Volunteer with   AFRICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMUNITIES (AFSCO)

AFRICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMUNITIES (AFSCO)

Jinja, Uganda, Africa
Childcare
Education
Environment
Healthcare
Women Development

Who we are

African Friends Service Communities (AFSCO) is a voluntary, not for profit, Community Based Organization that was formed by persons with a vision to support, unite and promote community development in vulnerable communities of eastern Uganda.


General

1.Community Health: All volunteers with skills in community health such as hygiene, Sanitation Immunization, and any others are welcome. Professionals are attached to our local hospitals and also carry out home visits to those who cant reach the hospital for treatment and are treated from their homes.
Most of our volunteers in this category participate in cleaning of Water sources such as Wells as well as rehabilitating them, cleaning and painting of community health hospitals, etc. This program is done through the year.

2.Community out reach programs:In our community outreach programs in which we mainly deal with the Youth, Widows Elderly, Orphans and persons with disabilities. Our volunteers mainly empower our people with skills in hand crafts, Drama, Sports.
They also assist the Elderly in their gardens as well as renovating and construction of their houses, Kitchens, utensils stands, etc.

3.Water Sanitation and Hygiene:
Water and sanitation is one of the major concerns of AFRICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMUNITIES which aims at accessing safe water to vulnerable communities as well as improving on the poor sanitation hazards. As a developing nation, we have lost so many lives as a result of drinking contaminated water due to lack of safe water sources most especially I the rural communities.
Volunteers are needed under this program to help in identifying and analyzing the current different challenges in targeted communities with specific priority to rural and peri-urban schools and communities.
Volunteers will also help in developing concepts and proposals that will be used to seek funds from potential donors that are interested in water and sanitation projects.
Volunteers will also participate in cleaning of water sources, protecting them from intruders that make them unsafe and improving on the poor sanitation hazards especially on solid waste management.
Volunteers will also participate in awareness campaigns such as the “safe water chain” program.
Volunteers will also help in installing water filters and rain water harvesting systems that are donated by our partners.
Volunteers will also help in advocacy campaigns, lobbying of resources and carrying out general fundraisings to support water and sanitation projects.
Maximum numbers of volunteers wanted are ten (10) and minimum volunteers wanted are one (1).
There is no prior experience required but any skills in water and sanitation projects are an added advantage.
Working days are from Monday-Friday and weekends are reserved for the volunteers to carry out any other personal work or tour around the country.

4.Early Child Hood Development: Early child hood development project is one of the newest programs under AFRICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMUNITIES that requires volunteers throughout the year.
Volunteers will specifically be involved in identifying the needs and suggesting possible solutions to mitigate the root causes of poor early child hood development such as early child hood diagnosis, poor health, poor nutrition, negligence of children rights, child care and mentoring with specific concern given to children with disabilities, child headed families, orphans and children living with HIV/AIDs.
Volunteers will also help in construction of child out door amusement facilities, teaching them games and sports, physical education, education (teaching), hygiene and supporting nutritional programs.
Volunteers will also help in developing concepts that will be used in seeking funds from potential donors, lobbying of resources to implement children related programs, linking orphans and other vulnerable children to second parents, participating in general fundraising to get funds (resources) that will be used to support children programs.
Maximum numbers of volunteers wanted are ten (10) and minimum volunteers wanted are one (1).
There is no prior experience required but any skills in working with children are an added advantage.
Working days are from Monday-Friday and weekends are reserved for the volunteers to carry out any other personal work or tour around the country.

5.Agro Forestly and Enviromental: Conservation:Environmental degradation is among the current problems facing Uganda due to the increasing need for timber, firewood, charcoal for fuel, construction, deforestation as a need to give space for agriculture and many more.
Volunteers will participate in improving the deteriorating environmental practices in targeted communities like schools, hospitals, etc whereby volunteers will participate in improving the agro forestry program(planting of trees intermixed with fruits and vegetables) aimed at scaling up better nutrition and improving the learning/living environment of targeted communities.
Volunteers will also participate in developing concepts that will be used to seek funds that will be used to implement environmental programs.
Volunteers will also be directly involved in lobbying of resources , funds, networking and general fundraising to get resources/funds to support the implementation of environmental programs.
Maximum numbers of volunteers wanted are ten (10) and minimum volunteers wanted are one (1).
There is no prior experience required but any skills in environmental programs are an added advantage.
Working days are from Monday-Friday and weekends are reserved for the volunteers to carry out any other personal work or tour around the country.

6.HIV/AIDS:Uganda has been marked as one of the main countries affected by this deadly disease in Africa that there is need of more external expertise and support in scaling down the spread of the disease as well as mitigating the root causes and helping those that are already living with it.
Volunteers will help in counseling and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteers will also help in carrying out home based care, community outreaches that will include sensitization programs, carry out voluntary testing and distribution of condoms.
Volunteers will also help in developing concepts that will be used to seek funds that will be used to support persons with the disease and HIV/AIDS related programs.
Maximum numbers of volunteers wanted are ten (10) and minimum volunteers wanted are one (1).
There is no prior experience required but any skills in environmental programs are an added advantage.
Working days are from Monday-Friday and weekends are reserved for the volunteers to carry out any other personal work or tour around the country.

