Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized
Volunteering with Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized (OGLM). All you need to know. Thanks!
Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized (OGLM) - is a registered indigenous, non - governmental organization with a primary mission "To reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS among the marginalized especially the women and children in Uganda through socio-economic empowerment, advocacy & information sharing"
In so doing OGLM serves to protect, support, advocate and empower Orphans, Women, Prostitutes and other vulnerable groups within our communities. To provide basic necessities like;- Food, clothing, and education to poor disadvantaged and neglected orphans whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS and to help their families to overcome poverty and hopelessness in Uganda through helping them initiate sustainable income generating projects. We also run a Children's Home & a Vocational & Life Skill Training center. OGLM has an operational base in Jinja District but with projects in Kamuli and surrounding areas
Here is the Strategic Objectives of OGLM;-
1. To contribute to the fight (treatment and mitigation) against HIV/AIDS amongst the marginalized (prostitutes, women, children and youth)
This objective aims at addressing the HIV/AIDS challenge amongst the marginalised (prostitutes, women, children and youth). To achieve this objective, OGLM shall use several strategies;
v Education, training and awareness. This will aim at increasing awareness on HIV/AIDS, its transmission, prevention, stigmatization and all stakeholders' roles on the fight against HIV
v Palliative care to patients affected by HIV (i.e. CSWs and OVC) is important in mitigation of HIV/AIDS patients. It affirms life and regards death as normal; it provides achievement of the best possible quality of life and prevents problems in bereavement. It also promotes a persons ability to continue living for as long as possible and supporting family and friends caring for them
v Research and advocacy will yet be another strategy. It shall enable us identify areas of need, the areas affected and percentages infected, nearness to service providers and amounts of services provided., research will also help us understand how much awareness, prevention and mitigation is needed and the resources required in these specific areas. The research will avail the information from which advocacy will be centred.
v Networking and collaboration with other stakeholders. OGLM recognizes that HIV/AIDS and other development issues affect all and that each has a role to play. OGLM will hence work hand in hand with other actors in achieving the above objectives
2. To empower rural women, commercial sex workers and children to access economic resources so as to reduce poverty.
This objective aims at economic empowerment of the rural women, children, youth and commercial sex workers. To achieve this objective, OGLM will adopt the following strategies;
v OGLM will strive to build the capacities of her target groups especially women and commercial sex workers with skills and knowledge in income generating activities.
v OGLM will support the target groups to access information on markets opportunities for their produce.
v Linking target groups to micro finance providers and negotiating for affordable credit terms. We hope access to micro finance will enable OGLM's target group to start up income generating activities.
3. To influence policy making processes to be responsive to the needs of the marginalised groups (women, children, youth and commercial sex workers)
This objective aims at creating an enabling environment for women, children, youth and commercial sex workers to effectively engage in development and address the challenges they are faced. OGLM recognizes that challenges of her target groups can not only be met by only providing services like awareness, counselling and provision of materials. To achieve this objective, OGLM will;
v Conduct research on specific issues affecting her target group. Finding from the studies and research will inform OGLM advocacy strategy to influence polices and practices that negatively impact on the lives of women, children, youth and commercial sex workers.
v Working in partnership with other actors and joining networks of like minded institutions.
4. To build/develop the organisational capacity to effectively and efficiently provide quality adequate support to the target group (women, children, youth and commercial sex workers)
Bearing in mind the internal challenges highlighted, and aware of the fact that OGLM is in its formative stage, there is need to address such challenges. To do that the following strategies shall be applied among others;
v Capacity building is necessary to reach our objectives. OGLM will develop the organizational capacity in areas of finance and administration, programs / projects and the board, such that the Human Resource is equipped with basic relevant skills to perform better.
v OGLM will network and partner by joining alliances and signing M.O.Us with different stakeholders to help refer work where necessary, and learn best practice from others who can perform different tasks.
v Fundraising is a key factor, without a proper fundraising strategy and to survive the test of times. In so doing, a lot more resource mobilization will be geared he more.
