Hope Children’s Academy and Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda

Beacon of Hope Uganda runs orphanage/children’s centre at The Hope Centre in Kasala village, Uganda. With limited staff, resources and facilities, we are struggling to provide care, love and support to these lovely children. Being hugely understaffed, we have few learning or extra-curricular activities. Beacon of Hope Uganda through its domestic and international volunteers is able to provide the facility with support and help. These could be in the form of improving the existing facilities, assisting the staff, teaching and helping with the general running and administration of the school and children’s centre. Volunteers usually help in refurbishing existing buildings, improving facilities, teaching Basic English, drawing, drama, conducting games etc.

Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda
Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda

At this children’s centre and school you are typically greeted with big hugs, toothless smiles and children curious to touch and get your attention. These children are here due to poverty, disabilities, and homelessness and also as the only way to attend school. You can make a lasting difference in these young lives. You can care for children in many ways. Often no special skills are required, as volunteers are needed to spend time playing, reading, exercising and share time with the children. Since we are short-staffed and the volunteers’ attention gives the children the extra love they need.

The need is expansive and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable. You can help expand and maintain daycare facilities or help conduct recreational activities, swimming lessons, teach classes and serve meals. If you have first-hand experience working with children with disabilities, professionally or personally, your expertise can be especially useful in this project. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, you can be a valuable resource to demonstrate the universal language of love, compassion and make a difference to the children’s’ lives!

Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda
Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda

Placement duration: 1 week minimum

Placement Location: Mukono, Uganda

Placement Booking Fee: USD$ 100 (Paid Upon acceptance in the Program)

Airport Pickup: USD$85

Placement Fee:

1 Week -USD$200

2 Weeks – USD$300

3 Weeks – USD$ 400

4 Weeks – USD$ 500

(Covering 3 meals a day, Accommodation, Water and Ground Support)

E-mail: beaconyouths@yahoo.com

Website: http://beaconofhopeug.org

Volunteer Life

BoHU Volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in.  The BoHU Headquarters are housed at The Hope Centre in Kasala village and this serves as our center for logistics, administration and daily meetings.  Volunteers are housed at the Mukono Travelers’ Home and this allows volunteers to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends.  During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings.  We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world.   Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.

Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda
Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda

Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Mukono lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize.  BoHU is located just 60 minutes from either Jinja or Kampala where day tours can be organized to visit the source of the mighty river Nile, white water rafting and Mabira forest which showcase incredible biodiversity, including hundreds of birds and nature walks.  No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT ACCOMODATION

Mukono Travelers’ Home

Beacon of Hope Uganda started Mukono Travelers’ Home as a place to host volunteers and to start offices for the organization. The guesthouse consists of one big house with kitchen, bathroom and living room and “live in maid” room. The home is primarily aimed at volunteers, but others are welcome to stay (expats, tourists and travelers of all sorts).

The home is a great place to hang your hat and rest your weary bones and to enjoy fascinating Mukono and surrounding towns.

For volunteers, it is a place to relax after the intense experiences of the day, and to discuss these with other volunteers. From the home, we can help arrange trips and expeditions around the country including wildlife safaris, mountaineering, white water rafting and so many other activities.

Volunteers staying at this home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. All income from this facility is used to support the projects of BoHU and other humanitarian projects.

Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda
Children’s Centre- Volunteering in Uganda

Accommodation at this home is in dorm rooms, accommodating up to 20 people when full. There are between 2-4 beds per room depending on the size of the room and the time of year you come (off-season there will commonly be 1-2 per room). The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.

Most people who stay here are travelling alone and so it gives an opportunity for people to live with and make friends with other travelers and volunteers. We offer a safe and family-like environment in which to come to Uganda and give your time. We offer pre-arrival support by answering your questions about Uganda and by finding a project that best fits your skills and interests (if you are to volunteer).

Beacon of Hope Uganda Begins 2017 with News of Grant Award

Beacon of Hope Uganda is honored to announce the receipt of a grant award from Lions Club of Hamburg – Harburg in Germany, and the support goes directly to fund our Hope Mixed Farm and the Livestock project and the profits from the project will go to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty under our programs at The Hope Centre. The support came through with the support of our great partners howareyou– in Germany.

Livestock Project - Beacon of Hope Uganda
Livestock Project – Beacon of Hope Uganda

The grant award will allow BoHU to cover the cost of the livestock program and help the children we currently serve!

The key objective of the program centers on Building sustainability of the organization.

