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Bwera, Kasese-Uganda

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Mama Dorika’s Island of Happiness –MDIH is an imaginary island portraying the character and the happiness widows and orphans got after receiving an aid from Dorika (Dorcus), a renown apostle of Jesus for her Devoted Service of assisting the poor, Orphans and Widows (Acts 9:36-41). Owing to the services rendered by this organization similar to that of Dorika and the fact that goodness is a virtue among the gods, the above name was reached. Are you sobbing, abused, neglected, or marginalized, please run very fast to this island where you will be soothed and Cherished; where sorrows shall be turned into songs and get reassurance of life.

Mama Dorika’s Island of Happiness-MDIH was founded on 6thJune, 2015 for the Purpose of providing caring services for Orphans, Widows, Disabled Children and Children living with HIV/AIDS in Bukonzo West Constituency and the Surrounding Rwenzori region. We believe that every person deserves both physical and emotional care for his well being and development.

Likewise the agencies operating in Kasese District and some other international humanitarian organizations, volunteers and well-wishers have recommended the activities of Mama Dorika’s Island Of Happiness-MDIH and promised to improve Capacity building in order to create participation at  community level such that we can achieve sustainable result from the activities to their communities especially the Widows, orphans and disabled children.

This organization does not discriminate on grounds of one’s race, color, language, religion and sex considering that all humans were created in God’s image just like Dorika used to do.

Mama Dorika’s Island of Happiness-MDIH is a community based organization registered with the Ugandan National Board of NGOs and CBOs under REG.NO CBO/1835. We welcome volunteers from both Uganda and internationally. We have many programs in place working in the western region of Uganda. We want to incorporate in our team volunteers who can bring us fresh ideas, new skills and enthusiasm to our organisation.

Our projects are open for all volunteers, and we work hard to tailor a volunteer program to individual skills and preferences. We do not require any specific skills but look for committed enthusiastic people who will be willing to learn, contribute and immerse themselves in life here. Being the official language of Uganda we do require proficient communication in English. We welcome volunteers of all nationalities, faiths and beliefs of 18 years and above both males and Females.

We have a wide range of activities that volunteers can get involved with from practical field work to administrative and fundraising tasks for both short and long stays. Our team of staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming and they will endeavour to ensure your time here is as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible. Volunteering with us can give you the opportunity to enhance our organisation and the lives of people within the local communities, exchanging experience, knowledge and ideas, together with learning new skills. We would like you to be able to experience some of our konzoculture and hope to form close friendships so you can continue to support us and return if you wish to do so. We will make sure that as well as some hard work during your time here there is lots of fun and socialising too.

We can’t Wait to host you!

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    The role/expectations What does the work schedule look like? Please give as much detail as possible

    ROLES/EXPECTACTIONS
    Mama Dorika`s main programs are Public Health, Education, Agriculture and Income Generating Activities, Environmental conservation, Human Rights and Social Justice.Regardless of your background or previous experience, there is flexibility of   what project/s you would like to get involved with.
    We have identified some areas that you may wish to focus on:
    • Medical/ health – those with some medical training/ background/ interest, to help in rural health centres, hospitals and provide health education to different groups within the community and work with our HIV and malaria projects
    • Education/ teaching – education of our Functional Adult Learning and Life Skills groups.
    We can also link you to local primary and secondary schools where some of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) we support attend classes. When you come we will give you an opportunity to work with different groups, you will teach children and adults particularly women and girls because we have Functional Adult Literacy Programs for marginalized and vulnerable groups like women and girls who missed their studies as a result of many factors. You will also have an opportunity to perform charity work, brick baking, Farming, photography, doing both administrative and community work, drama in schools, communities and public places especially with our trained community peer educators. You will have an exciting moment both in schools and communities because we will use drama as a medium for dissemination of information in a number of aspects like HIV/AIDS a awareness and prevention, promotion of Health Behaviours, Human rights etc Skills: Teachers who can teach English (basic conversation) skills to grown up girls and women or volunteers who can teach specific skills to women like making artificial jewellery, paper bags, knitting, stitching, handiwork etc are welcome.
    • Sports– help us in fundraising for our soccer academy, tactical training, fitness coaching, game reading etc. www.facebook.com/bsasportsforall/ 
    • Music, Dance and Drama (MDD)– help our peer educators with MDD sessions for both HIV awareness and for general enjoyment
    • Workshops and training– help train our peer educators, staff and community in areas you are knowledgeable in and feel would be beneficial e.g. IT skills, vocational skills, financial and business skills etc
    • Agriculture– help the local communities with their small scale farming i.e. setting up Kitchen Gardens for our Widows and the Mothers of Disabled Children.
    • Management and administration – this involves helping our staff with the day to day running of the organization and any new improvements you can bring. This includes monitoring and evaluation of projects, marketing, advertising, social networking, legal affairs, website designing, proposal writing and staff training
    • Fundraising – both helping us with local fundraising ideas and larger scale proposal writing, fund mobilisation and lobbying
    • Business planning and management-Empowering Communities with trainings in business and Income Generating Projects/Activities to improve their livelihoods
    • Photography, web designing and graphic design, making short documentary about our projectsin slum areas are welcome
    • Human resource management and administrative work
    • Internships and Research work/Dissertations, volunteers /students will have placement opportunities in Mama Dorika’s Island Of Happiness-MDIH and Partner Institutions and Organisations
    • Monitoring and evaluation project work-Volunteers will have opportunity to have field outreaches to monitor and supervise various projects and programmes both for non state actors and Local Governments most especially those implemented by Mama Dorika’s Island of Happiness-MDIH. • Micro-finance-Training various women and youth groups in Investments Opportunities, this is through the Functional Adult and Financial LiteracyProgrammes
    • Net Working, Collaboration and Partnerships:
    Mama Dorika’s Island of Happiness-MDIH has many partners both local Governments, Non state actors, Institutions, Churches and Communities, so the volunteers will be attached to various places to gain theoretical and practical skills, knowledge and more experience We welcome volunteers to get involved with as many areas of our organisation as they wish and create individually tailored programs. Your input and ideas are valuable to us and if you have a specific new project in mind or skills you wish to share we can try to cater for this. For those able to do some fundraising activities prior to their stay and would like to see the funds go to a particular cause, please feel free to discuss this with us. On arrival you will have a day of orientation. This will give you time to get settled, for us to show you around, give you all the information you will need and for you to raise any question or concerns to us.
    Work Schedule 
    4-7 hours a day, minimum stay 2-3 weeks
    