Other cross-cutting small programs include;-
1. Feeding programme- Breakfast centers for vulnerable children
2. HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention school programme.
3. HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in informal work place.
4. Training caregivers and orphans in psychosocial support.
5. Education and vocational training to vulnerable children.
6. Micro- Enterprise Development -to empower vulnerable groups.
HOW IS THIS DONE?
1. Feeding Programme:
Registered vulnerable Children gather at different identified centers within their communities early in the morning and are served with a nutritious meal before going to school.
2. The HIV/AIDS school program is conducted in partnership with the identified school which provides space, time, students, teachers, and above all to incorporate in it their programme. This is done through students clubs;-
- HEALTH CLUB; where all health issues addressed and debated upon by students with the assistance of OGLM staff, including Life skill training.
- DRAMA CLUB; for plays and songs, infotainment has proved to be the best method of passing messages to organized groups especially to the young people.
- SCRIPTURE UNION; this is responsible for preaching the gospel to students, leading prayers, and fellowships so to help in behavioral change
- SPORTS CLUB; for recreational activities to help in developing talents, helping the physical fitness, also in counseling and avoiding redundancy as the writer said that 'an idle mind is a devils workshop'.
- COUNSELLING: It is established at the school to help those who are stressed by either what is at home or at school and or abused in any way; it also helps in decision making.
3. HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness in the informal work place; is done through sensitization in market places, slum setup timber yards, and other informal work places targeting disadvantaged groups; through film casting, drama groups, health talks and IEC materials. In this category the ABC method is emphasized and people encouraged going for VCT.
4. TRAINING OF ORPHANS AND CAREGIVERS IN PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT.
OGLM trains the caregivers and community leaders on the following topics;
Good parenting methods, the rolls of care givers to these orphans, the rights of children and how best the community can participate in supporting vulnerable children. Guiding the community to identify the problems affecting them and how they can be part of the solution. To orphans we train peer educators on the rights, on the responsibilities and how they can advocate participating in shaping their future. Also peer counseling is trained and encouraged
5. EDUCATION AND VOCATION TRAINING;
OGLM welcomes sponsors to help vulnerable children for their education. Here one can decide to help a child of her or his choice or donate the money to the organization to help whoever is in need. For vocational training. OGLM has a programme for youth who are out of school and child headed house holds.
6. MICRO ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT:
Because of the pressing needs of the vulnerable groups and caregivers of these orphans, OGLM registered OGLM-HOPE SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD. Where these members can save their small earnings and borrow from it so as to run small income generating projects, in future to be able to help these orphans. Here the constraint is a revolving fund
OGLM "FAQ" VOLUNTEER KIT
Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized - Volunteer Program.
Dear Our International & Local Guest/Volunteers,
We are very happy to look for a placement for you in Uganda as a volunteer with OGLM's Programs. We feel honored to have you come over and volunteer with us. However in the meantime, we request you to read the information below, in 'Question and Answer' format carefully.
Who Are Our Volunteers?
Everyone can be of service. OGLM Volunteers has no language or professional requirements for participation. Volunteers typically share common characteristics such as flexibility, compassion, a sense of adventure, and most important, the desire to work with and learn from local people in the host community. Volunteers are drawn from all occupations and backgrounds, and from throughout the world. Each volunteer selects a service program that best employs their experience and interests, and a program where the volunteer feels engaged in a community project of lasting benefit. Volunteers must be in good health and have the mental and physical capability to function as a team member. Therefore if you're open to new challenges and enjoy working with and learning from local people, then you can contribute to and benefit from a service-learning program. What we ask of you is flexibility, Patience, a spirit of adventure, and a sense of humor. Most Ugandan cultures are very friendly though some provide a greater degree of predictability than others due to cultural norms.
