EMPOWER AND CARE ORGANISATION (EACO) UGANDA
Empowerand Care Organization (EACO) Ugandais a Community Based Organization (CBO) operating in Mukono county and Marachadistrict, Uganda. EACO’s mission is to reduce poverty andHIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, educationalopportunities, and support for disadvantaged groups of people. EACO’sactivities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and thoseliving with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly. EACO believes that effective and sustainabledevelopment comes through empowerment programmes, where vulnerable members ofthe community are given the skills, motivation and support to improve theirlives and communities. EACO is alwaysstriving to improve its services and welcomes international volunteers.
They are people just like you! EACO volunteers, like our clients, come from allwalks of life. Our volunteers vary in age, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexualorientation, and professional backgrounds. Some volunteers do the work because they want to do something outside of work. Some have experienced the loss of aloved one and the experience changed their lives. Some just like to help people. Our volunteers are students, lawyers, accountants, electricians,marketers, sales people, human resource people, homemakers, teachers, and retired people. Many volunteers state that their life is rich and fulfilled and they want to “give back” to their community.
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering in EACO is very rewarding. You get to meet many different types ofpeople and form solid relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, andcaring. As a EACO volunteer you will:
• Make a difference in people’s lives
• Develop a wide network
• Develop a range of skills and experience that can be used in everyday life
• Receive ongoing education and development
• Do your part in bringing about social change
Each week, your gift of time will help nourish and sustain the quality of lifefor someone living with a terminal illness.
EACOhas vast opportunities including: – HIV care and counseling. – Deliveringsupport, materials and writing reports on EACO project progress. -Teaching atschools and co-ordinating peer education projects. -Assisting withadministration. -Delivering training to staff and volunteers on relevantissues. -Assisting with building projects. -Writing grant proposals. EACO particularly welcomes skilledprofessionals that can help the organization to improve and develop, but EACOwelcomes the enthusiasm and commitment of all willing volunteers. EACO iscommitted to ensuring all voluntary experiences are as mutually beneficial aspossible, and can find accommodation with local families or in guest houses.Regardless of the duration of your time, EACO will welcome you as one of thefamily, and give you the chance to make life-long friends in the community,REALLY make a difference, and work with a truly inspirational community based organization.
Contact Shadrak Kyobe or Batuuka prossy
Address P.O Box 2784,
Phone +256 (0) 774310393
Charity No MG/2006/10/294
Likely Cost: Up to £500
Start Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Placement.Duration: Weeks Min:1 Max:52
Hours a Week Min:18 Max:50
Age Limit (years): Min:18 Max:No max.
All volunteers arewelcome, but EACO is particularly interested in developing projects throughworking with skilled professionals.
Volunteers must takeanti-malaria pills.
Cost to Volunteer:
EACO strives to makevolunteering as cost effective as possible, but he/she must cover the followingexpenses: travel, insurance, food, accommodation and medical assistance.
Suitable clothes forhot/rainy climate. EACO is a wellrespected organization, both in the community and internationally. We ask that volunteers are clean andpresentable when undertaking their work in the community.
When to Apply:
Minimum of two weeksin advance.
Total Projects Worldwide Including UK 6
Total UK projects 0
Total Numberof Volunteers Placed Each Year 9
16 to 25 Year Old Volunteers Placed Each year 5
Work Alone/ With Others:
No financial support is given, but EACO does not profit from volunteers and aims to make the trip as cost effective as possible in all aspects of the role.
Additional Location Information:
EACO’s main office islocated in Ggulu, Kitete, Mukono town, Mukono district, Central Uganda. EACO’s projects arepredominately rural, and the office is in a small village, 1 km from a largerUrban area, Mukono town. Mukono is 30minutes by bus from Kampalatown.
SELECTION and SUPPORT
Short-term volunteerstrain through working closely with local volunteers. Longer-term volunteers can benefit from thetraining that local volunteers receive, on counseling, HIV and other relevanttopics.
Volunteer aresupervised by the organization director. When visiting rural areas and schools the volunteer work in partnershipwith other local volunteers.
Mukono, EACO canarrange for volunteers to stay with a local family or in a guest house. InMaracha the volunteer must stay with the project co-ordinator in the area. Both host families are in rural areas, wherethere is no electricity and basic toilet
Participants canrequest a written reference.
We can acceptvolunteers with a disability depending on the disability.
This organization hasa Child Protection Policy
This organizationdoes not do CRB checks for its staff or volunteers
Volunteers are notcovered by liability insurance
CAUSES and ACTIVITIES
People and Causes:
AIDS/HIV Children ElderlyPeople Human Rights Poor/Homeless Teaching – Assisting Teaching – Primary Teaching – Secondary Unemployed Women’s Issues Young People
Administration Building/Construction Caring -General Community Work Development Issues Fundraising Social Work Teaching Theatre/Drama Training Visiting/Befriending