telling as a tool to reflect on the local realities, to promote dialogue between youth, local communities and the local institutions on sanitation issues.
  • To contribute the development of the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of voluntary service
  • To promote family sanitation through physical cleaning and to promote awareness for a clean environment in families
  • To improve on the lives of people in Nansana Town Council through improving their hygiene.
  • To instil a culture of proper and safe garbage management, separation and safe disposal practices
  • To create awareness on safe and sustainable garbage disposal practices.
  • To sensitize the rural community on dangers of poor sanitation
Activities
  • Collecting garbage in markets, streets, schools and health centres
  • Cleaning and de-silting water channel
  • Conducting community sensitization through Story telling, Forum Theatre, open discussion, quiz and debates
  • Clearing bushes and stagnant water sources in the surrounding homes
  • Conduct a one-day workshop and public dialogue on Community sanitation management and hygiene.
Cultural and Educational visits During the work camp period the participants will visit the following places:

  • Visit Wamala King’s tombs: This is a famous place where Buganda Kingdom kings where buried, with a lot of historical information

Note:

  • Participants may also visit the Wildlife Education Centre and Entebbe botanical gardens in Entebbe but at their own cost.

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome
  • Streets and markets shall be cleaned
  • A workshop conducted
  • A public dialogue conducted
Beneficiaries
  • Primary: Residents of Nansana Town council and Buganda government
  • Secondary: work camp participants
Participation The project expects 20 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and people from the north of the world (that is Europe, Asia and America).

The camp participants will be joined by other community people working for 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualify to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to work in filthy or dirty environment
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

The major food eaten in this region matoke, cassava, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, ground nuts, yams etc.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds

 

Accommodation

  • We shall provide simple rooms for sleeping
  • Participant will use their sleeping bags and mats
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • There are several local foods, matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes,
  • Yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood.
Health Services At Nansana there are several medical clinics at distance of less than a kilo meter and the main hospitals are at 12 kilometres in Kampala
Water Source
  • There is always running water at Nansana camp site. If not available participants shall have to collect water from the nearby spring about 600 metres from the site.
Climate /Weather The temperatures in April usually range between 16 and 29 C with some rains during the month. This region is very green all the year due to two seasons of rains in the year. It may turn out to be wet and chilly at times.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

Play kits or items for games and sports for kids maybe welcome too but optional.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Ø  Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Title International Workcamp on Agro forestry and Environment conservation
Project Date 07th – 27th May 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/002/12
Project Host Bukomero UPA Agricultural Demonstration Project
Project Theme “Enhancing youth and civil society involvement in sustainable environment management and conservation for food security.”
Project Location Kakunyu village, Bukomero sub county in Kiboga District. Kiboga District is located in the central part of Uganda boarded by Nakaseke District in the northeast, Masindi in the northwest, Mubende district in the south and Kibale district in the southwest. Kakunyu lies 85km on Kampala-Hoima road.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers Association owns a 10 acre piece of land at Kakunyu village in Bukomero Sub County on which it has for long tested several projects. Effective 2008, UPA decided to start on a campaign to put more than half of this land under tree cover and several trees have already been planted.

Forests are a livelihood to over 1.6 billion people; home for 300 million people and are estimated to account for US $ 327 billion in trade, they provide shelter, source of food, medicine and play a vital role in maintaining a stable global environment.

Millennium Development Goal 7 also clearly requires us to ensure Environmental sustainability. The MDG targets 7 (a) encourages the reverse of loss of environmental resources like trees. In 2012 too UPA shall be committed to address the main challenges of Environmental Sustainability focusing on reversing of alarming distinction of trees as an environmental resource in order to contribute to a sustainable living and reverse the escalating weather challenges.

Food security also remains a concern for UPA and therefore it is planned to intercrop the trees with other food crops. It is expected that the weeding of these trees will be easier if at the same time weeding food crops.

It is UPA’s hope that this project will become a demonstration project for Bukomero in future and will become a distribution centre for tree seedlings for the community.

Project Objectives
  • To promote environment conservation through tree planting
  • To promote agro forestry through intercropping commercial trees with food crops
  • To promote the use of organic manure for improved agriculture and increased production.
Activities Environment Conservation

  • Planting 1 acre of different species of trees
  • Preparation of 2 tree nursery beds
  • Tree potting
  • Raising of tree Nursery shades

Agriculture

  • Making composite manure pits
  • Carrying organic manure to plants/gardens
  • Planting food crops and vegetables in the trees
  • Weeding
Cultural and educational visits
  • Visit Katera historical stones
  • climb Katera Hill
  • Bukomero local market twice a month on Tuesdays is also an experience.

Note:

Cultural Nights will be organised on different days for the different countries represented at the work camp. Please carry along anything that can introduce your culture.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • 1000 trees will be planted
  • 2000 tree seedlings potted
  • 2 Nursery beds constructed
  • 2 acres of food crops planted
  • 2 manure composite pits prepared.
Beneficiaries
  • UPA members
  • International work camp participants
  • Local community
  • Local volunteers
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA members and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in the facility of UPA Youth Centre on the project.
  •  Participants will be required to carry own sleeping bags and mats
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp site has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
Health Services There is a Health Centre at Bukomero 5Km away. Kiboga main referral hospital is located only 25km on Kampala- Hoima road. In case of serious cases it is 1 ½ hrs drive from Bukomero to Kampala for main hospitals.
Water Source Participants use a bicycle and wheel barrows to collect water from a borehole 3kms away or collect water from nearby wells around the project.
Climate /weather May is already 2months inside the start of the first rains. It is usually wet and muddy at Kakunyu. It is advisable to bring gum boots for easy walking through the mud.  The temperatures are warm between 15 – 25 degrees centigrade and the evenings are at times a bit chilly. Rain is frequent.
What to bring Bringing Sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/replants, working gloves and boots/shoes is advisable. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries}; National flag, common art facts of your country; Meals/local you may wish to prepare to be shared among the participants during the cultural nights from your country and above all a happy and positive attitude.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

 

 

Project Title International workcamp on Construction of New UPA Office and Library –Phase IV
Project Dates 4th – 24th June 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/003/12
Project Host UPA Central Branch.
Project Theme Improving staff working environment and volunteers living conditions.
Project Location Ocheng Village, Nansana Town council is 12kilometers North-West of Kampala the capital of Uganda, in Wakiso District in central region of Uganda.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers’ Association has her head office and guest house located in Ocheng village, Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District at 12 kilometres on Hoima Road North – west of Kampala.

The current structure hosts UPA head office and a guest house for only 15 volunteers. For a while UPA has had to rent outside for hosting local volunteers and major UPA meetings. Also the organisation used to have only two staff members. Recently, the number of volunteers and staff has doubled and hence the need to expand the guest house and office. It is for this reason that UPA held work camps in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in efforts to increase space for the volunteers’ accommodation and office space. The new building is now at plastering stage. 2012 will also have a workcamp to continue with construction of the new office block with a library. On completion of the office block, there will be more space for the volunteers as the current office and library will be turned into volunteers’ sleeping rooms.

Project Objectives §  To expand on space for international volunteers living in the guest house.

§  To provide convenient space for holding in-country orientations and other UPA meetings.

§  To provide space for accommodating local volunteers

§  To provide a conducive living environment for the volunteers

§  To improve on the working environment for UPA Staff.

§  To provide reading space for volunteers, UPA members and the community in Nansana.

Activities
  • Mixing sand and cement
  • Collecting mortar and water
  • Plastering
  • Brick laying
Cultural and educational visits
  • There will be a group visit to Wamala tombs a cultural heritage site for burial of some Buganda Kings

Note:

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

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • The new office block with Library will be plastered
  • A wall fence constructed around the guesthouse.
  • Current office and library shall be reconstructed into sleeping rooms for volunteers
Beneficiaries
  • UPA staff members
  • International work camp participants
  • Medium and Long term volunteers
  • Local volunteers
  • Nansana community
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA members, medium and long term volunteers in the country and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in the UPA hall at the office.
  •  Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp site has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
Health Services Nansana has several medical clinics at distance of less than a kilo meter and the main hospitals are situated in a radius of 12Kilometres in Kampala
Water Source Participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby spring well only about 600 metres away.
Climate /weather Although the country continues to face a changing weather pattern due to global warming. The month is characterized with a mixture of Rain and sunshine. It  can therefore be hot and dusty with temperatures ranging between 24 – 30 degrees Centigrade on average or even more but some days maybe extremely wet although still warm.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Title International workcamp on Construction of Medical Workers’ and UPA Medium Term Volunteers’ Quarters for Kikooba UPA Branch   – Phase III.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Project Date 2nd  – 22nd July 2012
Duration 3 weeks
Project Code UPA/004/12
Project Host Kikooba UPA Branch
Project Theme Better Health for All.
Project Location The project is situated in Kikooba village, 2km from Kituuma town at 74 km on Kampala – Hoima road North west of Kampala City.

The project is located in Kiboga District boarded by Nakaseke District in the northeast, Masindi in the northwest, Hoima in the west, Mubende district in the south and Kibale district in the south west.

Project background Kikooba is one of the oldest branches of Uganda Pioneers Association started in 1990 with a majority membership of old women and men. This is one of the interesting UPA projects that has highly motivated old women and men joining a workcamp project. UPA has since built a health Centre to help the community access first aid, immunisation and other basic health services to the community from a nearby Health Centre. This health centre is completed. Despite completion of this centre, the community still can not utilise the centre because they lack an accommodation facility for the health worker for the government to allocate them drugs and a health worker.

