A group of motivated youth formed LUYODEFO out of a deep aspiration to respond to the plight of the Ugandan people.
There are many projects, with lots of tasks to be accomplished. These include:
1. Field-based/on-site tasks:
- Work at our school. Assist in planning and implementing the daily program under the direction of the headteacher; provide educational classes and coaching for any children currently attending our school; and help with the assessment of children in our educational program, so that we can properly accommodate their needs.
- Support quality education through assisting teachers at primary and secondary schools. Organise meetings with teachers and parents, including home visits in order to ensure joint responsibility of children's education; organise and conduct after-school programs and adult learning programs; and set up reading clubs and competitions.
- Train and raise awareness of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as part of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). Integrate MHM in WASH activities in schools and the local community.
- Support entrepreneurship through training women in appropriate saving practices, bookkeeping, loan appraisal and management, conducting business evaluation, and developing loan management tools.
- Develop social enterprises such as sanitary pad production, tailoring businesses, soap production, clean birth kits, etc., through training and design support.
- Advocate for the rights and protection of vulnerable children. Conduct training workshops on children's rights, child marriage, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS; integrate prevention interventions into the organisation's thematic areas; and offer counselling to vulnerable children and their families.
- Support Aflateen/Aflatoun project through training school-children in savings, human rights, child enterprises, and organising and conducting school-based business competitions, etc.
- Work with village health teams (VHTs) and local health facilities on projects, including teaching pregnant mothers on safe birthing preparedness, nutrition, and family planning.
- Organise and conduct community events. Should have an idea of developing games for recreational activities in order to raise awareness of WASH, MHM, domestic violence, HIV/AIDs, and sexual and reproductive health.
- Research the challenges faced by the community, especially vulnerable groups like underprivileged children, HIV-affected people (PLWA), the disabled (PLWD), child mothers, and single mothers.
2. Off-site/office-based activities:
- Project design and development of fundable concepts.
- Develop program impact tracking tools (data entry and collection tools, M&E tools).
- Promote the organisation through social media, blogs and articles, photos, and other marketing materials.
During work days, we provide lunch at our office. For schoolteachers, breakfast and lunch is served at the school. This includes a combination of most of the local foodstuff: rice; meat or fish; beans; matooke; greens; fruit; and more.
Volunteering is free.
To reduce costs associated with volunteering, we are making efforts to have volunteers placed with/at members' homes, but this may not always work due to challenges related with lack of adequate living space, better housing, electricity, etc.
No specific qualification required. Elective students are also welcome. Volunteers should be over 16 years old.
We need help with social media, in order to create awareness and help promote our work.
We also need help translating our website information in French, and at least one more language widely used worldwide.
Finally, we need help with research and fundraising in order to secure funds to spearhead our work in Uganda. This may including finding potential funders, writing and submitting grant proposals, and/or organising fundraising drives/events
Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation (LUYODEFO) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organisation that provides support to marginalised communities across the Rwenzori region of western Uganda.
LUYODEFO was formed in 2003 in response to the plight of children, youth, women, and men impacted greatly by political conflict, disease, extreme poverty, and other detriments in the Rwenzori region in western Uganda. The idea was to create a platform for empowering rural resource communities to contribute to sustainable livelihoods among local, underprivileged communities, in particular focusing on their social and economic well-being.
We are committed to ending social exclusion and discrimination; creating networks for children, youth, and women; increasing access to development services; and empowering all people to reach their potential and take responsibility for their development. Our approaches are very approaches, and place a strong emphasis on active participation from our beneficiaries and their skills and talents.