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Goldhearts for Africa Foundation (GAF) is an indigenous Community Based Initiative Conceptualized by Founder Members in 2018 working in South Western Uganda. ‘GOLDHEARTS’ is a short word/phrase which symbolizes a person with a good heart, kindness and/or compassion for others in need and willing to go all the hard way to get them out of their life challenges. GAF is a Multi-Sectoral Organization that promotes inclusive development and Participatory Learning in Development. Goldhearts-GAF therefore; is a Non-partisan Organization in Nature working closely with All People categories Irrespective of Differences, Ethnicity, Disability and Race.
GAF uses Integrated, Strength-based, Human Rights and Empowerment Approaches. GAF is a Rural Based Organization aimed at Consolidating Organized Social Change in Communities geared at improving social-economic livelihoods of the people in rural areas. This has been ensured by tapping into individual interests, talents and capacities; and creating an empowering environment whereby people freely gather a variety of knowledge and skills for self reliance and development.
The vulnerable communities in GAF targeted areas live in extremely poor and under-developed conditions. Their livelihoods are broadly based on subsistence farming with limited opportunity to earn wages. The predominant livelihood systems are; agriculture-based, fishing and simple local trading in semi-urban spots.
GAF has created a Consortium of Professionals such as Social, Community and Development Workers and other Para-professionals working Together for Development of the Community. This created credibility, good-track record, close collaboration with the all stakeholders; local authorities, communities and donors.
GAF is a unique Organization that focuses on sustainable Transformation of Lives of All Vulnerable Persons and Communities such as Children, Youths, Women, Prisoners and Elderly to have Equal Opportunities and Change their Well Being within their Communities.
Consequently, they will have access to better education, adequate primary health care, and employment opportunities, respect the ideals of human rights, peace, good-governance and eventually improved sustainable community development.
The role/expectations What does the work schedule look like? Please give as much detail as possibleVolunteers are expected to work hand in hand with our GAF staff to complete the tasks below and more:
- Sensitizing and training local volunteers,
- Psychosocial skills training and Positive parenting for care givers
- Forming human rights clubs in schools and committees at Sub county level and later the district level;
- Dialogue meetings with local organisations and government departments.
- Business skills training to help the care takers of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children(OVC) to manage their small scale enterprises and get funds for feeding the OVCs.
- Forming village savings and loans associations among others.
What are the Benefits of Volunteering with you? What will you learn?Volunteerism is now a world trend. The usual volunteer concept is of someone physically doing something or passing on a skill in the particular project or country they visit. However at Goldhearts, we regard everyone that comes to stay with us as friends; in fact we are aiming to build a global family. We believe that everyone can have a positive impact on the community, no matter where their skills and interest lie. Even if you feel you don't have a particular skill to pass on, we welcome you with open arms and look forward to helping you find your own special place within our Goldhearts family. Unlike many other projects, where people 'volunteer' in highly structured programs, with a set schedule of activities for the entirety of their stay, at Goldhearts we are much more flexible. Rather than consider your visit as a volunteer mission, we encourage you to immerse yourself within the Kalungu community and think of your time at Goldhearts as a 'life experience.' We have flipped the volunteering idea on its head; our project therefore has no fixed program. Rather we encourage you to find you own area of interest and be self motivated with self conceived ideas of how best you can be involved. It is important that you as a visitor within the community acknowledge that you only support ideas that will positively benefit the surrounding communities. We oppose the 'white saviour' mentality of western visitors coming with the belief that they have all the answers to third world problems. Please remember that the actual 'work' you do while you are within our family, is only a very small part of your visit. Immersing yourself in the local culture; walking side by side with the local people, playing with kids, laughing with adults and building friendships are as important as any structure or skill you leave behind. It is our core belief that it is vitally important for the project to continue to empower the local people but we also truly believe that your experience with us will equally have an positive long term impact on your life. Therefore the interaction between our different cultures is helping us all to grow!
If you Charge Volunteers, please give us the complete break down of any cost involvedIf volunteer wishes to reside in an hotel, he or she will have to incur all related costs.
- ID : 5911
- Type: Living with Host Family Private Room / Community Development
- How many hours of work per day/week: 5 hours
- Languages spoken: English
- Are you able to host volunteers / interns with physical impairments such as mobility limitations (e.g. in a wheelchair), blindness, or deafness?: Yes
- [if yes] Please describe which physical impairments you are able to accommodate, and how you do so: We are capable of hosting a volunteer with a Physical and Visual disability, since some of our targeted beneficiaries are the people with disabilities, it is therefore of great importance to have a person with a similar impairment.
- Do You Charge Volunteers? : No
What does the organization offer?
- Language lessons
- Vegetarian Meals Provided
What Should Volunteer bring and what are they responsible for ?
- Airline tickets
- Bug spray
- Mosquito net
- Rain Coat
- Sun tan lotion
Terms & rules
- Smoking allowed: Yes
- Pets allowed: Yes
- Children allowed: Yes
- Additional rules information
- Although smoking is allowed, one should not smoke while in public places.
Hosted by Goldhearts for Africa Foundation
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