    

    What are the Benefits of Volunteering with you? What will you learn?

    During a volunteer`s stay with us, we help him or her to arrange for his trips in the free time allocated for them, we are located in the Western Uganda that is endowed with very many geographical sites that are a Must see! These sites include among others:
    • The Queen Elizabeth national Park
    • Katwe Salt Mining Lake
    • Kilembe Mines
    • Kiwa Heritage hot spring
    • Sempaya hot spring
    • Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru ( Rock with Female Breasts with flowing breast milk)
    • The Uganda-Congo Border international Market
    • Kitagata Hot spring
    • Lake Edward
    • Lake George
    • Kazinga Channel with the largest school of Hippos in the World.
    • The Nice Culture.
    SAFETY AND WELL-BEING   The safety and well-being of our volunteers is our priority and we work to ensure that this is the case for the duration of your stay with us. We ensure you are escorted by a member of staff when necessary, that you are informed of all the relevant safety issues within the town and that wherever you are staying there is appropriate security. Your belongings are your own responsibly. We ask that on your behalf you also take responsibility for you own safety by following our advice and guidance. Bwera Town and the surrounding region generally safe and you should encounter no problems if you are sensible. On arrival you will be allocated a specific person who will act as an informal mentor should you have any concerns, issues or problems you wish to rise. Other Rights and Privileges include;
    • Right to communicate with Loved ones and Family
    • Right to eat food of choice
    • Right to access free wifi in the volunteer host family
    • Right to Speak challenges to the volunteer coordinator
    • Right to Ugandan free SIM card if need be

    If you Charge Volunteers, please give us the complete break down of any cost involved

    Being a grassroot organization, Mama Dorika`s Island Of happiness-MDIH do charge a small fee as a shared cost for the betterment of the Volunteer program. it is broken down as follows; a) Meals......................$20 b) Transport across fields [fuel] ............$20 c) Claen Water ................$10 d) 24 hour emergency support.........$20 The organization also shares a cost with a volunteer from the Airport to the Project which is also $25, so if we pay for you Airport pickup, you also pay the $25 when you go back and one of our team members escorts a volunteer and first witness how the plane takes off. NB. The costs above applies for only one week a volunteer finishes with us.

    Details

    • ID : 3766
    • How many hours of work per day/week: 4-7
    • Type of weather : Hot and Cold
    • Languages spoken: English

    Features

    What does the organization offer?

    • All Meals Provided
    • Breakfast
    • Electricity
    • Internet
    • Language lessons
    • Lunch
    • Vegetarian Meals Provided

    What Should Volunteer bring and what are they responsible for ?

    • Airline tickets
    • Bug spray
    • Mosquito net
    • Pants/Jeans
    • Rain Coat
    • Shorts
    • Sun tan lotion
    • Sweater
    • transportation
    • Visa

    Terms & rules

    • Smoking allowed: No
    • Pets allowed: No
    • Children allowed: Yes

    Availability

    • The minimum stay is 7 nights

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