Besides, UPA has tried to recruit and place Medium Term volunteer to help at the school and Health centre, but the efforts of the volunteers have often been let down by the absence of a decent accommodation for the volunteers.

It hurts that the local community still have to both walk more than 10 km to the nearest health unit and miss the support of the volunteers because of lack of this accommodation facility. It is for this reason that we plan to host another workcamp to complete three room to accommodate the health worker and UPA Medium Term Volunteers. The workcamp project participants will also engage in construction of a house to host the health worker and Medium Term volunteers.

Project objectives
  • To construct a health worker’s and Medium term volunteers’ quarters at  Kikooba UPA Branch
Activities
  • Brick laying
  • Mixing sand and cement

§  Collecting bricks, mortar and water.

§  Roofing & plastering

Cultural and Educational Visits Climbing Kikooba hill will also be an interesting activity. A local market is also on Tuesday at Bukomero every two weeks.

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • Quarters for the health worker and volunteers will be roofed & plastered and shutters put in place.
Beneficiaries
  • Kikooba UPA members

§  Kikooba community members

§  Medium Term volunteers to Kikooba branch

Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activitity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Any volunteer above age of 18 years.
  • One who has a positive attitude towards volunteering.
  • Willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.
  • Ability to adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
  • Willing to taste a variety of local food and urban accomodation

Note:

  • Participants with special expertise like architectures, mansions have an added advantage but not mandatory.
The host community The project location is in a predominently Buganda women population, speaking Luganda with a very little number with limited English knowledge.  Most of the interaction shall be with these women. They are active women with a zeal to work for their project. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA branch members and those from the community
Accommodation
  • The project will provide simple rooms in school classrooms or the health centre building. Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp site has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types of green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
Health services Bukomero Health Centre IV located 10 km away is the nearest medical facility. It can only provide basic health services. Kiboga referral hospital is also located 25kms on Kampala – Hoima road. For major health issues participants shall have to be moved to Kampala main hospitals. The journey takes 1-1 ½ hours
Water source There is a borehaloe a few metres away from the project site.In case of breakdown then getting water shall be challanging and participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby well only about 600 – 700 metres away..
Climate July is hot and sunny, temperatures are high ranging between 25 to 30 degrees celsius.
What to bring? Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Ø  Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International Renovation workcamp in Jonum County
Project Dates 2nd  – 22nd   July 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/005/12
Project Host UPA Pakwach Branch
Project Theme “Improving on the reading culture in Jonum County”
Project Location The work camp will take place at UPA Pakwach branch, “ABONGO WOMEN’S GROUP PREMISES, Kamana Zone B”. Pakwach Town Council is in Nebbi District, West Nile region. Pakwach branch is located 420 km (6-7hrs) drive from Kampala. It is on the banks on river Nile just 1 Km on Kampala – Arua road.
Project Background Pakwach branch officially registered with UPA in 2000 with the aim of helping the youth in Jonam County to participate in community development work.

The branch is located in Jonam County, Nebbi District, North Western Uganda. Jonam County is a semi arid area with very unfavourable conditions for basic agriculture. The community mainly live on the scarce natural resources that are strained hence rampant environment degradation.  Food supplies are dependent on imports from neighbouring districts.

The Branch has since operated a community library hosted in the premises of Abong Women’s Group. Because of the achievements cultivated through the good relationship between UPA Pakwach Branch and Pakwach Town Council administration, the town Council has offered the branch premises that formerly belonged to the Ministry of Fisheries at their disposal to be renovated to host UPA Pakwach branch offices , the community library and youth centre.

Given this opportunity UPA has decided to offer UPA Pakwach branch an International workcamp to renovate these buildings.

On the other hand UPA Pakwach branch is still committed to continue with the work of addressing HIV/AIDS challenges through sensitisation.

Situated on the business transit route to Southern Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); heavy drinking in youths, prostitution; etc continue to expose this community to a high HIV/AIDS infection rate

Therefore the branch plans to continue with her sensitisation efforts on the dangers of HIV/AIDS using forum theatre in this international workcamp.

Project Objectives §  To renovate the offered premises for the office, community library and youth centre.
Activities Brick laying

Collecting and mixing sand

Painting and other mansionary renovation work

Cultural and educational visits Visit historical sites i.e Wanglei Puvumgu and Emin Pasha’s Tomb (WADELAI),

Visit landing site villages on shores of River Nile.

NOTE

There are other available opportunities to visit tourist places like Muchsion falls and the National Park, Hot and cool Amor pii (Panyimur), Nyangak falls, Aguu Hill all in PAIDHA). Lendu forests (Zeu Sub County) for those who can pay for them selves.

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • UPA Pakwach branch office and Library shall be renovated.
Beneficiaries
  • work camp participants and UPA Pakwach branch members
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activitity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • One with Positive attitude, willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.
  • National and international volunteers
  • Ability to Adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
  • Willing to taste a variety of local foods and rural accommodation

Note:

No special or particular expertise/skills required.

The Host Community  The project is situated at Lubiri A zone 100 m from Pakwach Town Council office.

The workcamp shall be hosted by community members of UPA Pakwach branch and affiliated groups. The project is in a predominantly Alur population speaking Alur language with a good number fluent in English.

The workcamp shall draw participants from the local community volunteers from Uganda Pioneers’ Association and volunteers from the international community.

 

Accommodation

The accommodation shall be provided within Abongo Women’s’ Group premises. Participants shall be required to carry along own working cloth, boots, sleeping mats, bags and mosquito nets.

The camp site have simple bathrooms with no showers

The camp sites have latrines not toilets

And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)

Meals Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from. Dried cassava, millet and fish is the most common food.
Health Services Pakwach Health Centre IV is only ½ km away from the site and there are other private health services, while Nebbi main hospital is about 50 km away from the site on Arua road.
Water Source The project site has easy access to a water tap, a bore hole and a river source.
Climate /weather Uganda currently faces a very changing weather. During the period of the workcamp in July will be hot and sunny with temperatures ranging between 25 – 30 degrees centigrade. Carrying gum boots (big shoes), a rain coat or umbrella is recommendable.
What to bring Bringing Sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/replants, working gloves and boots/shoes is advisable. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries}; National flag, common art facts of your country; Meals/local you may wish to prepare to be shared among the participants during the cultural nights from your country and above all A happy and positive attitude.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International work camp on Cultural Revival and construction of UPA Gulu Branch Office.
Date 24th July – 14th August 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/006/12
Project Host UPA Gulu Branch
Project Theme “Promoting Global solidarity for peace and development.”
Project Location It is 3-4 hours drive from Kampala. Gulu is located 333km in the northern part of the country,
Project Background UPA Gulu branch works with communities in Northern Uganda who are emerging from over two decades of a devastating armed conflict. The communities are returning to their place of origin from the Internally Displaced Persons camps (IDP) camps. The conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government had severe impact on the cultural fabric and intercultural relations among the people of Uganda and has now drawn even international community into the fora, the LRA have exported the conflict that now has engulfed the entire great lakes region of Africa. Gulu Branch collaborates with various institutions in the area like World Vision, Action Aid Gulu and many others to assist the youth affected by the war.

Through the work camp, Gulu Branch intends to promote intercultural understanding to reduce cultural stereotype and promote tolerance and feeding into the efforts of building a national consensus to promote national cohesion and promoting peace building among local communities and communities returning from IDP camps, and begin the rehabilitation of a cultural youth centre.

Project Objectives
  • To involve youth in community service through volunteer work.
  • To promote intercultural exchange to create mutual understanding among the Participants  
  • To plan and begin the construction of Gulu branch office.
Activities
  • Seminar on culture & peace building, culture & security, culture & economic development, Culture and environment, Culture and health, Cultural as economic capital.
  • Orientation Visit at the Acholi paramount chief’s palace
  • Offering voluntary work at Ker Kal Kwaro Cultural Centre
  • Construction of Gulu office, brick laying
  • A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home cultures.

Wang oo Bony fire with elders giving key note address on host community culture.

Cultural and educational visits
  • Former internally displaced people’s camps and resettlement sites.
  • Visiting fort Baker and former slave trade route and collection centres
  • Participate in cultural events.
  • A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.
  • Visiting various recreation centre and places of interest in and around Gulu.

Note:

There are possibilities for visiting other places like Kabalega Hide out during the British invasion in the late 18th century but at the volunteers cost/

 

Expected Outcome
  • That the vision of voluntary work is spread in the local community and among the youth.
  • Participants acquire positive values about Uganda’s diverse cultural heritage.
  • A visits to cultural sites in Acholi sub Region..
  • Workshop and seminars on culture and   diversity, security, environment and economic.
  • Construction of office space started.
Beneficiaries UPA Gulu branch members, international volunteers and communities of returned refugees in Gulu.
Participation 20 local and international participants are expected from UPA branches countrywide other well-wishers may attend with prior arrangement.

Participants are expected to work for 5 hours a day on the different activities and have Games, sports, Music, Drama and group discussions in the afternoon. On some days, external resource persons shall be invited to conduct formal training in conflict mitigation and cultural understanding.

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualifies to participate §  One with Positive attitude, willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.

§  National and international volunteers

§  Ability to Adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.

§  Willing to taste a variety of local foods and rural accommodation

Note:

No special or particular expertise/skills required. However one with skills in peace building stands a bigger chance,

 

The Host Community The project location is in a predominantly Acholi population speaking Luo with a good number fluent in English.
 

