Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) (UGA-76)


Type: Youth, Elderly, Disadvantaged, Community, Children - Country: Uganda

Brief description and main aims

 
Missionaries of the Poor is a small community run by a religious congregation of missionaries, which aims to give a free and joyful service to the local needy children, youths and elderly people residing in the community. It is a Catholic church founded and run project. Most of the residents of this area are refugees from Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and abandoned children / elderly people.

Main Activities

  • MOP offers services to the poor e.g visit slums and give scholastic materials for children, basic needs for families, physical and psychological support.
  • MOP takes care of orphans and abandoned children by giving them shelter, food and medical support.The community has housing for all its residents.
  • MOP also supports children with disabilities (these are not many as compared to the others).
  • Some of the brothers at MOP are doctors,nurses e.t.c so they visit people in nearby communities and offer free medical help.
  • MOP takes care of elderly people and provide housing for them.

Volunteer tasks

Some of the volunteer's tasks include:

  • Feeding children, some  may be handicapped,
  • Making sure the residential and compound are kept clean
  • Helping out with the cooking
  • Playing with the children
  • Being with the children during their free time for sports

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:

  • be ready to integrate with the residents at the project.
  • have motivation and love for children, some of whom are handicapped or with special needs.
  • have some knowledge of small touch therapy (not a must have though).
  • be able to speak English and also ready to learn new languages.
  • be able to adapt easily to new environments especially to ones that are out of their comfort zone.
  • be open minded, always able to express their feelings good or bad, a people person.
  • be creative

Location

The project is located in the neighbouring slums of Kampala in a place called Kisenyi.

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