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Soft Power Education

Soft Power Education (SPE) is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO working with communities in Uganda to improve children quality of life through education. Established in 1999, SPE has been supporting the Ugandan Government in working towards its Millennium Development Goals for the Primary Education Sector.

The activities implemented by Soft Power Education are:

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  • Refurbishment of Primary Schools, providing clean, safe and inspiring learning environments.
  • Education Centre, fun and dynamic learning centers to complement class based learning for their partner schools.
  • Community Development Programme, extending the potential of the education center to adult learning.
  • Special Needs Project, promoting inclusion of children with special needs.
  • Providing ongoing training and support for teachers and families.

SPE works in Jinja, a rural village of 80.000 inhabitants located approximately 90km east of Kampala. As a volunteer you'll:

  • work on the school refurbishment programme;
  • take lessons or assist at one of the two pre-schools; Buwenda Pre School and Kyabirwa Pre School are two nurseries run by SPE and they have each 120 orphans and children from poor families;
  • stay with children at the Amagezi Education Centre.

If you are a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or a Speech and Language Therapist you can work on the Children with Special Needs project. You'll volunteer your services within the schools and community to develop programmes, assessment and training for teachers and parents.

Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation

In Uganda YearOut works with Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation (URCSF), NGO active in rural territory of Masaka.

Peter Francis Luswata, the NGO’s president, founded this association with the purpose of improving the local communities’ life quality, trying to avoid the exodus to the cities by engaging in building a future related to agriculture.

The work organization, in fact, wheel around the concept of food security and the volunteers will be involved in different activities:

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  • Reed and harvest: depending on the season and availability, volunteers may be involved in agricultural activities such as sowing, the care of the precious coffee plants, the collection of mango and papaye.
  • Rearing: the URCSF's staff is also concerned with a discrete number of farm animals, including goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. Volunteers may help in the daily activities related to grazing and feeding of the specimens present.
  • Seed Bank: create a database on precious seed harvested by the project, with the purpose of protecting and promoting biodiversity local agriculture.
  • Microcredit: in addition to farming, URCSF works to trigger economic virtuous circles within the community. From offering sewing machines to the women of the village, supported by a professional course, to planning sales and savings activities: there is no shortage of ideas. To develop them at the best , the organization is looking for volunteers who are willing to mature these potential and contribute to the growth of the community.
  • After school and educational workshops: the farm of Masaka, vital center of the project, often becomes a reference point for children living in the surroundings. By using the same structure it is possible to organize study afternoons, workshops and recreational activities dedicated to the young students of the local community.
  • Best practices in agriculture's field: in case there are specific skills, volunteers may assist the local staff in offering consultancy services to the farmer in the village, by promoting the exchange of techniques and knowledge.

Peter, president of Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation is responsible for the project, he will be dealing with the initial training and the insertion of the volunteers in the local community: once left Kampala volunteers will be hosted in a rural house managed by two mamies of Masaka, a few meters from the farm. There will be attention, chatter in family and meals carefully prepared by women of the house with natural ingredients and, of course, local.

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estensione: 241.000 Km²
popolazione: 22.500.000
ordinamento: Repubblica
lingue ufficiali: Swahili, Inglese
religione: Cattolici 45%, Protestanti 40%, altri 15%
moneta: Scellino Ugandese
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Banyankore 10%, Bakiga 10%, Basoga 10%,
Turkana 6%, Langi 6%, Bagisu 5%
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