Accommodation

The project will provide simple rooms with closed doors and windows.
Meals Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from

 

Health Services Gulu independent Hospital is 1 1/2km, Gulu Health Centre is 1 km away from the camp site, while Lacor main Hospital is 12km away. A number of privately run clinics are also available in Gulu town.
Water Source The water is accessible and clean; the borehole is 100 meters away from the project while tap water is also available in the area
Climate /weather During the period of the camp the temperatures will be ranging between 20ċ to 30ċ. It will be sunny with a few intervals of rain.
What to bring Bringing Sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/replants, working gloves and boots/shoes is advisable. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries}; National flag, common art facts of your country; Meals/local you may wish to prepare to be shared among the participants during the cultural nights from your country and above all A happy and positive attitude.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title  International advocacy workcamp for increased male involvement in Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), Mother and child Health (MCH) and Antenatal service – as a positive strategy for prevention of HIV/AIDS infection in children.
Project Dates 24th July –   14th August 2012
Duration 3 weeks
Project Code UPA/007/12
Project Host UPA-Arua Branch
Project Theme “Promoting positive attitudes of Male involvement in PMTCT, MCH, antenatal Service uptake towards HIV/AIDS free children by 2015”
Project Location Located in North West Uganda (West Nile Region) Arua District is bordered by Southern Sudan, Maracha District in the North, Nebbi District in the South, Amuru District in the East and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West. The work camp site will be at the branch office.

Sessions to the public will be conducted in schools, churches, and Community collection points in Driwala Parish 3km from Work Camp Site.

Project Background Initiated by the Youth of Uganda Pioneers’ Association Arua Branch to build a sense of confidence and hope in HIV positive pregnant Mothers at child birth and their partners towards generation of a free HIV children in Arua District, Uganda and the whole world.

Arua District has four (4) Counties, one (1) Municipal and eighteen (18) sub-counties including two (2) divisions in the urban council. 119 parishes (LC IIs), 938 Villages (LC I) with a projected total population of approximately 477,500 people.

The National behavioural 2005 survey has a prevalence rate of 2.3% within North west Nile meaning 12,000 people are living with HIV 2007/2008 PMTCT data source says 40% of pregnant mothers tested positive puts the sero HIV prevalence rate at 2.7%

AIC date 2008 reported HIV positive sero prevalence rate of 49% among children and 11% of those who accessed HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) in 2007/2008 were positive.

UPA Arua Branch carried out voluntary counselling and testing for the community of Driwala parish in 2010 and 2011.

2010 cumulative total of 262 people were tested female 129, male 133 children were 88 one male adult tested positive while one male and one female children tested positive.

2011 a total of 143 tested, female 86 male 57 children were 43 all tested negative.

Thus this means there is high need for positive prevention interventions using the key thematic areas that includes PMTCT, Abstain, Be faithful and Condomise (ABCS’), HIV exposed child service rollout.

It is often that men threaten to kill their wives when they are tested positive while at antenatal service uptake. Many men fear to access sexual reproductive health and believe that its women who bring HIV at home.

Besides, most of the policies formulated mainly focus on empowering women than men because polygamy issues severely affect the wives.

Project Objectives
  • To sensitise and encourage men to be engaged in PMTC, MCH and antenatal services in HIV/AIDS prevention and care
Activities
  • Radio talk shows about low male involvement in PMTCT, MCH and antenatal service uptake
  • Conduct community dialogues to mobilize, sensitize and build confidence in males to be involved right from parish level.
  • Hold sub-county stakeholders meetings to engage them into male involvement responses at sub-county level
  • Hold district stakeholders information sharing Platform to formulate policies implement and monitoring.
  • Conduct open debates on ending domestic violence where every man thinks it is women who bring HIV in homes.
  • Print IEC materials for easy information dissemination and community easy understanding of the message in English and local language.
  • Support to health centres (Youth Health Information Centre) to rollout the service.
  • Voluntary counselling and testing sessions for pupils of Orphans nursery and Primary School and the caregivers.
  • Testimony by 3 pregnant positive mothers and provide (3) mama kits, 3 men (1 who goes and 2 who do not go for PMTCT service uptake) and provide (3) basins for bathing.
  • Home visits
Cultural and Educational visits
  • Visit pregnant Mothers at Maternity ward -Arua Hospital

Note:

There possibilities to visit  Mt. Wati the highest in West Nile and the National Game Park , but at the cost of interested individuals

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected outcome
  • Children born free of HIV by 2015.
  • Increased male involvement in PMTCT, MCH, and Antenatal service uptake.
  • Male and couple disclosure of their HIV status.
  • Few pregnant mothers receive mama kits.
  • Platform meetings held.
  • Information disseminated to the rural community about male involvement.
  • Dialogues for information sharing held.
  • Domestic violence reduced.
  • Information, Education and communication (IEC) materials produced for easy understanding and facilitation.
  • Voluntary counselling and testing done to determine children and caregivers HIV status.
  • Testimonies and open debates held.
  • Support to health centre to rollout male involvement services.
Beneficiaries
  • Driwala male community.
  • Driwala positive pregnant mothers.
  • Child born on date of visit to Maternity ward
  • Community opinion leaders and the local authority.
  • UPA members
  • International participants
Participation
  • The project expects utmost 15 both international and local participants from different parts of the country.
  • Participants will work for 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded need to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share experience and findings to meet expectations.
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life condition
  • Ready to participate in its fullness and accomplishment.
  • Lovers of; children, pregnant mothers and caregivers.
  • Both experienced and none experienced needed.
The Host Community
  • The people in North West Uganda (West Nile Region) are multi tribal with majority population being Lugbara and the common language is lugbara. Most of them are slow English speakers. Luo, Aringa and some few Luganda is spoken around the camp site.
  • Thus communities are good and always welcome visitors willing and interested to work and talk with people from different cultural background.
  • Mostly you will interact with UPA volunteers at the project site and community members at the activity sites.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation will be at UPA Arua Branch camp site.
  • Participants will be required to carry a long their own sleeping bags and mats.
  • The camp site has temporary local bath room with no showers.
  • The camp site has latrines no toilets and simple cooking shelter.
Meals
  • Several local foods available to choose are motake, cassava, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, yams, pumpkins water melon, rice spaghetti, meat fish, ground nuts and many different types of green vegetable.
  • Fruits got at the local markets are mangoes, sweet bananas, avocadoes, guavas organs, jackfruit,
  • Participants will choose food to prepare depending on availability.
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood
Health Service
  • Arua Regional Referral Hospital is in a few kilometres away and in case of a serious case. For more serious cases Mulago Hospital 6 hours drive to Kampala in a car and 8 hours in a bus.
  • Star clinic and Allah Karim drug shop are the nearest health facilities at Awindiri Trading centre, 1Km from camp site.
Water source
  • Participants use Jerican for fetching water from near by protected springs. They either carry on their head or lift using hand to camp site or buy tape water from neighbours.
Climate/Weather
  • July – August is a rainy season occasionally wet and cold. Sometimes chilly /cold especially when it pours in Congo.
What to bring
  • Bring sleeping bag, mats, pillows, mosquito net, sun mosquito cream/repellents, working gloves boots/shoes are advisable.
  • Light working clothes during working hours and warm log sleeved clothes at night as it may turn out to be chilly or cold.
  • Musical instrument, torch or flash light.
  • Water purifiers.
  • Personal effects i.e. soap tooth paste toiletries.
  • National flag; common art facts of your county.
  • Meals you may wish to prepare local food to be shared among participants during the cultural nights from you country and above all a happy and positive attitude.

NB.

  • Very short (Hot pants) skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female
  • Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life imprison sentence
Project Title REGIONAL  CARAVAN  WORKCAMP ON HIV/AIDS SENSITISATION AND CARE- Youth Action against HIV/AIDS
Project Dates Uganda: 16th – 23rd  August 2012 (Including Arrival day)

Kenya: 24th August – 2nd September 2012 (Including travel days)

Tanzania: 3rd – 12th September 2012  (Including travel days)

Duration 4 Weeks
Project Code UPA/008/12 (Please note that the project shall be coded differently in each country but remains the same project)
Project Hosts UPA (Uganda), KVDA (Kenya) and UVIKIUTA (Tanzania)
Project Theme “ Promoting Responsible attitudes for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care”
Project Location In Uganda the work camp will take place at UPA Pakwach branch, “ABONGO WOMEN’S GROUP PREMISES, Kamana Zone B”. Pakwach Town Council is in Nebbi District, West Nile region. Pakwach branch is located 420 km (6-7hrs) drive from Kampala. It is on the banks on river Nile just 1 Km on Kampala – Arua road.

In Kenya, KVDA will host the project in Emukhuya Primary school in collaboration with Kipepeo Community Empowerment Program (KCEP) which is located in Emuhaya District of Vihiga County in the Western Kenya Region. It is located on the main highway joining Kenya and Uganda Via Busia. The are is approximately two hour’s drive from the Busia Boarder town

In Tanzania, UVIKIUTA will host the project in Mwika community in Partnership with Local Women groups and Faith based organisations dealing with HIV/AIDS in the community. Mwika is located in Moshi District on the sloops of Mount Kilimanjaro about 30km from Moshi town which is the Capital of the Region. However Mwika is very close to Marangu which is a popular station since it the main point of starting Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa. From Moshi town, you will need to board a bus direction to Mwika along Moshi-Rombo Road.

Project Background For more than 20 years of the scourge, HIV/AIDS has left a scar on almost all families in the Sub Saharan countries. Despite all the efforts to fight the disease, it each day continues to spread claiming mostly lives of the youth. Today as leaders continue to forge strategies for the integration of East African Countries through the East African Community, the need for the civil society to play their part too is inevitable.  It is for this reason therefore that Uganda Pioneers Association (Uganda), UVIKIUTA (Tanzania), Kenya Voluntary Development Association (Kenya) and ABSV (Burundi) under the initiative of Eastern Africa Workcamps Association have chosen to organise the first ever regional International workcamp on HIV/AIDS.