It is also important to emphasis that you are dealing with another culture when you are volunteering internationally. How you would approach a particular situation in your own country does not necessary mean it is appropriate to handle it in the same way in Uganda. Your time and commitment to the program is of course valued but please remember you are a guest of the country and will no doubt be looked at as a representative of your homeland.
Within Uganda we would expect you to follow the local laws and regulations. The schools/ centers will also have rules that you will need to abide by and if you are unsure of these you should consult the school/ center staff to clarify.
If you have any queries you would like to discuss about the information provided here please direct it to Mr. Christopher Kalema at email Chris.Kalema@oglm.org
OGLM strive to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children in Uganda. The need is expansive and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable. Think about how much you receive when you give and consider why you want to volunteer. You may have several different reasons. However, if you are someone who has an open mind and flexible and would like:
To share a skill
To get to know a community
To demonstrate commitment to a cause/belief
To gain leadership skills
To donate your professional skills
To have an impact
To learn something new
To make new friends
To explore a career
To do something different from your job
For religious reasons
To keep skills alive
To be an agent of change
Then OGLM is your rightful place to be...
OGLM welcomes individuals and groups of 18+ years old and backgrounds. We do encourage you to apply on line as soon as possible. Early enrollment allows you extra time for visa processing and also allows you to make your travel arrangements earlier and perhaps more affordably. The program fee is negotiable, depending on the period of your stay at OGLM. This fee MUST be paid directly to our bank Account after and/or upon your placement. And since your placement does not require you to pay an application fee, we will therefore appreciate if your program fee is paid in full.
Choosing a Program
Which Programs can I be involved in?
The Organization provides holistic care for these needy people through a range of activities. These include;-
(i) The provision of home-based care for victims of HIV/AIDS, free blood testing for HIV/AIDS, and the provision of condoms to the sexually active;
(ii) An empowerment programme for widows who are victims of the disease to assist them to earn some income;
(iii) An education and awareness scheme to increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS in educational institutions and in the wider community; and
(iv) The caring and support of orphans using sponsorship schemes. These activities currently occur in Jinja & Kamuli. Each volunteer is free to sample any of the following program activities depending on each volunteer's skills and flexibility.
HIV/AIDS Prevention & Counseling Program
Primary Health Care Program
Computer Training School
Child Care Outreach Project
Women Empowerment Program
Teaching positions both in urban and rural Primary and as you have been accepted into the program prior to your Secondary school
Community Development Program.
Including, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, Grant Writing, Construction and Building, Wood Work, Fundraising and Social Market, Agriculture & Farming
You can become involved in a range of programs that appeal to your personal interests as some of the projects run in the morning and the afternoons only. If you are unsure of which project you would like to become involved with, you can spend a few days visiting each of the different groups to find out more about what each does in both rural and urban.
The OGLM is a very flexible organization and looks to constantly develop and extend its range of activities reflecting the skills of the incoming volunteers. If you have suggestions or ideas as to how to increase the scope of the organization's activities feel free to share them.
Programs' over view
Children's Education Program
OGLM has big dreams for these children and appreciate your part in helping to fulfill these dreams. As we all know the future is in our children... a little investments in their education will not only bring a smile on the child's face, but will create a lasting constructive future to the individual child and his family and his society at large.
The following is a list of ideas to help with your volunteer work of teaching at the schools. However, remember that these are only guidelines and ideas or methods would be greatly appreciated. The objective is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the students to receive a quality education and to develop a program that best utilizes the skills of the volunteers.
The purpose is to focus on the children and assure them that you as a volunteers are here because you want to help provide the opportunity of a good education... that you care about each of the children and their future; to assist the teachers/administration in the most productive way possible and to contribute to the fulfillment of the long term dreams of providing a constructive future to these children and their families through the sponsorship of pupils' school fees and the child's upkeep.
