The Children's Day Centre and Boarding school in Kikandwa was started by a small group of female teachers who were born in Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages, in conjunction with the local community members in 2006. They had realized that children in the area were exposed to ignorance and diseases as a result of poverty, the average illiteracy rate being about 70%. The area has many people affected by HIV/AIDS. A number of orphans, over 250, whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS, are living with foster parents e.g. grandparents who are too old to look after them (70 years and above), and others live with friends and well wishers or next of kin.
Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages are amongst those villages which were destroyed by the war in 1980-1986, which took many victims, left many people homeless, or forced them to migrate to big cities e.g. Kampala for their safety. The teaching of the pupils was done by the Church which was the only existing building in the area with only 20 pupils.
The volunteers will support the staff in teaching and organising outdoor activities and sports for the children. Help is also needed in gardening, construction and tree planting projects at the centre. The volunteers will organise outreach programs for the surrounding communities focused on orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV/AIDS awareness. They may also help the communities in small sustainable tourism and income generation projects in the area and help develop and design promotional materials for the centre. The nearest Governmental Hospital is in Wabusana, 7 km away and that’s where the HIV/AIDS awareness program will be conducted.
Duration of the project: 3 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.
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The Children's Day Centre and Boarding school in Kikandwa was started by a small group of female teachers who were born in Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages, in conjunction with the local community members in 2006. They had realized that…