Slums Outreach

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Coordinator | Hannah
Coordinator | Hannah


Inspire vulnerable boys to change their lives for the better
Meet the funny, incredible boys we work with
Give these kids hope for better futures
Help the boys transition out of the slums
Provide much needed medical care
This program focuses on a group of boys who live on the streets of Kisenyi slum. We provide food, basic medical care and play games with them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our slums program is in partnership with a local organization where we work with a group of vulnerable boys. The boys are aged 10-20 years and typically we have about 30-50 boys we work with. Many of them have run away from home due to mistreatment, poverty or death of parents. On the street they have to fight to survive against sleep deprivation, malnutrition, disease and abuse. We do a program with them where we gather them up, play music, dance and play games. Working with our local team we counsel them on decision making, the use of drugs, possibilities outside of the slums and their lives. Many have cuts and grazes which we treat and bandage. We also provide them with food, water and fruit. The biggest part of this is to ensure they know they have options and that there is people that care about them.

Typical day

This program is often done in conjunction with our medical program or after another program. 

2pm: Meet at the clinic in Kisenyi to gather the boys

2:30pm: Start program with the boys, talk to them about their lives, get them up to answer questions, talk about alternative solutions
Gather anyone who needs wound care or medical attention and treat accordingly
Play music and dance

4:30pm: Distribute food and water

5pm: Depart slums

Free-time activities

In your free time there is many options for activities! A lot of our volunteers like to take extended weekends to do safari, gorilla trekking or adventure water sports. All of these are at the volunteers own cost, but are organised through our local partners to ensure the best price and experience. Our close proximity to Kampala means there is plenty of opportunity to explore the craft markets, eat local food and go to local events including soccer games. We encourage volunteers to travel on their weekends and will help arrange trips or activities. 
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience working with children is great, but anyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday and Thursday

What's Included

Services by Making a Difference in Uganda
These fees include your accommodation in our beautiful bungalow style house (more below), full day orientation for your first day, your program guide to help you prepare, 24/7 in country support and direction, organisation of your placement, and some meals.

Airport Pickup at Entebbe International Airport
Our program director will pick you up from the airport.
You will be accommodated in a lovely and secure bungalow style unit which you will share with someone of the same sex. Each unit has two bedrooms, a common area, kitchen and western bathroom. They all have hot water and access to wifi. 
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Included in the program fee is some meals. All breakfasts are provided and some lunches and dinners. Where volunteers choose to eat out is at their own expense. There is a supermarket located nearby to pick up snacks or other items. 
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Uganda.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Uganda provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This program operates twice a week in conjunction with our other programs but you can participate any time

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 504
8 weeks
$ 1,008
16 weeks
$ 2,016
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 6,300
Average fees
$ 126 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Making a Difference in Uganda will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Making a Difference in Uganda during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Slums Outreach

This program focuses on a group of boys who live on the streets of Kisenyi slum. We provide food, basic medical care and play games with them.


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