WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
By working closely with the local Christian community you can help to share skills and improve leadership through effective education and the development of new projects. This project aims to reach out to communities in rural areas of Uganda, which can be difficult to travel to and are often forgotten about by governments and NGOs. Primarily by raising awareness of disease prevention and treatment and fostering the creation of self sustaining, community owned projects, our local partner organisation hopes to improve the wellbeing and livelihoods of everyday Ugandans.
The focus of this project is on providing resources for sustainable development in under resourced communities. Uganda has an extraordinarily young population and children are central to this project, but it also focuses on adults with a holistic approach to community development. Past and/or ongoing aspects of the project include feeding the destitute, outreach, counselling and assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses which affect their health and life expectancy as well as their social and economical position in society.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
As has been explained, the project is wide ranging and our local partner organisation focuses on a multitude of development activities. Your exact role will be dependent on your own skills, interests and abilities and will also be dependent on current development priorities for the community you’re working with. Activities might include the following:
Improve the quality of life and health for people in rural areas by providing them with clean water and improved sanitation whilst increasing accessibility to safe drinking water sources for impoverished communities. This work will help to reduce childhood mortality and lower the incidence of water related illnesses.
Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Ugandans living in rural areas. Improving the health conditions of children and adults in rural communities is vital to forming and maintain a thriving community. Improving the healthcare conditions in hard to reach areas is achieved through running mobile dental and medical clinics and establishing new medical centres as well as providing health education workshops.
The childcare programme provides basic needs such as food, medical care, education, shelter and clothing to children in orphanages within the villages of Uganda, giving them resources and hope for the future. Volunteers help by providing education, assistance with health care, social services and providing basic necessities to the children.
Music, Dance and Drama
The purpose of this programme is to educate and develop the talents of children and young people. Volunteer your time helping as a music teacher or dance instructor. Like all kids, Ugandan children enjoy drama and this can be a great way to help educate communities across cultural and linguistic lines.
Uganda has lost nearly a third of its forest in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are quickly taken to reverse the situation. Raising awareness amongst young people about sustainability, alternative energy and respect for the earth is crucial to safeguarding the environment for the future. An important part of the project is to create new and expand existing tree nurseries and tree planting projects in association with local schools for the purpose of inspiring and motivating all Ugandans to want a greener and healthier nation by encouraging a culture of “plant, reuse, recycle and reduce”.
Education is a priority, being one of the most important tools which can be used to give children the chance to break the cycle of the poverty which affects their lives and help them become independent adults. The aim of the project is to help the poorest communities of Uganda to build new schools, as well as helping to improve existing facilities.
Youth Sports Programmes
Youth sport and recreation networks are an important source of and means for social networking, helping to combat exclusion and foster youth capacity to work collectively towards the challenges faced by young people. Several types of sport, inlcuding marathon, basketball, netball, volleyball, football, kickboxing and taekwondo, are utilised to help motivate young people and raise awareness about basic health and fitness.