Education Assistant & Teaching Supporter Education Assistant & Teaching Supporter Kisoro, Uganda Footsteps Through Africa Non-profit | Footsteps Through Africa
Assisting with teaching, extra lessons for struggling students and education with our local teaching staff. Help us improve the general education standards in Rubuguri.
Medical & Healthcare Assistance Rubuguri, Uganda Footsteps Through Africa Non-profit | Footsteps Through Africa
Assisting with general well being, public health, blood tests and education with our local medical staff. Help us improve the general medical standards in Rubuguri.

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Project Details

FTA is a non-profit company dedicated to implementing and supporting community requested education and development projects around Southern & East Africa

Footsteps Through Africa is a non-profit company dedicated to implementing and supporting community requested education and development projects around Southern and East Africa, in addition to supporting pre-existing community projects.


Footsteps Through Africa funded by Footsteps Tours - our tour operator - which supports all of our ongoing projects, and funds all of the administration costs of the non-profit Footsteps Through Africa, ensuring that all monetary donations go directly towards the cause.


Footsteps Through Africa was founded by Jo Cooper in Rubuguri, Uganda, in 2015. After spending many years working as a tour guide and travelling all over Southern and East Arica, Jo got to know communities in need all over the continent, but it wasn't until he met Stella that Jo truly realised the impact an organisation like Footsteps could have. Stella was a 12-year-old orphaned girl in Uganda, whose dedication to her education inspired Jo and opened his eyes to how much a little bit of support can go along way. At the age of 12, Stella had joined a local singing and dancing group to try to make enough money to put herself through school. Upon learning this, Jo offered to sponsor her schooling. The appreciation shown, not just by her, but the entire community was overwhelming. That was the start of Footsteps Through Africa’s first project: a student sponsorship program. From then on, Footsteps has continued to grow.


What we want to avoid is assuming the priorities of various communities. Instead, we learn from the local people by living alongside them and getting to know them, and understanding what would best benefit the people of each particular community. This experience would then guide our resources and the nature of our projects.


We also aim to empower these communities by providing jobs and helping develop existing community projects.


All of our projects in Uganda have been requested by the community and are run and managed by community members. Our volunteers spend time working side by side with the local people to make our projects as successful as possible. Whether volunteers are teaching at our Footsteps primary school, working at the local health clinic, developing our Community Centre or hosting reading classes and extra lessons at the Footsteps library, they will be having a direct impact on the lives of the people that they get to know over their time volunteering.


During volunteers' time with us, they will have an opportunity to work at each of our projects in the area before deciding which project they would like to focus on, where they feel they could personally have the biggest impact.


Rubuguri is a very small, rural village in the mountainous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The closest town is roughly a 1.5-hour drive away. Volunteers coming to spend time here should be flexible, open-minded people with a spirit for adventure! Electricity in the village is very temperamental, and can be relied upon about half the time. The tropical climate brings in heavy rainfall and humidity, and the high altitude brings in cold temperatures during the night. Being relatively isolated, there is not easy access to bigger shops, although essentials are available in the village. Visitors will get a true insight into the village and way of life in Uganda; an unforgettable and eye-opening experience!


Uganda also has a huge amount to offer in terms of tourism, and Rubuguri is in the heart of it all! During volunteers' time with us, they will have free time allocated to exploring a bit more of the country and getting to know this beautiful area that hosts one of the largest diversities of wildlife in Africa. Optional activities include gorilla trekking, volcano hikes, lake bunyonyi cruises, safaris, to name only a few. Volunteers are also able to combine their volunteering time with one of our Footsteps tours through Uganda, which offers 16 exciting days exploring all that this beautiful country has to offer.   

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Contact Person
Jo Cooper
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Each of our Footsteps projects address their own individual issues, therefore, each project has its own goals and objectives. Uganda has had an horrific, violent history since their Independence, which has had a major impact on the economy, development and education, specifically in the more rural parts of the country.


By having projects that focus on various needs in the community, we are able to make a broader difference within the community, and not just support a specific need, but rather have an impact on a variety of needs in the area.


Over the passed 2 years we have been successful in:


  • Assisting with the construction of a pre-existing primary school, giving the less privileged children in the area an opportunity to get an above-average education, in addition to providing the school with basic supplies, and 2 meals at school each day for the students and staff. In August of 2017, we partnered up with the school, inviting them to be a part of our volunteer program; they were very happy to accept. Both the teachers and students have loved working with the volunteers. Volunteers here have a chance to bring in some fresh ideas to the teaching methods, in addition to working with the local teachers in order to enhance the students' education, learning a lot about education in Uganda.

  • We have built a self sustaining Community Centre, where we have created a comfortable area for tourists and locals alike to get insight into the local culture and history of the area, local farming, and educating the community on sustainable farming and business skills. Volunteers spend time taking visitors around the Community Centre, getting involved with the wood carvers and jewellery makers, and assisting with the general running of the Centre.
  • Our Footsteps library in the village has provided reading materials and educational books to the entire community, which has been a first in the area. Here, we also hold literacy classes and extra lessons for struggling students in the area. In addition, we have a classroom at the back of the library where volunteers are able to host public health presentations and assist students with homework.
  • The Bwindi Health Link is a private clinic that was started up by a medical officer from the village. The aim is to provide good quality, affordable medical care to the whole community. Footsteps has been supporting the clinic by donating medical equipment and medication over the last year, in addition to the all-important volunteers, whom assist with medical check-ups and education on health and general well being.

We want to avoid assuming the priorities of various communities. Instead, we learn from the local people by living alongside them and getting to know them, and understanding what would best benefit the people of each particular community. This experience would then guide our resources and the nature of our projects.


We also aim to empower these communities by providing jobs and helping develop existing community projects.


During volunteers' time with us, they will have an opportunity to work at each of our projects in the area before deciding which project they would like to focus on, where they feel they could personally have the biggest impact.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals
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