The goals are to support the teachers so that there is always someone available to cover a class and be part of the team; to encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in the school and to assist physically in the upgrading of school facilities; painting, decorating, mending desks, uniforms, etc. Try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Remember to document your ideas and progress so that you can pass them onto the next volunteer.
To get started align yourself with a local teacher and rotate so that all teachers are involved. Develop a proposed schedule when you will be available at the school and when you will be required at other projects. Discuss your strengths (English, Math's, etc) and set your expectations. Do you prefer direct teaching or working together with a local teacher? You will have to take the initiative on this decision.
You can teach your own class or assist. Recent needs include IPS and PE. IPS is a compilation of various business methods and local activities. It is a new course and ideas for its development will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers in the past have done well with teaching English, Math, Science and Social studies. Work with the local teacher to develop your schedule. Ask if there is a teacher's book available, if not you may purchase your own at local stores. Find out what materials have been covered and what you should focus on and try to plan you classes a week at a time. You can help in the teacher planning process, contribute ideas, decide on lessons, assist students and mark papers.
You can thank the teachers for their efforts. This is greatly appreciated, as the teachers are not always paid on a regular basis. Some ideas include... gifts of appreciation, even daily use items like bread, laundry soap, etc. Any gesture is greatly appreciated. However, we suggest that you consult the OGLM administrator whenever you want to give any help in the form of money to any of the teachers or pupils at the school. We do not encourage the volunteers to give their address to people within the community, as you may be surprised to receive many mails asking for money.
We have a list of requirements for the school if you would like to donate items. The majority of these are cheaper and easier purchased on your arrival; we therefore suggest bringing money with you and check the list of requirements on your arrival. Reference books, games and sports materials are always required.
Primary Health Care Program.
If you have chosen this program then you will be placed in the local communities and Health Care Centers in our areas of operation. The health center is a government run facility that accepts volunteers from the OGLM. It consists of three one level buildings. The first is a basic clinic where most patients are seen and treated. It is basically an outpatient facility but a ward. The clinic is staffed with two clinical officers, a varied amount of nurses, a dental officer and a medical doctor who oversees staff. The second building is a Maternity Center where prenatal and antenatal care is done. Two to three registered nurses/mid T wives are staffed there and perform all duties. The third building is a surgical theatre.
The Health Centre see a wide variety of cases but diseases such as Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Syphilis are most common. Duties performed by volunteers vary and depends largely on ones background. If you are a registered nurse, medical doctor, lab technician, and paramedic or have a trained medical skill then you can participate in patient care such as diagnosing, injections, IV starts and lab work. If you are a mid wife or gynecologist then you can work in the maternity ward assisting with prenatal and antenatal care. You can also participate in this project by helping the staff to record injections or immunizations, helping to dispense medications, beginning a painting or cleaning project, donating supplies, giving educational seminars on nursing skills, nutrition or any other subject that you may think of!
Although the health centre is government run it is poorly funded and lacks proper equipment, facilities, supplies, etc. If volunteers would like to donate or fund raise and bring money to buy supplies in Uganda this would be greatly appreciated. Supplies which are not available in Uganda include; collapsible/disposable cardboard, sharp containers, hypodermic needle cutters, spray bottles, digital thermometers, disposable paper examination table covers, bluey sheets, hand sanitiser that does not require water, urine analysis strips (infectious disease, glucose, protein, blood, pregnancy), masks with eye shields, individually wrapped non-adherent wound dressings, gauze swabs, alcohol swabs (individually packed for disinfecting before IV placement or blood draw) and an ultrasound machine.
Volunteers should plan to purchase any personal safety supplies, such as gloves, masks, anti-bacterial gel, etc. as the centre often runs out of these things and there may not be running water. You may also find that there are not enough medications, IV tubing, needles or syringes and the patients are asked to purchase their own. Basic equipment may not be available including blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, thermometers, monitors, IV poles, sheets, towels and so on. Other items required include pediatric IV canulas, watches with seconds for taking vital signs, wall clocks, and disposable cups for taking medication urgently, scale for maternity ward, lanterns, chains and pad locks for when electricity goes out, electric kettle for boiling drinking water, water cooler, cupboards for putting belongings, medical tape and mosquito nets. Please ask on arrival for an updated list of what is still required. A normal schedule for the Primary Health Care Program is 9 to 5 but can vary as the Ugandan life runs at a slower unscheduled pace, simply decide on your on schedule on arrival.
