This volunteering position will take place in small grassroots organization developing mainly local development aid projects. The volunteers will have to adapt and be flexible regarding the local working and living environment. It is expected that the volunteer to be autonomous and able to take initiatives to support the hosting organization and local community in the development of their projects and activities.
The volunteer will be supported by the hosting organization Uganda Pioneers´ Association (UPA) that is located in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala. UPA was formed in 1989 and has extensive experience in hosting international volunteers and involving them and local volunteers in community projects through Short, Medium and Long-term voluntary services. The organisation is Not-for-Profit and does not represent any political, religious or sectarian motives.
Both projects are located within the same suburb. The two organisation where the volunteer shall be deployed are Pelletier Teenage Mothers’ Foundation and Voice of Women Uganda. They both strive for the protection and empowerment of marginalized women and girls in the local communities.
Voice of Women Uganda (VOWU) is a women’s organisation founded in 2011 with a mission of empowering vulnerable women and girls to understand and exercise their rights and abilities so as to make informed life choices. We are a voice drawing community and national attention to barriers preventing women from accessing and exercising their rights in their homes, their communities and society at large. Its objectives are:
- To enable women and girls interact to share ideas, knowledge and experiences geared towards improving their wellbeing - To educate women and girls about their human rights with particular focus on reproductive health rights, and observance of gender based rights among others - To promote women’s rights through elimination of violence and other forms of discrimination against women - Equip women and girls with skills that will enable them increase their income - To advocate for girl child education and gender equity - To Conduct research pertaining to women issues
Target beneficiaries are vulnerable women and girls who are facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence. These include among others; young/child mothers, single mothers, married women living in abusive relationships widows, women with disabilities, adolescents, orphans, those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other health related conditions. A gender perspective is mainstreamed in VOWU’s work to ensure that gender related concerns and experiences are addressed.
Pelletier Teenage Mothers Foundation (PTMOF) is Non-Government Organization operating in Nansana municipal council Wakiso District established in 2008 with a view of contributing to self reliance of teen mothers and their children through increasing access to basic vocational and employable skills as a basis for their social and economic empowerment. The organization ensures nurturing the positive mental health, physical and social development of traumatized young parents in Uganda helping them to integrate back into their communities.
PTMOF is aimed at providing employable skills to teen mothers and other economically vulnerable younger women especially school dropouts and child mothers who are disadvantaged under the formal education system. Operational details & security context
Nansana is located 13 Kms and Wakiso is approximately 16 Kms along Kampala Hoima Road. Nansana is the second most populated urban authority in Uganda with over 400,000 people. It is a fast growing Kampala suburb with many hotels, bars, restaurants, schools and medical facilities. It is generally safe, but the volunteer has to be cautious when moving in public places. As a developing urban area, Nansana is struggling with security challenges, theft and criminalities based on gender based violence. Local police station and local security agencies do put a lot of effort to manage such challenges. The volunteers will receive training and advice regarding the security before and during the project.
Wakiso is the headquarter for the entire district and it close to Nansana. It is one of the suburbs of Kampala though with rural setups. It offers great opportunities to interact with the Uganda rural population.
Nansana has many international volunteers since it is a home for many NGOs, Community based organisations and projects that offer voluntary service opportunities to international volunteers. The area offers many opportunities to the volunteer ranging from food, entertainment, leisure time, intercultural learning and exchange as well as quick access to the city centre of Kampala. Due to the high population, Nansana is greatly affected with traffic jam during rush hours.