Uganda is located on the east of the continent and is a small but stunning country whose landscape is lush, fertile and green. It is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the source of the River Nile, and the highest concentration of primates on earth. Uganda hosts over 50 languages and is divided into over 100 districts. Although the wildlife and scenery bring significant external tourism, Uganda’s greatest asset is undoubtedly its people; the heart-warming Ugandan hospitality and kindness, along with the unshakable work ethic of the locals, are what people find most impressive when visiting this great country. Despite undergoing considerable political instability in the past, most recently the brutal regime of dictator Idi Amin, the country as a whole has remained positive and stability has returned steadily in recent years.
Today, a host of NGOs can be found working within the country to promote vital issues such as HIV/Aids awareness, water and hygiene awareness, English teaching and health awareness. Despite Uganda’s troubled past, the majority of the population embrace their local arts and traditions with great enthusiasm and huge importance is placed on sport and school achievements.
Aims of the project
1. To promote WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) education within a rural community, teaching life-saving techniques to adults and children through non-formal education.
2. To build and paint a water tank at the local primary school.
3. To protect a natural spring in the community, giving more people access to clean, safe water.
4. To promote fuel-efficient stoves and to train members of the community in their construction.
5. To promote the purification of water with moringa seeds.
Details of the project
Project training with the NGO, Little Big Africa, begins in early or mid-June and lasts for eight days. After training volunteers move into a donated house from their rural community and live there for six weeks. During the six weeks volunteers will be expected to teach primary classes about water and sanitation through songs, sports and games, as well as teaching within the adult community.
Volunteers will work with two separate engineers to build their tank and protect the water source.
During project volunteers will also be promoting and building smokeless stoves around their local community and promoting the use of moringa seeds to purify water. By the end of the six weeks, the volunteers will have set up and trained three separate committees within the community, one for maintaining the water tank, one for maintaining the water source, and one to continue the work with smokeless stoves. During project there are two meetings with the NGO as well as a mid-placement afternoon for feedback and questions. Debrief from project happens late July/early August, depending on departure date. This takes one day and includes feedback and discussion with the NGO and with volunteer groups from other universities, and is followed by a day of white water rafting on the Nile!
Project costs to be fundraised per volunteer are approximately £700, although fundraising is done as a group throughout the year. Flights to Uganda vary dependent on airline, budget airline flights e.g. Ethiopian Airlines cost around £500. Immunisations are around £150 in total and insurance approximately £60-80.
This year the Uganda project is taking 12 volunteers.
NGO: Little Big Africa
2016 Uganda Project Presentation
For more information please view the 2016 Uganda presentation.
2016 Uganda Project Presentation Video
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