Womens Empowerment

Making a Difference in Uganda
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Coordinator | Beth
Coordinator | Beth
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High­lights

Learn from incredible women
Empower women to start their own businesses
See innovative creation in action
Help the wider community to thrive
Meet a community of strong vibrant women
We partner with Change African Child International (CACI). Volunteers get involved with counseling young women, adult literacy, vocational skills training and more. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

** All Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19**

MDU Women's Empowerment program is partnered with Change African Child International (CACI). CACI’s programs aim to improve girls and women employability prospects by preparing them for quality jobs and helping others succeed as entrepreneurs. Education and decent employment opportunities are the key to helping people get the chance to work themselves out of poverty. The women (young and mature) are taught sustainable income generating skills. CACI provides hands on vocational skills in hairdressing, tailoring, garment cutting, fashion design, knitting, cobbling and shoe production, leather works, hand crafts making and computer training. These skills empower young people to believe in their dreams and to enable acquisition of income so that they can support their household and families. Each training course is complemented with a certificate upon completion.

Once a week, the female volunteers, along with our MDU social worker, council a group of young women on many topics such as: hygiene, women's health, relationships and much more.  

Typical day

Medical Outreach (Tuesdays & Thursday): During our medical outreach programs, we test patients for HIV, hCG and Malaria. We also treat many illnesses and infections, such as: URIs, UTIs, and STIs, GI infections, skin infections and wounds. We provide families with mosquito nets to help prevent future malaria infections and hand out mama kits to expectant mothers. In most health facilities, the supplies needed during delivery are not provided and pregnant women could be turned away if they do not bring them, risking the lives of the mother and baby. Each mama kit we hand out contains everything needed for a safe delivery.  We also hand out reusable sanitary pads to girls and young women, increasing their chances to complete school, work and live successful lives. Every child at our outreaches receives deworming tablets and vitamin A. Both are necessary for healthy growth and development. All treatment, including the medication and supplies, are provided free of charge. Our medical team includes: MDU doctors, nurses, lab manager, support staff, people from the local villages and our volunteers from all over the world. Every outreach is a unique and rewarding experience. 

Women’s Empowerment (Wednesday morning):  Volunteers will participate in a local Woman’s Empowerment Program. MDU partners with Change African Child International (CACI). At CACI, women are taught sustainable income generating skills. For example: tailoring, hairdressing, cooking, adult literacy and gardening. Once a week, the female volunteers, along with our MDU social worker, council a group of young women on many topics such as: hygiene, women's health, relationships and much more.  

Kisenyi Program (Monday, all day & Wednesday afternoon): MDU works with the street connected kids in Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala. According to government estimates, as many as 15,000 children, ages 7-17, mostly boys, live on the streets in Kampala. Twice a week, the MDU staff and volunteers gather a group of street-connected boys and bring them to the program site. There, the boys get counseling, play fun games and receive a nutritious meal. Due to the poor conditions on the streets, the boys often come to the program with wounds, illnesses and infections. The MDU staff and volunteers treat the children during program and arrange for follow-up care at the nearby clinic if necessary. The goal of our program is resettlement. When possible, MDU re-connects the kids with their families or finds other options to keep them safe. MDU also has a sponsorship program making it possible for kids to go to school and get an education. 

School visits, Clinic visits, Home visits, Excursions (Friday) 

Free time & Excursions (Saturday & Sunday)

Free-time activities

In your free time, there are 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 organized 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
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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
required
Required Documents
2 References will be required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience working with women is great but there is no skills required. Just an open mind.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Making a Difference in Uganda
Fees includes accommodation in our beautiful House, full day orientation, 24/7 in country support, specific site orientation, program fees and 3 local meals at the MDU House. 

Volunteers have access to a full kitchen to stock food and drink of their choice, at their own expense.. Volunteers can also eat of at any one of the many restaurants available at their own expense.

In country transport provided with gas assistance from volunteers for MDU van or taxi at volunteer’s expense.
Airport Pickup at Entebbe International Airport

Our house staff will pick you up from the airport.

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a lovely house with 24 hour security. The house has beautiful dorm rooms and are shared with volunteers  of the same sex.  Each dorm room has its own full western style bathroom with hot water. The house also has a large common area with a TV,  quiet reading areas, a full kitchen, wifi and beautiful grounds overlooking Lake Victoria.

Food & Beverages

The MDU house mother will cook 3 local meals a day. There are also plenty of restaurants locally that you can eat out at. Local food on the street is a couple of dollars for a meal, buying food to cook at the supermarket can vary depending on what you cook. There is a full kitchen available to volunteers. Most meals at a restaurant are about $10 USD.

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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

 This program can be done anytime of the year. We will conduct a full day orientation when you arrive, usually on a Monday.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$150
2 weeks
$300
2 weeks
$300
3 weeks
$450
3 weeks
$450
4 weeks
$600
4 weeks
$600
8 weeks
$1,200
8 weeks
$1,200
16 weeks
$2,400
16 weeks
$2,400
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7,500
Average fees
$150 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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Womens Empowerment

We partner with Change African Child International (CACI). Volunteers get involved with counseling young women, adult literacy, vocational skills training and more.

$150/week

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