In 2005 Eastern Africa Workcamps Association (EAWA) in conjunction with CCIVS and with support from UNESCO organised a similar international workcamp in Uganda that resulted in publishing a toolkit, “ACT, LEARN and TEACH: Theatre, HIV and Aids Toolkit for Youth in Africa.

This pilot caravan camp is therefore intended to use this Tool Kit to scale up the sensitisation efforts by use of Forum theatre and stimulate the earlier engagement of the youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS, share good practices and create a collective strategy to fight the disease. Aware that all East African countries are addressing the challenge of HIV/AIDS through different approaches, the current infection rates of 7% in Uganda, 6.3% in Kenya, and 7.4% in Tanzania, still justify an enormous need for joint action and or the need to re-visit or re-design these approaches.

Participation in this pilot caravan camp shall be open to youths from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda while the activities of this pilot project shall take place in the 3 traditional East African countries including Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

In Uganda UPA has chosen to host this pilot project in Pakwach branch, located in Jonam County, Nebbi District, and North Western Uganda. Jonam County is a semi arid area with very unfavourable conditions for basic agriculture. The community mainly live on the scarce natural resources that are strained hence rampant environment degradation.  Food supplies are dependent on imports from neighbouring districts.

Situated on the business transit route to Southern Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pakwach town is exposed to a high HIV/AIDS infection rate due to the traffic and people who stop by for a night (s) on their way to their destinations. Heavy drinking and unemployment is high in the youths as a result many have been sexually abused over the influence of alcohol or lured into commercial sex, prostitution and immorality ending up contracting HIV/AIDS.UPA Pakwach branch has been for a while been engaged in initiatives that address the HIV/AIDS challenge and is committed to designing new methods.

In Kenya, KVDA will host the project in Emukhuya Primary school in collaboration with Kipepeo Community Empowerment Program (KCEP) which is located in Emuhaya District of Vihiga County in the Western Kenya Region. Vihiga county and an area that receives an average amount of rainfall and most of the population are small scale farmers engaged in farming activities and livestock rearing.

Over the years more pressure has been put on the land resources in the area and due to the increase of population and continued subdivisions of the land the agricultural space has reduced with time. The increase in population has come with an increase in the number of young people especially the youth who at times are not fully engaged in meaningful development activities hence there engagement in drug abuse, increased crime levels and thus involvement in unsafe sex thus the rise of HIV/AIDS infections in the region. Another factor that has contributed to this is the fact that many young people have not had a clear access to information on how well they can live hence the need to offer information that is aimed at enhancing behavioural change among the youth as well as the school going children. The area being in the proximity of the main highway joining Kenya and Uganda and also the proximity to two main trading centres that is Kisumu and Luanda, the youth are thus exposed to a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection.

The high rate of unemployment the increase use and abuse of substances and alcoholism are among the factors that young people in this region can be identified with. As a result due to fact that they need to earn an income some of the young people have been sexually abused, hence bearing the consequences of such actions.

Emukhuya Primary School is a community initiated school after a lot of challenges were realized across the board it is located in the African continent, in Kenya, western part, Vihiga county, Emuhaya constituency. The school is located along the equator line. The initiation of Emukhuya Primary School was brought about to help the community address the following challenges:

  • Provision of education and welfare services to orphans, children with special needs and vulnerable children from poor background.
  • Children walking long distances to access education very far away from home.
  • Poor health care services.
  • Illiteracy.
  • High poverty rate leading to school dropouts.
  • Early marriages and child labour.
  • Increase in HIV infections

Kipepeo Community Empowerment Program is a community Based Organization initiated in October 2009 to help spearhead community driven development initiatives and enable needy community groups participate in integrated development to achieve quality livelihood from; orphanage and rehabilitation of street children’s, support vulnerable children, voluntary work to various community projects, Community Savings and loaning , HIV/AIDS trainings & awareness Campaigns, Capacity Building, Organic Farming, Fish Farming, Clay Works, Computer Services and Eco-Tourism and Environmental Management.

The program is also designed to respond to Emuhaya youths’ needs and assets; the KCEP Project aims to empower youth to make sound career and life decisions as they transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. The project is also building the capacity of local institutions and networks to sustain the much-needed services that KCEP will provide. Specifically, the KCEP Project intends to offers youth a series of inter-connected interventions to: build skills, facilitate appropriate career choices, provide employment and/or income generating opportunities, bridge technical and university education opportunities and provide fun and safe spaces.

KVDA has over the past years been engaged in activities aimed at informing the local population especially the youth on issues related to HIV/AIDS and thus bringing in like-minded local groups that are ready to champion the welfare of the local community and thus enhance the process of behavioural change among the young population.

In Tanzania, UVIKIUTA has chose Mwika community in Kilimanjaro Region to be host the project. Mwika is one of those community affected by on going development in Tanzania. Recently they have witnessed launching on construction of big highway connecting the Region with Kenya, Establishment of University in the areas. All these activities have attracted people from various regions of the country and outside Tanzania to come here to work or study. The culture and traditions of the people in the area has been challenged positively and negatively.

Population increase, cultural diversity and improvement of some social services including information technology is for sure a positive thing but can also contribute to issues like more HIV/AIDS. No scientific research or survey is available now but we think the population here needs education on HIV/AIDS more than ever and to be readily equipped with potential skills to manage the diversity and concentrate more on the positive impacts of this development.

Project Objectives
  • To equip 25 local (3 from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi respectively) and International youth with skills in Forum theatre for mobilisation and sensitisation on HIV/AIDS
  • To mobilise and sensitise 10,000 people in Eastern Africa on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
  • To advocate for youth friendly approaches in handling HIV/AIDS through Forum theatre
  • To popularise the ACT, LEARN and TEACH UNESCO Theatre, HIV and Aids Toolkit for Youth in Africa.
  • Increase level of awareness of HIV/AIDS effects in youth in the region
Activities
  • Open discussions and debates
  • Holding workshops on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care.
  • Lectures on HIV/AIDS counselling and care for parents/children
  • Visit Post AIDS clubs
  • Performing forum theatre on HIV/AIDS prevention and care
  • Radio talk shows
  • Public dialogues
Expected outcome
  • One workshop conducted on HIV/AIDS prevention testing and counselling in each of the host countries.
  • One public dialogue conducted in each of the host countries
  • 2 theatre presentation outreaches conducted in each of the host countries
  • One radio/Television talk show conducted in each of the host countries
  • One HIV/AIDS Testing and Counselling conducted in each host country.
Cultural and educational visits In Uganda

  • Visit local communities in the fishing villages
  • Visit to hospitals where HIV/AIDS testing is done and POST AIDS clubs
  • Visit to Primary and Secondary schools for forum theatre presentations
  • Visit historical sites i.e Wanglei Puvumgu and Emin Pasha’s Tomb (WADELAI),

NOTE:

There are other available opportunities to visit tourist places like Muchsion falls, Hot and cool Amor pii (Panyimur), Nyangak falls, Aguu Hill all in PAIDHA). Lendu forests (Zeu Sub County) but will require people who can pay for them selves.

In Kenya

Engagement in jigger eradication programmes and educating the students on the need of basic hygiene both at school level and in their respective homes

Visit to the social services department offices in the Luanda municipality where the participants will be able to be informed on the role the department is playing in enhancing information transfer especially to the young people.

Visit street children in Luanda town and get a practical encounter with factors affecting the youth in the area

Visit to the local administrative offices to get and understand their commitment in assisting the local young people in becoming important players in the process of community development initiatives.

Visit to Emuhaya District hospital where HIV/AIDS testing is done and also be able to get the statistics of the effect of the scourge in the region

Visit to local schools and groups for presentation on HIV/AIDS and behavioural change

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Hiking in the local hills and having a view of the local community and that of the lake region

There are other options that the participants can be engaged in as visiting the Kakamega Rainforest and also the city of Kisumu.

In Tanzania

Volunteers will participate in the following activities:

  • House to house outreach to distributed information regarding HIV/AIDS
  • Use arts, music and sports in the community to raise awareness
  • Conducting focus group discussions in the community with Youth, Women and Men and raising awareness
  • Visit to Primary, Secondary schools and University for forum theatre presentations
  • Conduct a surveys of the impact of new projects in relations with HIV/AIDS
  • Visiting and working with Women groups that provide care to the people living with HIV/AIDS and Orphans.
  • Organise voluntary counselling and testing event in the community

Volunteers will have an opportunity visit Lake Chala located in the South of the community, Hiking to the forest (Kilimanjaro) and possibly safari to Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro creater.

Note:

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and second highest in the world, would be a possibility for those who can pay for themselves.

Who qualifies to participate?
  • One with Positive attitude, willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.
  • National, regional and international volunteers
  • Willing to take up tasks as peer educators
  • One with ambition to learn about HIV/AIDS and understand how to prevent it Ability to Adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
  • Willing to taste a variety of local foods and rural accommodation
  • Desire to see through cultures in Eastern Africa
  • No expertise/skills required
Health Services In Uganda Pakwach Health Centre IV is only ½ km away from the site and there are other private health services, while Nebbi main Health hospital is about 50 km away from the site on Arua road.

In Kenya, Emuhaya District hospital is approximately 600Km from the project site, other available alternatives include the Equator hospital in Luanda town or likewise more advanced hospitals in Kisumu town which is 50 KM from the project site

In Tanzania volunteers can access medical service at the local health centre located just 1km from the accommodation. However for more serious cases they can visit Marangu Lutheran Hospital (20km) and KCMC referral hospital about 50km away.

