If you can spare a week/weeks, a month, two or more in Uganda, Shared Hope for Orphans (SHO) has volunteer work with projects based in Buwenge, Jinja, Uganda.
We need volunteers who can bring new ideas, work with minimal supervision, and have a positive, self-starting attitude. We do not need just young volunteers, but older people with business skills and experience as well. We need those who can sort out bookwork and apply for grants. As we try to help all members of society, we need all ages of volunteers to help them function.
Our headquarters are in Buwenge Town – JINJA. We have our own school, that we fund for ourselves, educating orphans and very poor children completely free of charge, feed and clothe them and try to provide all basics of life whenever we can. We also have simple money generating projects like crop growing and animal rearing. We are also working with many schools mainly primary schools; we also have youth groups who would need mentoring in business skills, ideas of community development, living with and without HIV/AIDS, spiritual issues among others.
Take some time to read through our volunteer programs:
WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO DO
Basically, we would want volunteers who are willing to interact with poor hopeless children we have in our registry, (over 100), give them hope and teach them basics of life. We also have contacts with other schools that a volunteer can teach, basing on the traditional teaching of Uganda, which is based on memorization and passing of exams. School terms vary annually but are likely to be: Feb 1 to April 15, May 20 to August 20, Sept 20 to November 30. We also work with village-based boarding schools.
Teaching needy and orphaned kids has serious challenges and needs volunteers who are open to local teaching methods but still able to bring creativity and fun into the classroom. You are the outside world to these kids. Schools have a basic curriculum, but you’ll be planning your own lessons daily. While there is a language barrier, by volunteering you can introduce creative writing, drawing, debate, and life skills into the classroom.
All volunteers coming to Buwenge Town will live together with others who arrived before. Naom is there to take care of you. Moses is there to keep you clean. The building is within a locked compound. There is no running water, but Moses takes care of that. Naom will cook for you, but you can always help her and cook also. You will be given 3 meals of local Ugandan food per day. This consists of matooke (mashed plantain), posho (cornmeal- like polenta), potatoes and rice. Since we have so many vegetarians in our midst, we generally serve these with beans or peas. You’ll be happy to get fish or meat once a week. Bread, eggs and fruits are served at breakfast.
HIV/AIDS PREVENTION OUTREACH
Youth mentoring in SHO would include Public speaking and mentoring of youth and youth leaders respecting HIV/AIDS, public health/hygiene, family planning, condom use, creativity workshops promoting small business development, the importance of basic education, and women’s rights and empowerment. This is the most important and most common activity undertaken by volunteers.
Includes home visits to elderly, disabled, and persons living with HIV/AIDS to keep company, offer relief, and assess needs. This is a good opportunity for volunteers to see the daily challenges faced by marginalized groups in Uganda.
Administration: fundraising, sourcing markets for handicrafts, strategic planning, report writing and file maintenance.
SHO also needs volunteers that provide counseling, care, and education for rural people and orphaned and underprivileged children.
In our communities, major activities involve working with local children and youth. You decide if you want to teach nursery, primary, secondary, vocational education, or if you want to be involved in a more free form work arrangement placed with an organization that provides community outreach services.
ABOUT JINJA TOWN
Whether you volunteer in JINJA town or in a village, you’ll likely use BUWENGE town as your base for services. It’s located on the Jinja – KAMULI highway about 25km from JINJA town. With a population of about 479,900, JINJA has 1 internet cafe, a major university, a bunch of restaurants and drinking spots, supermarkets, and a luxury hotel with a swimming pool and gardens. It’s easily accessible from all village placements by public transport.
By public transport it takes about 40 minutes to get to either Kampala or Jinja, which are good places to get specialized services or have some western fun.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email us your resume or a list of your skills/interests, and a Statement of Interest telling us why you want to come live and volunteer in Uganda. Try to apply well in advance of when you’re traveling.
You must arrive around the 1st or 15th of the month. We have a fortnight minimum and a 3 month maximum. If you want to stay longer, we’ll work it out if the space is available.
You need to be at least 16 years old, speak English, and be in relatively good health to volunteer with SHO.
Shared Hope for Orphans
P.O. Box 4816, Buwenge,