At Beacon of Hope Uganda we believe long term success begins and grows at the community level.  With the intent of reducing donor reliance, we have introduced various projects aimed at raising an income for operational expenses of the school and the Hope Centre in general. We have introduced the livestock farm project, food growing project and other projects will be introduced soon. At the moment our sponsorship program provides funding to 100% of all school attendees

The livestock farm project will provide milk, food, eggs for the children and an income for the centre.  This would allow The Hope Centre to embark on an income generating venture to bring a sustainable income to the school and in turn fully support the orphans and vulnerable children.

Livestock Project - Beacon of Hope Uganda
Livestock Project – Beacon of Hope Uganda

This farming project includes a chicken/egg production building that will house 500 chickens, a pigsty, a goat’s house, a heifer kraal and a caretaker’s room and a store. At the Hope Centre there will be a ready  garden for a variety of vegetables to be harvested on a regular basis.

The surplus produce that will not go to feed the vulnerable and orphaned children will be sold in the local markets for additional provisions.  This livestock farm initiative is a win-win situation because it will allow the children to enjoy a more nutritious and varied diet as well as a badly needed income to support other expenses from the school.
We are so grateful to our friends at howareyou from Germany

Thank you always our donors and supporters.

Kindest regards,

Isaac Ssamba

Executive Chairman

E-mail: info@beaconofhopeug.org

Construction Volunteer Project in Rural Uganda

Whether you are on a gap year, summer vacation, or career break, if you want to get your hands dirty and see physical results from your volunteer work overseas, Beacon of Hope Uganda Construction Volunteer Project in Uganda may be just the thing for you!

Construction Volunteer Project
Construction Volunteer Project

Construction volunteers work in Uganda is involved in helping to construct a community social center, rural health center, skills training center for rural and rural child development center.

Working with Local Communities in Uganda on a construction volunteer Project, Volunteers work alongside the local builders and carpenters, assisting with all levels of building and construction. The basic buildings are made using traditional methods and local materials. The construction techniques are simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited facilities.

Construction Volunteer Project
Construction Volunteer Project

At this same project site, there are other activities ranging from Teaching and Care projects. The work we do here is reflected by community demands. This project will allow us to make a sustainable difference that will not only make a significant impact on the lives of the local children but also benefit the society as a whole.

The work of the volunteers on the Community construction volunteer Project in Uganda is varied but may include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing a roof, plastering, or putting the finishing coat of paint on a completed house.

The building work takes place early in the morning and late in the afternoon so you’ll have plenty of time to get involved in the community you are working in. Some volunteers combine the Building project alongside a Care or Teaching placement. The site we work on is overseen by a qualified builder from the community who will help volunteers with the construction process.

Construction Volunteer Project
Construction Volunteer Project

You do not need previous building experience to take part in this project; although anyone who does have any relevant skills will be very welcome and will be able to take on a more specialized role. All volunteers should, however, be reasonably fit and physically active, and be prepared for working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

This project is available for less than a month if you don’t have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected as being suitable for shorter duration for both the host community and the volunteer.

Costs:

Booking Fee:

After you have been accepted into the project by the volunteer coordinator, then you will have to pay a non-refundable $100 booking fee. Since we started, the numbers of volunteers applying has increased by each year. Unfortunately only a third of those who promise that they will come, have in fact arrived. The wastage in volunteer coordinators’ time and the fact that volunteers who could have come were refused due to holding the space for someone else who didn’t turn up, has forced us implement this. We hope that by implementing the fee, only serious volunteers will thus secure the chance to volunteer in our projects.

The booking fee will go towards paying for communication expenses incurred by the coordinators to keep in touch with you and the projects, and website maintenance. You will be given 3 weeks to pay from the time of acceptance.

Program fees:

1 week- USD$200

2 weeks-USD$300

3 weeks- USD$400

4 weeks- USD$500

The program fees can be paid upon arrival or before departure for proper preparations of your placement.

Additional Fees: USD$ 85 Airport pickup for arrival paid upon arrival.

Program fees covers:

  • Pre-service (e.g. culture, health talk, program orientation, training etc);
  • 1 day sightseeing guide fee around Kampala or Jinja, Equator, world heritage sites, (e.g. game parks, zoos, museums, rivers etc)
  • Accommodation, Laundry and food during placement with a host family or volunteer house (3 meals a day);
  • Regular follow up support
  • Support for local staff and volunteers;

When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to our orientation place in Mukono. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 3 days in our orientation program. This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Transportation during weekends travel
  • Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc);
  • Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
  • Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any;
  • Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
  • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
  • You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $50-100 to cater for all your other expenses.
Construction Volunteer Project
Construction Volunteer Project

Want to Apply?

Great thanks for choosing Beacon of Hope Uganda

Please send us your resume, attach a photo, skills and interests and how long would you like to stay in Uganda and which project interests you, we shall get back to you within 48hours.

E-mail: beaconyouths@yahoo.com