The host Community In Uganda, the project is situated at Lubiri A zone 100 m from Pakwach Town Council office. The workcamp shall be hosted by community members of UPA Pakwach branch and affiliated groups. The project is in a predominantly Alur population speaking Alur language with a good number fluent in English.

In Kenya, the project will be hosted by Emukhuya primary school in collaboration with KCEP which is a youth group that is engaged in empowerment programmes mainly involving young people and women in the vast Emuhaya District. The project will also actively involve the local population and other groups that have over the years played a key role in enlightening the youth on issues related to HIV/AIDS and behavioural change. The local population is composed of Banyore speaking people but majority of the people are able to communicate in Kiswahili as well as English.

In Tanzania, the Project will be hosted by Lole-Marera Community in Mwika in collaboration with KIWAKUKI, local women group engaged in HIV/AIDS awareness, home based care and orphanage and vulnerable children care. During the project we will conduct outreach sessions for awareness to students from the local University, Secondary and Primary school, Churches and other community based organisations. Majority of people living in this community are coffee farmers and small scale entrepreneurs. The common languages in this community are Chagga and Kiswahili though quite good number of people can speak English.

Participation We encourage participation of all people world wide. A maximum of 25 participants from different countries. Participants are expected to work 5 hours a day and engage in group discussions. Formal presentations on HIV/AIDS and forum theatre. On some days, external resource persons shall be invited to conduct formal training sessions on the workcamp theme.
Water source In Uganda the project site has a water tap, a bore hole and a river source

In Kenya, the participant will use either rain water and also water from springs which are the source of water for the local population

In Tanzanian project site, volunteer will stay in a place with access to running water in the house and tapes outside the house.

Weather/Climate During the period of the workcamp in Uganda August the temperatures will range between 26 – 30 degrees centigrade. It will also have rain intervals or sunshine. It is occasionally wet in most of the month. Carrying gum boots (bid shoes), a rain coat or umbrella is recommendable.

While in Kenya, during this period the temperatures will range from 22 – 28 degrees centigrade. At times there will be rain intervals but most of the day time will be sunny. Participants are thus advised to come well prepared for either a rainy or sunny season since with the happenings of the past years it is not easy to predict what the weather will be like during this period of time.

And in Tanzania it will be just end of cold season. The temperature is expected to be between 20-25 degrees centigrade though with climate change the weather is never predictable.

Accommodation In Uganda, the accommodation shall be provided within Abongo Women’s’ Group premises. Participants shall be required to carry along own working cloth, boots, sleeping mats, bags and mosquito nets.

In Kenya, the participants will be accommodated in classrooms in the local school. Hence participants are advised to carry sleeping bags, mats, mosquito net, working cloths and personal effects.

In Tanzania volunteers will be accommodated in the local residential houses. Mattress will be laid down on the floor and 4-5 people will share the room. The house will have electricity.

Meals Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Special Notes:

  • The regional Caravan camp shall accept only volunteers willing to join the projects in all three countries
  • The project shall cost 120 Euros per country and the fee will exclude the transport fares between countries. Therefore participants should be ready to pay for their own transport between the countries.
Project Title International Workcamp for construction of Farmers’ and Youth training Centre in Apac
Project Dates 10th September – 1st October 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/009/12
Project Host UPA Apac Branch
Project Theme “Unity in diversity – Youth in Action”

 

Project Location The work camp will take place at Atana Primary School in  Barowelo cell, Atana parish, Apac Sub county – Apac District at 41/2km on  Apac  – Lira road. Apac district is located in Northern Uganda across the Nile. Apac town is about 4 hours drive from Kampala.

The area is rich with fresh air, abundant sunshine, evergreen vegetation. It is accessible by phone, and by main road. The neighbouring villagers are very friendly.

Project Background Over the years UPA Atana Apac branch has hosted both local and international work camps. This has fostered cross cultural exchanges and sharing of views and experiences on development challenges between partners in the northern and southern hemisphere.

The 20-year insurgency in northern Uganda traumatised the rural community and led to increased rate of HIV/AIDS transmission, teenage pregnancies through sexual abuses of young people, especially girls, and poverty in the affected area. As a post war reconstruction and rehabilitation strategy there is need to engage in poverty eradication through sustainable agriculture, value addition and improved marketing. Likewise youth who have been involved in the centre of the conflict as victims and aggressors need to participate in peace building and conflict management for meaningful and sustainable development in this conflict area.

It is therefore important building a farmers’ and youth centre to enable youths the space and opportunity to meet and share information on agriculture and peace building and other relevant topics.

This farmers and youth centre shall also host trainings for young people in different disciplines.

Project Objectives
  • To empower youth to increase their participation in peace building and conflict management in Apac local communities.
  • To increase the level of awareness and accessibility to youth friendly reproductive health services, agriculture and life skills.
  • To increase youth and farming community participation in agro enterprise through improved technology adoption and market-oriented production.
  • Complete the construction of Apac Farmers and Youth training Centre.
Activities
  • Holding workshop on peace building.
  • Making visit to communities affected by conflicts.
  • Conducting advocacy meeting on peace building involving community leaders like clan and local authorities.
  • Performing drama shows and role-plays on peace building
  • Making field visits to farming communities and organisation.
  • Construction of the Farmers and youth centre. E.g. Roofing, levelling, finish etc.
Cultural and educational visits
  • Visit to primary and secondary schools, war affected area agricultural processing plant, commercialised tree nursery bed, working partner and groups.

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome
  • 1 Workshop conducted on peace building mechanism and conflict management.
  • 2 advocacy meetings conducted
  • 2 role plays on peace building conducted
  • That the Youth Centre in Apac is roofed.
Beneficiaries UPA Apac branch members, Atana Apac primary school pupils and Apac community
Participation
  • 15 participants in total including participants from within and International volunteers from out side Uganda

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualify to participate
  • Open minded need to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share experience and findings to meet expectations.
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life condition
  • Ready to participate in its fullness and accomplishment.
    • Both experienced and none experienced needed. National and international volunteers.
    • Youth.
    • Community leaders and elders.
    • Progressive farmers.
    • Social workers.
    • Cultural performers.
Host  Community The wok camp will be hosted by members of UPA Atana, partners and affiliated groups. The community will be involved as audience, entertainers, source of labour and materials.

The community will benefit by acquiring new skills, making friendship and cultural exchanges and sharing developmental experiences at local and international level.

Accommodation Accommodation provision shall be in classrooms at Atana Primary School the site.
Meals Volunteers will divide themselves in groups to prepare own meals in turn using charcoal and firewood. The participants shall decide upon menu depending on availability.
Health Services The nearest health service is at Apac Hospital in Apac town. It is 4.5km from the work camp site and provides general medical care through qualified medical doctors.
Water Source There is safe drinking water source located at about 300m but additional bottle water can be bought from Apac town.
Climate/ Weather By the time of the work camp e.g. September there will be rain and sunshine with average temperature of 30 degrees centigrade.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title Psychosocial support activities with orphans and class room construction at Feature Foundation Nursery School. (FFNS)
Project Dates 10th September – 1st October 2012
Duration 3 Weeks.
Project Code UPA/010/2012.
Project Host Feature Foundation Nursery School – UPA TEREGO BRANCH
Project Theme “Building hope and positive living in HIV/AIDS and disadvantaged orphans and other vulnerable children”.
Project Location The work camp shall take place in Nangulia village, Okavu parish Odupi sub-county, Terego County, Arua District.

UPA  Terego Branch office is 396 miles away from Kampala the capital city of Uganda and  36 miles on Arua – Yumbe/Moyo Road (Odupi Sub – county-Terego county)

Project Background Feature Foundation Nursery School is a project of Terego branch of Uganda Pioneer’s Association. Terego Branch was founded in 2009 and registered under the Arua District community Development Department.

The project is committed to work for the plight of HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children through offering them basic education.

Feature Foundation Nursery School today offers education to 186 children aged 4 -15 years most of them orphans, half orphans, vulnerable children and those  living in families with less incomes.

With HIV/AIDS rate staggering between 6.5 – 7% in the country, the burden of handling its consequences particularly that of orphans remains huge challenge since many orphans continue to live at the misery of their helpless grand parents who often do not provide all for a happy living for a growing child.

Many of these orphans too continue to miss a chance to see the black board even for the first 7 years of primary. The 186 pupils are currently offered lessons in rented premises, a factor that renders them project unsustainable in a long run.

It is on this background that UPA Terego branch and Feature Foundation Nursery School have come together to organise a 3 weeks workcamp to construct own permanent classrooms. The 3 week work camp shall also offer the 186 pupils, teachers and volunteers in a series of psychosocial support activities like games and sports, drawing pictures and painting for interaction on the other hand offer physical work on construction class rooms.

Participants shall also do gardening activities in the school garden where they grow vegetables to supplement the pupils’ diet and improve on their nutrition.

Project Objectives
  1.         i.            To build hope in HIV/AIDS and other disadvantaged orphans.
  2.       ii.            To offer HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children opportunity to interact and share good practices as means to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  3.     iii.            To improve the class rooms environment for the pupils at Feature Foundation Nursery School.
  4.     iv.            To improve on the nutrition and immunity of the pupils hence reducing their vulnerability to preventable diseases.
 

Activities

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

  • Home visits to HIV/AIDS affected families.
  • Interaction with HIV/AIDS orphans through sports, games and theatre.
  • Draw and painting of pictures.
  • Singing and dancing with children.