Reinforcement and reputation will be the key to success. Please consider working on this long-term goal during your time at the Health Centre. Your participation in this program is of great benefit to the community and staff
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Counseling
This project focuses on providing culturally sensitive methods of awareness and education with the goal of preventing transmission of the disease and seeks to offer assistance and encouragement to those infected with the virus. It is primarily divided into two sections that include education and outreach.
The educational aspect of the project consists of teaching selected volunteers about the prevention, transmission and reality of the HIV/AIDS virus. Once selected by OGLM these local volunteers are given a four-week course taught by an internal volunteer along with the project coordinator. The training includes two weeks of daily classroom lessons in two-hour increments and a final two of field practice. The theory phase of the course deals with all aspects of the HIV virus including nutrition, counseling methods and women's outreach. This is a great way to contribute new information or add to existing facts.
The outreach project is a support system for those with the HIV/AIDS virus. Each morning local volunteers along with international volunteers will visit the homes of those in need and assist with activities of daily living. This could include distribution of food; help with the household duties such as clothes washing, cooking, carrying water, live stock care, etc. It may also include a friendly chat or word of encouragement. Outreach is flexible in nature and can be added into the afternoons if a volunteer arranges it ahead of time.
Purpose of the HIV/AIDS Program
- To focus on the youth. Sensitize the youth mainly in schools, churches and community about HIV/AIDS.
- To assist in searching for documented information about HIV/AIDS from the internet, Uganda Aids Commission, Uganda Aids control project, Ministry of Health and any other organizations local and international that carry out HIV/AIDS activities and assisting in printing information concerning HIV/AIDS such as booklets, handouts and brochures to be given to the public.
- Providing necessary items in the prevention of HIV/AIDS such as condoms and education material.
- Providing foodstuffs to the HIV/AIDS patients. Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized runs a food distribution program on a small scale; however international volunteers are hereby called upon to expand on this program.
- Training the trainers (TOT) in fields like HIV/AIDS, food and nutrition, basic counseling skills, companionship and hygiene. While handling the issue of HIV/AIDS, the other subjects mentioned are equally importantin instilling knowledge.
- Visiting HIV infected and affected persons. This involves the sick and those living with the sick, in visiting such families we try to identify the major problems and assist where possible.
- To help the patients with fetching water and any other housework needed.
- Above all volunteers are expected to provide counseling and emotional support services to the persons living with HIV. This is important because at times these patients don't have someone to talk to since their family and community members isolate them. Talking to them and showing that you care helps to fight stigma and discrimination they are always subjected to.
- Also volunteers are expected to initiate and undertake any other activities that may help to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of the persons living with HIV/AIDS and their immediate family members.
- You will liaise with the coordinator of the HIV/AIDS program. They will introduce the local volunteers who will assist you. Develop a proposed schedule when you will be available in the HIV/AIDS program and when you will be required at other projects. Set expectations: discuss your strengths i.e. Peer education, companionship (outreach), counseling, training and providing foodstuffs with the coordinator.
- Work with local volunteers to develop your schedule, ask if there are enough materials to run the program e.g. training materials, foodstuffs, etc. You may be able to help in acquiring some and you can develop a program fundraiser.
