In case you have any special skill you wish to share with our children you are most welcome. We are looking for people to work alongside our community volunteers in implementing the Community Facility Linkages and Referral Framework interventions in Mukono District – Uganda. We are implementation this program in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Uganda.
We are looking for volunteers in the following fields;
- 90, 90, 90strategy of dealing of HIV.
- HIV counselling & testing.
- Environmental conservation.
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
- Village Savings Schemes.
- And any other activities that are geared towards improving livelihoods.
- Children Sponsorships.
- Music and Drama.
- School Health Program experts.
Volunteering in the above or other relevant fields will bless a soul and help them achieve their full potential.
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We offer exciting shot-term and long term volunteer opportunities among the communities we work with. Our volunteer placements are open to people of all ages and back grounds, regardless of nationality or qualifications.
The Ugandan Experience
As a volunteer, you will experience traditional Uganda life and participate in daily activities, such as visiting house hold communities and participate in their daily activities like cooking using fire wood, collecting fire wood, and digging.
You will also participate in the growth promotion exercises at different health centres and centralised locations within villages. You will participate in setting up kitchen gardens for households; participate in voluntary counselling and HIV testing, freely interacting with PLWHIV for them to have a sense of belonging. Participate in the economic empowerment activities like crafts making, tailoring, briquette making etc.
Support in identifying more PLWHIV and linking them to care, actively participate in the community cook days. Below are some of the activities to be involved in;
Above: Jewellery making by a group of young single mothers for economic empowerment. At Goshen’s we believe in economic empowerment for sustainability.
Above: Fetching water from the wells and carrying it in jerry cans on your head is a common practice.
Cooking using firewood is a common method of cooking in local communities in Uganda.
Above: Community cook day exercise involving different house hold groups. Through this program, households get to learn about the different nutrition components of meals to different groups.
The type of work you are involved in will depend on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
Working hours are normally 4-8 hours a day depending on the volume of work. On arrival at Goshen’s Fountain of Nutrition and Health, you will be oriented on culture, language and organisational work. Training and supervision may be provided to new volunteers who feel the need for training.
While working with Goshen’s, volunteers may sleep in shared rooms, or stay with some selected families under Goshen’s program. Volunteers may also stay with some Goshen’s staff. Volunteers may come along with their camp tents and sleeping bags. Volunteers are encouraged to carry along their beddings and any basic personal effects.
Food and Water
All meals will catered for under the Volunteer fees paid up front depending on duration of stay. The main staples are Rice, beans, Irish Potatoes, Posho (corn meal), potatoes, cabbage, chapatti, fresh fruit & vegetables. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and to introduce different meals. Communities use water from wells and also tap water is used. Bottled drinking water is also available in the shops. Communities are advised to boil water for drinking.
Cost and Payment
Volunteers are required to commit a fee that caters for expenses of their meals, housing and support for our projects. This is payable in cash upon arrival in Uganda.
With regard to clothing, keep in mind that the local area is very dusty, hot & dry. During rainy seasons it is muddy. Volunteers should anticipate that clothes and footwear will become dirty quickly so we suggest durable outdoor clothes that will last your stay.
Some tips on clothing;
- During rainy season, the nights and mornings can get cool. We advise that volunteers bring along with them light jumpers or pullovers to layer clothing (rather than thick jumpers).
- Sun hut to prevent sun burn (particularly for volunteers not used to strong sunlight.
- At least two pairs of shoes, including one pair of comfortable covered shoes or trainers and one pair of sandals or flip flops.
- As most of our placements are in a conservative area, all volunteers should bring at least one pair of long pants or skirt as well as a shirt that covers your shoulders otherwise acceptable clothing includes singlet and knee skirts/shorts. Volunteers should understand the very short skirts and skimpy clothing will attract attention and we particularly advise that women volunteers limit the wear of bikini tops, halter necks, midriff tops and short skirts. However, we also advise that male volunteers wear a shirt/singlet (i.e. not topless) and wear knee length shorts.
What we expect of Volunteers
Your role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer we encourage you to actively participate in the daily activities of the organisation such as;
- Visiting the vulnerable children, having community visits for sensitisation about HIV, carrying out voluntary counselling & testing.
- Volunteers will actively participate in the community cook day demonstrations where different households organised in groups will display their knowledge of preparation of nutritious meals for different vulnerable groups.
- Assisting households start up kitchen gardens.
- Visiting schools and other institutions of higher learning for reproductive health, physical education, nutrition and HIV sensitisation sessions.
- Sensitising household communities on nutrition sensitive agriculture.
- Actively participate in cooking meals.
- We also encourage volunteers to share any special skills they have with the beneficiaries.
- After your stay with Goshen’s, we encourage volunteers to keep in contact and they should become ambassadors to spread the message about Goshen’s within their communities.
What to bring for the Organisation
If possible, we would love you to bring some supplies for the kids and the vulnerable adults.
Anything that you can bring would be greatly appreciated and below is a guide;
- Clothing, mixed dresses, shirts, shorts for boys & girls, sweaters all ages.
- School children backpacks.
- Black shoes for school (boys & girls all ages).
- Tooth paste & toothbrushes.
- Stationary and school supplies.
- Sports items like balls (football, net ball, and basket balls), sports jerseys, football boots, and any other sports items.
- Also if you are interested in bringing items for the organisation to use (such as Laptops, computers, Cameras, Cells phones, sports equipment like table tennis, basketball and chess equipment), please let us know.
- As Goshen’s we have a Household Economic Strengthening initiative to economically empower the caregivers of the children so that they can independently meet household needs.
To participate in this initiative you can donate sewing machines, welding machines, carpentry tools and any other tools that can be used.
Playing different music instruments that our children had never seen was exciting. There is need to resurrect different talents within these kids. You truly can donate different musical instruments for the children to use. No one knows the hidden talents within them, so let us help them discover their potential by availing the instruments and caring for their welfare.
The Bryson family actively participated in engaging the kids in games and they truly felt loved.
They need to be listened to. Let us positively impact on the orphaned children and renew the lost love and confidence in them.
The children were excited to receive different items and could not hide their happiness. Many of them pocketed their cars and moved back home with a changed mind set about themselves. They felt valued and loved and hence boost their esteem in the community.
Just playing with these children makes a difference in their lives. The children also received playing items like skipping ropes and they were very happy.
This young boy was happy after receiving his package. Many of such children have lost their parents and cannot afford to have a meal. They need someone to help them know that God still loves them by extending a helping hand in terms of clothing, shelter, school fees and spiritual being.
Some of them are in children headed households because both parents died or one of the parents abandoned them.
Above: Much as this grand mother is in her80s, she is a caregiver to her grandchildren who lost their parents to HIV. She houses them in her single room with a triple decker; she also fends for them, provides clothing, scholastic requirements and meets their needs. The burden on her is just too much that she is disgusted with life.