7.Education: Education has been considered by AFRICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMUNITIES as a basis to impart development and effect change among the vulnerable livelihoods/communities.
Volunteers will be attached to local vulnerable schools and can teach a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics, English, fine art, technical drawing, entrepreneurship, history, music, geography, commerce, sports and many more.
Volunteers will also help in twinning/networking local and international schools/students.
No specific experience is required but teaching skills and being able to speak English are added advantage.
Maximum numbers of volunteers wanted are twenty (10) and minimum volunteers wanted are one (1).
Working days are from Monday-Friday and weekends are reserved for the volunteers to carry out any other personal work or tour around the country.

From monday to friday and Working hours are normally 6-8 hours a day. Time away from work e.g. for traveling to other parts of Africa can be arranged through informing the orphanage manager.
Upon arrival, there is an orientation session for new volunteers to become acquainted with the local culture, language and the project work. Further training and supervision are provided to new volunteers who are interested in tasks for which they lack adequate experience. More experienced volunteers are given direction, but work under minimal supervision.

2 weeks and Max 1year.


About Accommodation: working at the orphanage or surrounding community, volunteers will sleep in shared rooms with other volunteers, and we endeavor to keep the rooms single gender (2 people per room). We also accommodate couples as well.
Although we provide sheets and blankets and mosquito nets, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own sheets or sleeping bags.

About Meals:All meals are provided at the host organisation and we serve 4 meals per day. The main staples of the diet are rice, beans, ugali (corn meal), potatoes, matooke,cabbage and bread (chapati) Fresh fruit , vegetables and etc are readily available and are inexpensive to purchase.
The orphanage is vegetarian as a result of the cost of meat. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and to introduce different meals, for instance past volunteers have introduced pasta and French toast. There are always restaurants available in the city for meat–based or western-style meals (such as French fries/hot chips).
The water used by the orphanage is from a well,borehole,tap and is very clean and safe to consume. Bottled water is also available from shops.

Accommodation

Meals


We are a voluntary, not for profit community based initiative operating in eastern Uganda. The majority of people in eastern Uganda especial in Jinja District are either in subsidiary farming or involved in micro and small-scale business activities.

To a great extent many are dealing in survival activities characteristics of informal sector operations. They include small holder farming, cattle keeping, market vendors, housemaids, brick making, tailoring, and handcrafts to mention but a few.

As development partners, non-governmental organizations are proving to be more effective at grass roots where government hands cannot satisfy/ reach.

African Friends Service Communities is one of the few voluntary non-profit making organization partnering with grass roots organizations/local leaders/faith based initiatives found in the Eastern Uganda offering educational, medical and nutritional services to the rural communities as well as helping them to facilitate their social, spiritual, Educational and economical well being.

We derive our support from the valuable services of volunteers, friends, sympathizers, well-wishers, Christian and non-Christian resources as well as our dear partner’s in-country and abroad who offer financial, moral, educational and material support to facilitate our activities.

The founders of the initiative are much concerned about the increasing poverty levels, high prevalence rate of HIV/Aids, increasing number of orphans without any assistance, high unemployment, lack of respect of human rights and high illiteracy levels within the community.


BTC/CD/091

5 to 10 people

250$ per month.This cost cover the accomodation,4meals perday,water bills,electericity bills,security and house helpers.



Álvaro
Ricardo

Jinja District,Bugembe Town Council,Nkanyonyi Complex, Jinja, Uganda.

Uganda

http://www.afscohelpug.webnode.com



ACCESS TO FACILITIES:

Electricity. You are able to charge electrical items, such as phones, laptop, cameras, rechargeable batteries, etc. you are able to purchase basic supplies. For other facilities and a larger range of supplies, volunteers will be able to access the post office, banks and ATMs (including a Barclays), and a Western Union to change money. Also, there are large supermarkets where you can purchase most supplies, such as Sumi, American, etc

MOBILE PHONES.Mobile phones in Uganda are ,NOKIA ITEL,etc and there is excellent reception available in the local area. If you bring a mobile phone from your home country or an international phone, provided you are permitted by your service provider, NOKIA-enabled phones will work on this network. Also, it is possible to purchase simcards for a NOKIA mobile phone when you arrive in Uganda, or even purchase a mobile phone relatively easily.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS CAN EXPECT
Prior to your Arrival
Prior to departing your home country, representatives of AFSCO will be available on email and via phone (if you prefer) to discuss your placement at the AFSCO.
Once you have been selected to join AFSCO, you are sent an official acceptance letter, which gives you a go-ahead to book your flight that brings you to this part of Africa!

During your Stay.There are staff members at AFSCO to support and assist you. They assist with caring for the children, administration and managing the day to day activities of the orphanage. They are available to answer questions, act as a local guide and ensure that you settle into the orphanage and way of life.
Volunteers can also expect a weekly visit from a representative of AFSCO. This representative will be able to bring any supplies you require, provide information, support and assistant if you require. Also to resolve any issues that may occur. This representative will be available via phone and email at any time during your stay.
We will provide you with work that is suitable for your level of ability, experience and meets your interests. Should you have any requests, queries or issues regarding your workload please let us know.

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 AFSCO such as caring for children, cleaning, teaching, cooking, washing clothes/bedding, fieldwork, construction, watering the vegetable garden, collecting firewood, hauling water, feeding animals’ preparing food, etc. We also encourage you to utilise the skills you have to assist in improving the lives of the children and staff. For instance, volunteers good at sport are encouraged to work with the children at orphanage and those in the community on sports.

ATTITUDE
It is important for volunteers to understand that the culture in Uganda may be quite different to what they may be accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude.

Your Contact Person - Mr.Bampalana Mohammed

: +256779444946

: bampalana.muhammed

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