Computer Training Program
This program was set up in order to help the children gain IT skills. It has proved a great success as many people of different ages have taken up computer training courses. Even more so the computer training has changed the status of many children who dropped out of school because they lacked school fees and were not doing anything productive in the community. The computer training has given them skills, which have helped them get jobs. Also many teachers and business people have also taken up computer courses as a way of improving on their skills since in Uganda many offices, schools and companies have become computerized and they need to employ people who have got computer knowledge. Courses currently on offer include MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access and Adobe PageMaker On completion of the course each student receives a certificate from the Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized showing his or her success. Volunteers for this program are encouraged not only to take classes but if they could generate a new training course their expertise would be greatly appreciated. In order to keep our systems as up to date as up to date as possible we would encourage volunteers to bring any recent software and hardware with them
This program was set up as way of letting the children in Buwaiswa village particularly those from the Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized to explore their sports talents. Many families in Uganda do not allow their children to go out to play with other kids hence blocking the future and development of the talents of many children, something which violates the rights of a child.
The sports development program provides a range of activities for children to participate in. Different activities such as football, volleyball and netball can be organized on a regular basis and teams established. It is a great way to build up a child's team spirit and confidence and matches are organized between other local teams.
Volunteers are encouraged to help in the coaching and organization of all the sports. If you would like to start up another sports club then we would only encourage this and help in anyway possible
Women's Empowerment Program.
This program seeks to teach single mothers and AIDS widow's practical skills to enable them to generate an income. We recently initiated the Pig Project, which is for the raising and selling of pigs for profit. OGLM provide the pen and 3 pigs and explain how to run this small business. OGLM continue to supervise but ultimately the aim is to make this a self-sufficient program. You can get involved in the building of pigpens, advising on feeding and how to avoid diseases. We run a similar project with chickens at Buwaiswa Village.
OGLM developed a society where vulnerable groups could save and borrow from,
Known as, OGLM - Muno Mukabi.
Women get small loans and start income generating projects.
Can I come at any time of the year?
Yes, you can come anytime of the year, however for those coming specifically for volunteer teaching, Due to the school calendar in Uganda; OGLM can only place you within the following periods (terms) in the year:
(a) JANUARY through APRIL (1st School Term)
(b) MAY through AUGUST 2nd " "
(c) SEPTEMBER through DECEMBER 3rd " "
However, there is a need to note that sometimes the school schedule changes without prior notice. Therefore In case of any changes we ask the participating volunteer to be very flexible.
In between these periods, you can still keep your room if you are staying beyond one (1) school term but you may be expected to bear your other living expenses.
Will accommodation be provided?
Yes, OGLM will give you accommodation (at times to share with another volunteer - in a house in which other people live.
You will be assigned a bedroom with a lock. There are always other people in the house as well; and they would be willing to provide you all the necessary assistance you require. Typically, in your room will be one or two beds with mattresses and in some cases a table and chair. It is advisable to bring along a mosquito net and a spare bed sheet. There is electricity in the house compound and water. However, you are advised to bring a flashlight since power cuts may frequently occur. Some times you would have to manage with a bucket of water and a pit toilet. Remember its mainly a village setting unless, you can travel 10Km every day, if you want decent accommodation in a nearby town.
As a volunteer you will be expected to maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness in your surroundings. This would include keeping your living space clean and tidy as well as your personal hygiene to a high standard. Daily showers/ washes are recommended as well as ensuring clothing is washed regularly.
Meals and Food?
Yes, you will be given breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Typical breakfast: tea/ coffee/cocoa/oats/porridge and bread with jam/butter/egg omelets. Typical dinner: rice, yam or Matooke (Green Plantain) with stew or soup plus fruits. At lunchtime you can get fruits and/or snacks.
OGLM will provide all the meals from the funds paid (program fee) by the volunteer. Almost 80% of the program fee donation goes to costs of the volunteers up-keep during his or her stay with OGLM. Under no circumstance will volunteers have to pay any extra money for their meals during the course of their placement.
What is the Program fee donation for?
Your program fee donation fee covers the following:
(a) Arranging for, organizing and inspecting your placement: such as the school and accommodation and meals.