CONSTRUCTION WORK

  • Digging class room foundation.
  • Mixing sand aggregates and cement.
  • Collecting bricks, motor and water.
  • Gardening activities
Cultural and educational visits
  • Visting a place of an American letters is found by a man called Elia a resident of Imvepi parish, Odupi sub-county (Terego)
  • Climbing mountains Wati and to see the graves of Teregian grand father and mother by names Banyale and Ofunyaru.
  • River Nile and waterfalls visits (Rhino camp and Yikuru).
  • Visiting Ajai Game Reserve (Madi County)
  • Visiting HIV/AIDS affected families.
  • Community health centers where the HIV/AIDS patients are admitted in seven sub-counties.

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • Work on class room will be started on.
  • 186 pupils of Feature Foundation Nursery School including orphans shall be counselled through interaction with the work camp participants.
  • Reduced cases of stigma and discrimination in HIV/AIDS orphans in Odupi sub-county, Terego County, Arua District on the need to understand, intervene, relate and effectively manage the psychological and social dynamics of HIV/AIDS orphans.
Beneficiaries
  • Pupils in schools.
  • HIV/AIDS affected families.
  • Teachers and parents.
  • Work camp participants.
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and international volunteers, participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday – Friday,

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualify to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background.
  • Willing to share his/her experience.
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions.
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods eg Lugbara traditional cooking.
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project.
  • With positive attitude, willing to interact easily
  • Have affection, love and ambition to help HIV/AIDS orphans and affected families.
  • Willing to taste a variety of Lugabara traditional foods and accommodation in grass touched houses either community centre.
  • No expertise/skills requireds.

NOTE:

No special or particular expertise/skills required, however participants with skills in psychosocial support and guidance, interactive games, handling children issues and counselling stands an added advantage.

Host  Community The people found in West Nile Region are multi tribal with the majority population being Lugbara, and the major language spoken is Lugbara with also a big percentage of people speaking English and Kiswahil well.
Accommodation The site has simple rooms with closed doors and windows.
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc

Traditional food is from cassava and maize flour with sim sim paste.

  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability.

Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood.

Health Services Odupi Health Centre 11 is located in a walking distance of about 500 metres away, Omugo Health Centre V is 6 kilometres away while Arua referral Hospital is 36 km away in Arua town.
Water source The project site has access to a clean water bore holes located only two – three hundred meters away from the project, in case of emergency Odupi Health Centre Grade III can provide the camp site with 1000 Litre Tank which harvests rain water.
Climate September is hot but at times may be wet with warm temperatures usually ranging between 22-28 degrees centigrade on average. The possibility of having rain is minimal.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bags, mat, pillow, mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellants/working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold, musical instruments (optional)/ personal effects eg soap, tooth paste, toiletries. Bringing your National Flag, common art factors of your country, stories, games, pictures and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction.

Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your cultures to make it enjoyable above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

  • Very short (hot pants), Skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for females.
  • Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drugs/harsh carries a life prison sentence.
Project Title International workcamp on Renovation and Greening Wamala Cultural Heritage Site
Date 8th  – 28th October 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/011/12
Project Host UPA Central Branch.
Project Theme “Enhancing awareness and popularising of Conservation of Cultural heritage sites  for sustainable development”
Project Location Ocheng Village, Nansana Town council is 12kilometers North-West of Kampala the capital of Uganda, in Wakiso District in central region of Uganda.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers’ Association has for 3 times worked on the renovation and the beautification of Wamala Tombs. In 2011, we supported the site by digging and construction of a new pit latrine to improve the sanitation.

Wamala Tombs is the burial ground for the 29th King of Buganda, the late Ssekabaka Suuna II Kalema Kasinjo Mukaabya Sekkyungwa who reigned from 1832 until October 1856. He is known to have died of small pox.

Set on a hilltop with beautiful surroundings, Wamala tombs is a unique sacred burial ground for Kabaka Suuna II,  the last king of Buganda to be removed his jaw bone after death and to be buried in his own palace.

Although these tombs are only 30 minutes from Kampala, along Kampala – Hoima road, only 2.5 kilometres after a right turn off Hoima road, this 194 old cultural heritage site is however considered a forgotten cultural heritage site in Buganda.

With the fall of the kingdoms in 1967, this and other heritage sites were severely neglected and destroyed. On restoration and crowning of the 36th Buganda King Ronald Edward Fredrick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II on 31st July 1993, the kingdom has done its best to maintain all her cultural heritage sites unfortunately with less success due to the limited resource envelope the kingdom has. As a result Wamala tombs has never been given chance for renovation.

With the torching down of the Kasubi Tombs, the only UNESCO Heritage site in Uganda in 2010, hope to start on renovation of Wamala Tombs even further faded away.

Today the Kingdom and the government are attaching priority to rebuilding the Kasubi Tombs, it is therefore necessary for civil society organisations like UPA to give a hand on the other cultural Heritage sites like Wamala Tombs.

In efforts to join other actors in the campaign for the 2012 World Heritage volunteers (WHV) projects to mark the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, co-organised by the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary service (CCIVS) and World Heritage Centre (WHC) under the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, UPA has chosen to organise a workcamp to engage on renovation activities on the dilapidated roof, walls and fence of the tombs and also work on improving on its sanitation in a move towards “GREENING” these tombs.

On the other hand, the project will engage on a campaign to sensitise and develop appreciation of world heritage values through distributing and circulating printed fliers promoting conservation of this cultural heritage site and conduct Forum theatre Outreaches to popularise the plight of this cultural heritage site to the public.

Project Objectives §  To improve sanitation  around Wamala Tombs

§  Create awareness on the need to conserve and promote cultural heritage

§  To renovate the cultural heritage site

§  To beautify the cultural heritage site perimeter wall.

Activities
  • Slashing, digging, cleaning the heritage site
  • Constructing/digging garbage bins
  • Planting fruit and compound (decoration) trees
  • Plastering the wall fence.
  • Mixing sand and cement
  • Collecting bricks, mortar and water
  • Re-roofing the tombs with temporary canvas and tapoline
Cultural and educational visits
  • Working on this site is a direct opportunity to sees and learn about the history of the site.

Note:

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

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • That sanitation around Wamala Tombs  will improve
  • Reduction of garbage around the tombs
  • Distribute 500 leaflets on cultural heritage values One day public sensitisation on cultural heritage using posters, fliers and theatre presentations.
Beneficiaries
  • UPA staff members
  • International work camp participants
  • Medium and Long term volunteers
  • Local volunteers
  • Nansana and Wamala community
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA members, medium and long term volunteers in the country and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in a UPA hall at the office.
  •  Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability.
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood.
Health Services Nansana has several medical clinics at distance of less than a kilo meter and the main hospitals are situated in a radius of 12Kilometres in Kampala
Water Source Participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby spring well only about 600 metres away.
Climate /weather October is in the middle of the second rain season in Uganda. Although the country continues to face a changing weather pattern due to global warming. The month is characterized with a mixture of Rain and sunshine. It is can therefore be hot and dusty with temperatures ranging between 24 – 30 degrees Centigrade on average or even more but some days maybe extremely wet although still warm.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International Workcamp on Agro forestry and Environment conservation
Date 05th – 25th November 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/012/12
Project Host UPA Demonstration Project
Project Theme “Enhancing youth and civil society involvement in sustainable environment management and conservation for food security.”
Project Location Kakunyu village, Bukomero sub county in Kiboga District. Kiboga District is located in the central part of Uganda boarded by Luweero District in the northeast, Masindi in the northwest, Mubende district in the south and Kibale district in the southwest. Kakunyu lies 85km on Kampala-Hoima road.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers Association owns a 10 acre piece of land at Kakunyu village in Bukomero Sub County on which it has for long tested several projects. Effective 2008, UPA decided to start on a campaign to put more than half of this land under tree cover. Since 2008, several trees have been planted.

Forests are a livelihood to over 1.6 billion people; home for 300 million people and are estimated to account for US $ 327 billion in trade, they provide shelter, source of food, medicine and play a vital role in maintaining a stable global environment.

Millennium Development Goal 7 also clearly requires us to ensure Environmental sustainability. The MDG targets 7 (a) encourages the reverse of loss of environmental resources like trees. In 2012 too UPA shall be committed to address the main challenges of Environmental Sustainability focusing on reversing of alarming distinction of trees as an environmental resource in order to contribute to a sustainable living and reverse the escalating weather challenges.

Food security also remains a concern for UPA and therefore it is planned to intercrop the trees with other food crops. It is expected that the weeding of these trees will be easier if at the same time weeding food crops.

It is UPA’s hope that this project will become a demonstration project for Bukomero in future and will become a distribution centre for tree seedlings for the community.

Project Objectives
  • To promote environment conservation through tree planting
  • To promote agro forestry through intercropping commercial trees with food crops
  • To promote the use of organic manure for improved agriculture and increased production.
Activities Environment Conservation

  • Planting 1 acre of different species of trees
  • Preparation of 2 tree nursery beds
  • Tree potting
  • Raising of tree Nursery shades

Agriculture

  • Making composite manure pits
  • Carrying organic manure to plants/gardens
  • Planting food crops and vegetables in the trees
  • Weeding
Cultural and educational visits
  • Visit Katera historical stones
  • climb Katera Hill
  • Bukomero local market twice a month on Tuesdays is also an experience.

