Women & Girl Empowerment Volunteer Project
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Lwanga Zone LC1, Kibuye Parish, Makindye Division West Constituency
P.O. Box 29523, Kampala, Uganda – East Africa
Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group and rural women in particular are more economically disadvantaged. The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long term development.
Although women have great contribution to the African socio-economic development, in Uganda, they still remain among the most vulnerable members of the society. Women face many challenges including; discrimination, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education, unequal rights, poverty, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection; which is directly attributed to the long-standing patriarchal traditions and extreme poverty.
These challenges are especially difficult to overcome for women, as there are fewer jobs available to them, and family concerns can often monopolize their time. Gender roles in rural Uganda still adhere to traditional and cultural codes. When a family is struggling economically, girls are more likely than boys to be taken out of school to help with income-generating activities or agricultural labor, and they are more likely to be married at a young age.
“Investing in women is said to be a key to development. Educate her, buy her a cow or goat, or help her start a business and great things will follow: sustained increases in income, greater empowerment and social inclusion, health and education for the children, mental health and happiness.”
When you teach a woman to fish, everybody eats.” In countries like Uganda where economic development has stalled and millions live in poverty, investing in livelihood development for women is not simply an issue of women’s empowerment -it is also a cutting-edge investment in poverty alleviation and economic development for the future”.
Given the opportunity to earn a living, women spend their income on food, medicine, and schooling for their families. They marry later, have fewer children, and enjoy greater autonomy within their households and communities. They work long hours and save determinedly to give their children a better life. In doing so, they ensure that the next generation is stronger, healthier, and skilled enough to engage in tomorrow’s economy.
Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation works with local communities to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances, and empower them to reach their full potential, through five key programs:
a) Education (literacy) — rights and life skills
b) Saving and micro-credit through cooperative groups
c) Income generative skills training— agricultural and non-agricultural products
d) Women’s health and maternity education
e) Teaching English language for young women
The main objective for this project is to empower and equip rural women especially those families living in rural and slum areas with tailored practical training, knowledge and skills in their farming by turning subsistence farming into profitable small enterprises. The project provides training in a range of improved farming practices, introducing better livestock breeds and crop species, techniques to farm sustainably and prevent soil erosion, and help participants acquire new skills such as bee-keeping, aquaculture and managing small businesses such as the production and sale of indigenous African crafts such as jewelry, baskets, and mats; and the raising and sale of goats for profit.
The Volunteer’s Role and Job Description
The Volunteer opportunities are many and varied in this projects - poverty reduction program – small business skills, IT and administration experience, agriculture, alternative technology, product design and marketing – all these skills and more will be welcome in this volunteer project. Volunteers in this field are role models and may conduct sensitization trainings on management, finance, and enterprise development, reproductive health, counseling, vocational skills, and self-esteem building; develop savings and micro-credit opportunities; offer free medical services; develop small grant proposals, research for funding agencies and raise funds for local women projects; and help explore possible market for women’s products. Empowering women will not only improve their leadership skills but will also teach them about independence, initiative and self-motivation.
As a volunteer, you will undertake various roles during your volunteer project placement. You will take on a leadership and management role with a passion for micro-enterprise development, poverty reduction and social entrepreneurship in rural Uganda and perform tasks such as: -
- Develop and implement strategic marketing plans and sales plans for products
- Oversees and evaluates market research and adjusts marketing strategy to meet changing market and competitive conditions.
- Developing and writing of business plans
- Developing marketing strategies
- Conducting workshops and Providing business guidance and support
- Provide Practical business skills training including finance, people management and customer care.
- Business coaching and mentoring to guide entrepreneurs
- Establishing of Financing opportunities for business growth
Who is Eligible for this Program?
No specific qualifications or previous experience is required to join the women empowerment project. However, volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred. Participants should bring both enthusiasm and humility to their projects. Volunteers are expected to be independent and creative, bring ideas to the table, be respectful to organization leadership and work collaboratively.
For more information, please visit our website at www.africasustainabletourism.org or contact us by email at email@example.com
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Complete and submit our online application form with the details of your chosen program and dates. You will then receive an email confirming that ASTCF has received your application. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your ASTCF Principle Program Consultant acknowledging your application and confirming the project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive more information about your chosen program, as well as details on how to pay the non refundable deposit on your program of US$150 which is required to validate and initiate the application process and to secure your placement. It will only take you a short time to complete this form: Online application.
For more information, please visit our website at www.africasustainabletourism.org or contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org