Education Projects in Uganda
Jinja Education Project
In order for children and youth to reach their full potential and rise from the grip of poverty, education is paramount; however, many schools in Uganda lack the basic infrastructure for children to learn. The Jinja Education Project works with local educators and community-based organizations to refurbish schools, so children can access an education in a safe and well-equipped environment.
Volunteer Opportunities: teaching, organizing recreational activities and after-school programs, assisting with necessary construction, painting, and refurbishment projects.
Lords Meade Vocational College
Lords Meade Vocational College provides comprehensive post-primary education for disadvantaged youth in Uganda. With an emphasis on students using both their hands and their heads, vocational training is an integral part of the school’s curriculum. The goal is for students (boys and girls) to become literate and knowledgeable citizens, equipped with the practical skills (carpentry, bricklaying, tailoring) to make them productive members of society. The school is home to 700 students.
Volunteer Opportunities: teaching, organizing recreational activities and after-school programs, supporting life-skill building, assisting with necessary construction and refurbishment projects, planting trees.
Kiryowa Community Development Initiative
Since 2011, GIVE International, in partnership with generous donors and hard-working volunteers, has partnered with community-based organizations in the village of Kiryowa, Uganda on improving health and education opportunities for its residents. Nine years ago, 70 percent of Kiryowa’s population lived in extreme poverty (less than $1/day) and could not meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care. Today, that number has been reduced to 30 percent, and we will continue to work towards improving that result.
Beginning, brick by brick, with the construction of a new primary school – and working alongside local community-based organizations with the delivery of health care, malaria prevention initiatives, child-nutrition programs, and Family Kit distributions — we are implementing a holistic approach to community development. The positive impacts have been noticed by the local Ugandan authorities, and they have called the Kiryowa initiative an “exemplary success”.
Volunteer Opportunities: teaching, organizing recreational activities and after-school programs, assisting with necessary construction, painting, and refurbishment projects, coordinating mobile health clinics, running breakfast feedings, distributing family kits, organizing malaria prevention initiatives.
Railways Primary School
Located in one of the poorest areas of Jinja, the Railways Primary School is an oasis of hope in the midst of immense poverty. Three-hundred children between the ages of 6 to 12 attend this school with the goal of furthering their education. However, the teachers report that the vast majority of the children attending this school do not have anything to eat before they start classes. Thus, GIVE International has partnered with Railways Primary School by providing financial support for funding and coordinating a nutritious breakfast feeding program throughout the school year.
Volunteer Opportunities: teaching, organizing recreational activities and after-school programs, supporting breakfast feedings, assisting with necessary construction and refurbishment projects.