Note:

Cultural Nights will be organised on different days for the different countries represented at the work camp. Please carry along anything that can introduce your culture.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • 1000 trees will be planted
  • 2000 tree seedlings potted
  • 2 Nursery beds constructed
  • 2 acres of food crops planted
  • 2 manure composite pits prepared.
Beneficiaries
  • UPA members
  • International work camp participants
  • Local community
  • Local volunteers
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA members and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in the facility of UPA Youth Centre on the project.
  •  Participants will be required to carry own sleeping bags and mats
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability.
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood.
Health Services There is a Health Centre at Bukomero 5Km away. Kiboga main referral hospital is located only 25km on Kampala- Hoima road. In case of serious cases it is 1 ½ hrs drive from Bukomero to Kampala for main hospitals.
Water Source Participants use a bicycle and wheel barrows to collect water from a borehole 3kms away or collect water from nearby wells around the project.
Climate /weather November is already inside the second rain season in Uganda. It is usually wet and muddy at Kakunyu. Some places almost impassable. It is advisable to bring gum boots for easy walking through the mud.  The temperatures are warm between 25 – 30 degrees centigrade and the evenings are at times a bit chilly. Rain is frequent.
What to bring Bringing Sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/replants, working gloves and boots/shoes is advisable. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries}; National flag, common art facts of your country; Meals/local you may wish to prepare to be shared among the participants during the cultural nights from your country and above all A happy and positive attitude.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International KIDS Extra Curriculum Activities Holiday Workcamp  (Children’s Camp).
Date 29th Nov -20th December 2012
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/013/12
Project Host Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre – Luwero.
Project Theme “Building creativity and innovation in HIV/AIDS and disadvantaged orphans and other vulnerable children”
Project Location The work camp shall take place in Galuwero Zone L.C1 Village, Luwero Town Council, Luwero District. The Project site is located 2km on Ngoma rd, from Luwero, 60km North of Kampala on Kampala – Gulu Road.

Luwero District Is located in the central part of Uganda boarded by Wakiso District in the south, Nakasongola in the north, Nakaseke in the North-west

Project Background Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre (BMTC) is a project of Basajjansolo Community Development Association (BACODA), a community-based organisation founded and registered in 2003 under Ref NO. CD – 312 – 03 of Luwero District Community Development Department. The project is committed to work for the plight of HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children through offering them basic education, life skills and career training. BMTC today offers education to 240 children aged 6 – 14 years most of them orphans, half orphans, vulnerable children and those living with families earning less than 1  US dollar a day.

With the HIV/AIDS rate still staggering between 6.5 – 7% in the Country, the burden of handling its consequences particularly that of orphans remains a huge challenge; many more orphans continue to live at the mercy of their helpless grand parents who often do not provide all for a happy living for a growing child. Faced with this desperate and miserable situation many of these  orphans continue to loose hope thence increasing  their vulnerability to social evils including drug abuse, rape, prostitution, under age marriage, child labour, gambling to mention a few.

December – February is normally the longest holiday for primary pupils, we therefore intend to use this holiday to introduce pupils especially those kids (orphans) that access their education at the mercy of sponsors into productive activities.

The three – week workcamp shall bring together 15 selected orphans from the school aged 7-14 years and 3 teachers in a series of craftsman, life skills and career guidance activities like making products from waste paper (beads), pottery, handcraft, painting, etc mainly for sale to generate income for their scholastic materials.

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

Project Objectives
  • To build hope in HIV/AIDS and other disadvantaged orphans
  • To offer HIV/AIDS, other disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children opportunity to interact and share good practices as means to reduce Stigma and discrimination.

§  To engage pupils in self-sustaining activities

§  To introduce pupils to skills

Activities Craftsmanship activities

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

Psychosocial support activities

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

Life skills training

  • Debates
  • Open discussions
  • Drama and Forum theatre
Cultural and educational visits §  Visit Luwero Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre

  • Home visits to HIV/AIDS affected families
  • Visits to health centre

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • 15 pupils of BMTC including orphans shall be counselled through interaction with the work camp participants
  • Reduced cases of Stigma and discrimination in HIV/AIDS orphans in Luwero Town Council
  • Craft products will be made
  • Paintings made
  • Products from paper beads
  • A fundraising will be done
Beneficiaries
  • Pupils in school
  • HIV/AIDS affected families
  • Teachers
  • work camp participants
Participation The project expects 25 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.

Who qualifies to participate
  • Affection and motivation to work with kids
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • With Positive attitude, willing to interact easily.
  • Ambition to help HIV/AIDS orphans and affected families
  • Willing to taste a variety of local foods and accommodation in a school classroom
  • No expertise/skills required

Note:

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

The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly children, BACODA and UPA members and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in a school classroom.
  • Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability.
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood
Health Services Kasana Health Centre is only 4 KM, while Kiwoko main Hospital is only 12km away.

Where the sickness insists, the project site is located only one and half hours’ drive to the main Hospitals in Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda.

Water Source The Project site has access to a bore hole located only is 250 – 300 meters away from the project. In case of emergency there is piped water if power is available in the vicinity and a 10,000 litre tank which harvests rain water.
Climate /weather November – December is usually wet. It has continuous drizzles that may take long hours of the day. Temperatures between 20 -28 degrees Celsius. Preparing your self with an umbrella and rain coat would be the most wise thing to do.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Ø  Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project title International Special Elderly Workcamp for Construction of Main Hall at Muyonjo senior school.
Project Date 29th November  -20th December 2012
Duration 3 weeks
Project code UPA/014/2012
Project host Muyonjo senior school
Project  theme Empowering students with enough space to conduct different activities.
Project Location Muyonjo Senoir school is located only 1km off Hoima road, in Wakiso Sub county, Wakiso District. It is a 45 minutes drive on Kampala – Hoima road.
Project Background Muyonjo senior school is a secondary school started in 2007. Today the school has an enrolment of 300 students. It owns a piece of land with classes from senior one –six.

The school started on construction of a main hall where students can meet for conferences, debates and other big education conventions for enhancing their academic standards.

Project  Objective
  • To improve on the students meeting conditions.
  • To increase on students space
Activities
  • Fitting the hall with doors and windows
  • Plastering and flooring the hall at Muyonjo.
  • Mixing concrete, sand, cement and building.
Cultural and education visits.
  • Visit wamala cultural heritage site
  • Climb kabulengwa hill
  • Wakiso, kasubi and nansana  local market twice a month each every Wednesday, Sunday,  and Friday respectively.

NB:

Cultural nights will be organized on different days for the different countries represented at the work camp. Please carry along anything that can introduce your culture.

Expected outcomes It’s expected after the work camp.

  • Main Hall will be constructed.
Beneficiaries
  • UPA members
  • Teachers and students of Muyonjo senior school.
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and international volunteer organizations. This is a special camp for elder people 0f 35 and above years that shall be organised in conjunction with VAP UK and LUNARIA Italy.

Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction \ or excursions.

Who qualifies to participate Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background.

Willing to share his\her experiences

Flexible to live\stay in simple life conditions

Flexible to taste other foods(local)

Ready to do heavy manual work on the project

No experience needed

Accommodation
  • Accommodation will be in a school classroom.
  • Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets

 

And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).Accommodation shall be in the school

Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas, and different types of green vegetables.
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets,  mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availabilities
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood
Health services There are may clinics close to the school but in case of a serious case, it’s a 30 – 45 mins drive to Kampala main hospitals.
Water sources Participants use a bicycle and a wheel barrow to collect water for the Well near the school project
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own working gloves and boots\shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night.

Bring your national flag, common art facts  of your  country, stories, games, pictures and local recipes for cultural presentation from your country is advisable too for special interaction.

Please carry along anything that you feel can make well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all don’t forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB.

Very short pants skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is prohibited.

Project Title International workcamp on Construction of  Bethesda International Health Centre IV –Kagoma Branch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Project Date 7th – 27th January 2013
Duration 3 weeks
Project Code UPA/015/13
Project Host Bethesda Project Uganda
Project Theme Better Health for All.
Project Location The project is situated in Kagoma village, 2km from Kibiito town, 322km from Kampala, West of Kampala city.

The project is located in Kabarole District boarded by Kyenjojo District in the north, Kasese district in the south and  Bundibugyo district in the south.

Project background Kagoma is one of the new branches of Bethesda Project Uganda, the branch started in 2011 with a majority membership of old women and men, and school drop outs. This is one of the interesting Bethesda Project that has highly motivated old women and men joining a work camp project.
Project objectives
  • To construct a health centre IV at Kagoma Bethesda Branch
  • To sensitize Kagoma community on primary health care and preventable diseases.
Activities
  • Brick laying
  • Mixing sand and cement

§  Collecting bricks, mortar and water.

Cultural and Educational Visits A local market is also on Thursday at Kibiito every week.

For those who can afford, climbing Mt Rwenzori will also be an interesting activity, visiting the water springs, and queen Elizabeth national game park at own cost.

Expected outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • Work on health centre will begin.
Beneficiaries
  • Kagoma community members

§  Bethesda Project members

§  Workcamp participants

Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activitity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Any volunteer above age of 18 years.
  • One who has a positive attitude towards volunteering.
  • Willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.
  • Ability to adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
  • Willing to taste a variety of local food and urban accomodation

Note:

  • Participants with special expertise like architectures, mansions have an added advantage but not mandatory.
The host community The project location is in a predominently Batoro women population, speaking Lutoro with a very little number with limited English knowledge.  Most of the interaction shall be with these women. They are active women with a zeal to work for their project. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly Bethesda branch members and those from the community
Accommodation
  • The project will provide simple rooms in school classrooms or the health centre building. Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site have simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites have latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, meat, fish, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types of green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
Health services Kagoma Health Centre IV located about 10 km away is the nearest medical facility. It can only provide basic health services. For major health issues participants shall have to be moved to Buhinga hospitals. The journey takes 1 ½ hours
Water source Water is still a big challenge to this community. Participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby well a few metres away.
Climate January is hot and sunny, temperatures are high ranging between 25 to 30 degrees celsius.
What to bring? Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction.

Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Ø  Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International workcamp on Construction of New UPA Office and Library –Final Phase
Project Dates 4th – 24th  February 2013
Duration 3 Weeks
Project Code UPA/016/13
Project Host UPA Central Branch.
Project Theme Improving staff working environment and volunteers living conditions.
Project Location Ocheng Village, Nansana Town council is 12kilometers North-West of Kampala the capital of Uganda, in Wakiso District in central region of Uganda.
Project Background Uganda Pioneers’ Association has her head office and guest house located in Ocheng village, Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District at 12 kilometres on Hoima Road North – west of Kampala.

The current structure hosts UPA head office and a guest house for only 15 volunteers. For a while UPA has had to rent outside for hosting local volunteers and major UPA meetings. Also the organisation used to have only two staff members. Recently, the number of volunteers and staff has doubled and hence the need to expand the guest house and office. It is for this reason that UPA held work camps in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in efforts to increase space for the volunteers’ accommodation and office space. The new building is now at plastering stage. 2012 will also have a workcamp to continue with construction of the new office block with a library. On completion of the office block, there will be more space for the volunteers as the current office and library will be turned into volunteers’ sleeping rooms.

Project Objectives §  To expand on space for international volunteers living in the guest house.

§  To provide convenient space for holding in-country orientations and other UPA meetings.

§  To provide space for accommodating local volunteers

§  To provide a conducive living environment for the volunteers

§  To improve on the working environment for UPA Staff.

§  To provide reading space for volunteers, UPA members and the community in Nansana.

Activities
  • Mixing sand and cement
  • Collecting mortar and water
  • Plastering
  • Painting and fittings
Cultural and educational visits
  • There will be a group visit to Wamala tombs a cultural heritage site for burial of some Buganda Kings

Note:

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

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected Outcome It is expected after the work camp:

  • The new office block with Library will be plastered
  • A wall fence constructed around the guesthouse.
  • Current office and library shall be reconstructed into sleeping rooms for volunteers
Beneficiaries
  • UPA staff members
  • International work camp participants
  • Medium and Long term volunteers
  • Local volunteers
  • Nansana community
Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
  • Willing to share his/her experiences
  • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions
  • Flexible to the taste of other foods (local)
  • Ready to do heavy manual work on the project
  • No experience needed
The Host Community The people found in central Uganda are multi tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly UPA members, medium and long term volunteers in the country and those from the community.

 

Accommodation

  • Accommodation will be in the UPA hall at the office.
  •  Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp site has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen).
Meals
  • There are several local foods to choose from e.g. matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables
  • Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets, mangoes, sweet bananas, water melon, pineapples etc
  • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
Health Services Nansana has several medical clinics at distance of less than a kilo meter and the main hospitals are situated in a radius of 12Kilometres in Kampala
Water Source Participants shall be required to collect water from the nearby spring well only about 600 metres away.
Climate /weather February is in thedry season, volunteers should therefore expect sunshine. It can therefore be hot and dusty with temperatures ranging between 24 – 30 degrees Centigrade on average or even more.
What to bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Project Title International workcamp on Orphans’ care and support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Project Date 4th  – 24th March 2013
Duration 3 weeks
Project Code UPA/017/13
Project Host Branches of Life International
Project Theme Building hope in Orphans through support and care.
Project Location Branches of Life International is located in Kampala district. The project is situated in Lubaga division, Lubya parish, Lubya local council II.
Project background Branches of Life International was founded in 2007 as a home for former street kids, abandoned children, orphans and vulnerable children. The home today has 50 kids, aged 4 – 14 years.  Effective January 2012, Returned Medium Term Volunteers placed to Branches of Life have come together to form 3 Charity foundations in Germany, Netherland and Finland with a prime objective of fundraising for land for a permanent home for the Orphange. Based on this arrangement, UPA has offered to take the primary steps of continuing to support this orphange and therefore plans to offer the first workcamp to start on the foundation of the first structures for this orphanage.
Project objectives
  • To improve the living conditions of the orphans
  • To restore and build hope for future in the orphans
  • To conduct phyco-socio support activities with the kids
Activities
  • Domestic work like cooking, fetching water, etc.
  • Games, sports, music, dance and drama
  • Construction of a children’s home.
Cultural and Educational Visits
  • There will be a group visit to Wamala tombs a cultural heritage site for burial of some Buganda Kingdom.

Note:

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

A cultural night will be organised and participants will display items, songs and dances from their home countries and traditions.

Expected outcome
  • A foundation for the orphans’ home shall be raised
  • Stronger relationship among kids
  • Hope shall be restored among orphans
Beneficiaries
  • 50 orphans, abandoned children and former street kids.
Participation
  • The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from Uganda, regional and International volunteer organisations. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/ or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activitity.
Who qualifies to participate
  • Any volunteer above age of 18 years.
  • One who has a positive attitude towards kids.
  • Willing to interact with a diversity of cultures.
  • Ability to adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
  • Willing to taste a variety of local food and urban accomodation

Note:

  • Participants with special expertise or skills like architectures, mansions, counselors, peer educators, psychologists have an added advantage but not mandatory
The host community The project location is in a predominently Buganda population, speaking Luganda with a good number fluent in English. Most of the interaction shall be with these kids some of who can speak english.
Accommodation
  • The project will provide simple rooms with closed doors and windows. Average but not luxury.
  • The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers
  • The camp sites has latrines not toilets
  • And a simple cooking shelter (kitchen)
Meals
  • Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood.
  • There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
  • Participants will decide the menu according to availability.
  • Participants will divide themselves in Groups to prepare own meals using charcoal and firewood.
Health services Mulago Hospital is 4 km out from the campsite, Namugoona Orthodox Hospital is 1 km away. A number privately run clinics are also available near the campsite.
Water source The water is accessable and clean, a well protected constructed springwell is 0.5 km away from the project. While tap water is also available in the area.
Climate April is hot and wet,  frequent rains and sun could be often, temperatures will be ranging between 20 to 28 degrees celsius.
What to bring?

 

Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, Mat, pillow, Mosquito Net, sun/mosquito creams/repellents, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument {optional}; Torch or flash light; Water purifiers {optional}; Personal effects {i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries.

Bringing your national flag, common art facts of your country; stories, games, picture and local recipes for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for social interaction. Please carry along anything that you feel can well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy.

Play kits or items for games and sports for kids maybe welcome too but optional.

NB:

Ø  Very short (Hot pants); skirts and dresses will not be culturally welcome especially for female.

Ø  Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

 

 

In 2011 UPA has planned 14 work camps in different parts of Uganda. The projects are hosted by the UPA branches and partner projects or community groups across the country. The themes of the work camps vary, from Environment Conservation and Sanitation, Sustainable Development, Construction, Children, Agriculture, Sports and HIV/AIDS. You are most welcome to join UPA for these projects.

Short-term placements last for 3 weeks and they take place every month.

Why UPA work camps?

  • Experience with work camps since 1989
  • Small groups, maximum of 15 volunteers
  • Min 50% of the group consists of local volunteers
  • Work camps are important for local communities
  • The cost of the work camps (250€) includes airport pick up, 1 day orientation at the UPA guesthouse, 1 day Kampala tour with a local volunteer, food and accommodation during the camp. NB. 80% of the cost goes directly to the partner project or local community arranging the work camp.

Summary 2011- 2012 UPA International work camp Schedule.

 

WORKCAMP
CODE
WORKCAMP DATES PROJECT NAME and LOCATION PROJECT TYPE NO. OF VOLUNTEERS
UPA/ 001/11 12/04/11 – 02/05/11 NAMUNGOONA – KAMPALA DISTRICT KIDS/REN 15
UPA/002/11 10 -30/05/11 KIKOOBA KIBOGA DISTRICT HEALTH 15
UPA/003/11 07-27/06/11 KAWEMPE DIVISION – KAMPALA DISTRICT HEALTH/SAN(Special Theatre and Oral tradition Camp) 30
UPA/004/11 05- 25/07/11 BASAJJANSOLO LUWEERO DISTRICT KIDS/CONS 15
UPA/005/11 05 – 25/07/11 BUKOMERO – KIBOGA DISTRICT SAN/CONS 15
UPA/006/11 04-24/08/111 NANSANA – WAKISO DISTRICT CULT. HER/ CONS 15
UPA/007/11 4 – 24/08/11 BUKOMERO – KIBOGA DISTRICT ENVI(Interregional Youth Study camp) 25
UPA/008/11 06 -26/09/11 ARUA –   ARUA DISTRICT HEALTH/SAN 25
UPA/009/11 06 -26/09/11 BUSIA – BUSIA DISTRICT SAN 15
UPA/010/11 04 – 24/10/11 PAKWACH – PAKWACH DISTRICT REN 15
UPA/011/11 08 – 28/11/11 LUWERO – LUWERO DISTRICT SPORTS AND HIV/AIDS 30
UPA/012/11 29/11/11 – 19/12/11 BUKOMERO – KIBOGA DISTRICT CONS 15
UPA/013/11 05 – 25/01/12 BASAJJANSOLO LUWEERO DISTRICT KIDS/SPORTS 15
UPA/014/11 02 – 22/02/12 NANSANA – WAKISO DISTRICT CULT HERI/CONS 15
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