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