Empower and Care Organisation (EACO)
Empower and Care Organization provides physical and psychosocial support to marginalized and at-risk women, children, youth and the elderly living in the Mukono district.
What We Need
Become a Global Health Volunteer with EACO:
EACO's Project in Mukono and Buikwe is in need of summer Interns for Global Health Volunteer. This Internship brings together undergraduate, graduates, international development, public health, and medical students from across the globe to work alongside rural communities as they are empowered to lead healthier lives. This program will include maternity, pediatrics, geriatrics, laboratory, pharmacy, cancer screening, family planning, immunizations, de-worming, general medicine, gynecology, dentistry, and HIV/AIDS. In addition, you will have the chance to participate in community outreach and other work at least once a week -- a great way to learn more about the people you’ll support, and their culture and needs. While living side by side with community members, students will also learn about the social justice and healthy issues these communities face then we look for solution on how to solve these problems. This Program is geared towards issues such as water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health. Students will grow in their understanding of global health as a multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary field, face the challenges of grassroots public health work, and think critically about where they fit as leaders the movement for global health equity.
As a volunteer, you will work with our dedicated clinic staff through assisting with patient intake, observing patient examinations, and assisting in the pharmacy. Volunteers also work extensively in the community by traveling with our Community Health Educators on home visits, assisting with mosquito net treatments, and leading health education sessions in local schools, providing health care and support for local residents. Over the course of your trip you'll receive an unfiltered experience in health care field work abroad, and learn about the tremendous impact that even one person can have!
Train community members in water and sanitation:
Volunteers are also needed to carry out training of the community on all aspects of the and covering the following activities:
- Hygiene promotion
- Construction of latrines
- Hand pump installation and maintenance
- The links between water, sanitation and health
- The importance and main elements of hygiene-promotion
- The complexities in delivering safe water and sanitation
- Reporting and monitoring
- Disease surveillance
- Coordination and partnerships
- Water quality testing and monitoring
- Environmental sanitation
Community Nutrition & Health for Rural Mukono:
We are in need of volunteers for the economic development, community nutrition & health, gender equality and sustainability of rural populations of Mukono and based on the research reports we shall be able to compile a report and look for funds to support and solve the problem in the area of study.
Train rural schools in hygiene and Sanitation:
Volunteer have to establish a monitoring and evaluation system to inform decision-makers. They need to know whether the enormous amount of hardware installed in the last ten years is kept in a functioning condition, and act accordingly; whether the hygiene awareness created in the schools is beginning to translate into changed behavior, starting with hand washing; whether it then starts increasingly to influence home-based behavior and that of pupils’ families. Decision-makers also need to be aware of the continuing need for funding, when the big donors leave.
Save Bees by Training the community in biodiversity and conservation in Uganda:
The project needs support from volunteers for its activities in apiculture, agriculture, and organic farm work and for providing information to the bee farm's visitors. Volunteers assist farm visitors (with guidance, interpretation,), tree maintenance and reforestation, flower planting and reproduction. Volunteers also help with the small vegetable garden.
Help establish income-generating activities:
Provide assistance to our projects that create and implement income-generating opportunities for women, children, youth and the elderly.
Office and logistic activities:
Deliver office support, assist with administrative tasks such as budgeting, accounting, updating paperwork, and maintaining personnel files on children and other beneficiaries. Bring your organizational experience to bear in a different setting.
Develop and write project proposals, write grant proposals, help in fundraising, sensitizing the community about health and sanitation. Write progress reports on EACO projects. Bring your project skills to enhance our skills.
Teach math, language, science, personal health, and other topics at schools. Organize day-care activities in the roles of teachers, camp counselors and day care workers. Good for people who love children. Bring your games, songs, musical instrument and enthusiasm to the village!
Deliver training to staff and volunteers on issues relevant to the activities where EACO is involved. Help enhance our knowledge base. Be a co-coordinator of one of our peer education projects or help develop a new peer education project. Be a teacher of teachers.
Give our rural beneficiaries information and training on applicable technology for best-of-breed agricultural practices, land conservation, food security, bee keeping and others. Bring your knowledge and ability to teach and work the land.
Volunteers in the field that field can help to Volunteers will help to strengthen Sexual and Reproductive Health for youth through: 1. Capacity Building and Training o To train service providers for Adolescent Friendly SRH Services provision o To train peer educators on communication and counselling skills 2. Institutional Framework o To set up adolescent Reproductive Health Clubs for mobilization both in and out of school adolescents for life skills and other positive reproductive health behaviours. 3. Information Education and Communication o To develop and distribute relevant IEC materials to all RH services delivery points 4. Adolescent SRH Service Delivery o To establish Adolescent Friendly SRH services at all delivery points o To initiate community based recreation activities for adolescents o To explore avenues of setting up income generating activities for adolescents
When & Who
What we Provide
In Mukono, EACO can arrange for volunteers to stay with a local family or in a guest house. In Maracha the volunteer must stay with the project co-ordinator in the area.
3 meals per day.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided by the organization. It includes natural and healthy food, fruits, fruit juices, cereals, soups. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus available.
The program fee is negotiable, depending on the period of your stay at EACO.
More Services we Offer
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training: Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
In-country staff support.
Airport pick up and drop off at Entebbe Airport.
Over the weekends we can organize and visit some of the tourist places, this will be at your own expense and can include: source of the Nile in Jinja, waterfalls, game parks and others.
There are many other tourism opportunities in Uganda.
Other Ways to Help
- Scholastic materials.
- General medical supplies.
- Seeds for vegetables.
- Building materials for latrines.
- Boreholes and equipment for pumps.
- Solar lighting kits.
Additional Info about Us
EACO has a special focus on single mothers, widows, and women who are taking care of children. The organization seeks to empower women through economic development, which it achieves through education programs, vocational training, and the provision of health care. EACO doesn't work with orphanages.