Uganda Youth and Women’s Effort Fighting Aids (UGA-52)


Type: Women, Health - Country: Uganda

Brief description and main aims

Uganda Youth and Women’s Effort Fighting AIDS (UYWEFA) was established in 2007 by people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Kazo Parish Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District as a community based nonprofit organisation with registration number WCBO 355/07.

Our Vision is to see an HIV free society. UYWEFA’s mission is to improve the livelihood of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through health, education and economic empowering programs.

UYWEFA initially begun supporting HIV infected and affected households with home based care services that included HIV counselling and testing, and nutritional and psychosocial support.

Today, the organization has expanded to provide formal education and vocational training opportunities to three hundred (300) Orphans and Vulnerable Children; youth friendly services such as videography to one hundred (100) young people infected with HIV/AIDS and those at risk; and economic empowerment opportunities (village loan saving associations) and Psychosocial support for fifty (50) single mothers living with HIV/AIDS.

Main Activities

UYWEFA works to provide people who have been infected or affected by HIV with the following:

  • formal education and vocational training opportunities
  • youth friendly services
  • economic empowerment opportunities
  • psychosocial support 

Volunteer tasks

Possible roles withinin the project for the volunteer include

  1. Coaching football and athletics (male) volunteer
  2. Filming and videography volunteer
  3. Community center volunteer (to assist in various activities, like teaching English and Maths,engage in community workshops, management skills, spreading awareness)
When it comes to the children in kindergarten the volunteer can help them with homework and by teaching them how to read alphabetical letters. They can also work with local staff so they can learn the ugandan education system.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:

  • demonstrate self-motivation
  • ne patient
  • have an open minded attitude and respect for local culture, traditions and dress code
  • teach mathematics or English to young children (6-8years or 10 -15 years) -teaching as a profession is not required
  • enjoy working with children 
  • be able to learn and work with the team

 

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers will live with a community host family, s/he will have their own private room but will have their meals with the family, living conditions are all African style.

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