(b) Airport meeting and pickup, and drop offs.
(c) OGLM Administrations
Are there other costs?
Yes, you have to budget for bottled (or bagged) water, lunch and dinner and transportation when you are out on your personal entertainment, touring or site seeing, and other personal needs. (A weekly budget of $10-$300 depending on what you intend to do during your leisure time)
When and how should I pay my participation fee?
As soon as you have been accepted into our volunteer program, you are required to deposit your program fee donations with our OGLM bank account as soon as an official invitation has been forwarded to you. This fee is required to cover expenses while you are on the program and if it is not paid at this time the program may not be able to operate to full capacity. The program fee is non refundable. Your paying the program at this time helps us to be in a better position to make concrete arrangements for your program placement and stay in time.
What happens when I arrive in Uganda?
You will meet you at the airport by our International Volunteer Liaison Officer. But prior to your departure from your country, you'll be given detailed directives by email on what to do when you land At Entebbe airport. From the airport you are taken right to the OGLM offices were you will be given information regarding your accommodation arrangements and then later our liaison officer will be able to give you a detailed orientations or an induction in reference to your program placement and the cultural aspects of Ugandan people.
Can I cash my VISA or MasterCard or Travelers checks?
You can cash your VISA, MasterCard and Travelers Checks in any branch of Barclays Bank (Only in Entebbe, Jinja & Kampala). However, you must carry with you're the traveler checks receipts.
Do I need to take any shots?
You can and secondary
Obligatory for all visitors to Uganda is the YELLOW FEVER inoculation. The vaccination must be taken at least 10 days before the journey. Please consult your physician for the appropriate medication for Malaria too.
Suppose I would like to extend my stay of working with OGLM, can this be possible?
Yes, this is possible. However, you will need to discuss this with the OGLM administrator before you can change your flight schedules. You will also be required to pay an extra fee towards your extended period of stay.
How Best can I be of help in the community?
The Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized is currently concentrating its effort and activities within three districts namely Jinja, Kamuli & Iganga Districts though we are registered as an NGO to operate nation wide.
Our development Programs are not only focused on restoring people and their communities to their pre-crisis conditions, they also focus on establishing a process that enables those in need to build a self sufficient and self sustaining lifestyle as a community. Our development programs strive to permanently break the bonds and cycle of poverty of individuals, families and their communities
OGLM has identified people and families who are genuinely in need who might need our collective help. So we would like to ask all the volunteers prior to helping any body either financially or in any other way, that you first cross check with Mr. Christopher Kalema
However, if you feel that you want to help someone in the community, then first cross check with the OGLM administrations. All kind of help MUST go through OGLM administrations and with the recommendation of OGLM and the local authorities. Please do not promise to help some one within the village if you are not 150% sure that you will help them.
Are there some Project, which needs our collect attention and funding?
Yes. OGLM does not encourage handout approach when helping the community. Our development Programs are not only focused on restoring people and their communities to their pre-crisis conditions, they also focus on establishing a process that enables those in need to build a self sufficient and self sustaining lifestyle as a community. Our development programs strive to permanently break the bonds and cycle of poverty of individuals, families and their communities. Therefore we encourage volunteers to work closely with the OGLM administration in looking out into possible avenues to help the community. Our current program includes, but not limited to the followings:
Education and training for AIDS Orphans through Child Sponsorship Program. $300 USD is custom - Tailored to meet the child's basic needs and his family for a year. This money will cover the child's school fees, school uniform, school supplies, and feeding and medical care.
Women Empowerment Program - This is done through teaching them practical skills towards initiating sustainable income generating projects. You can sponsor a family with $700 USD to initiate a pig project for profit. This project provides start-up capital in the form of equipment and animals. Women generate an income and supplement their diet by raising and selling livestock such as pigs or chickens.
Widows Handcraft Project: This group provides materials and teaches HIV/AIDS widows how to make handcrafts, which can be sold as a means of income. The project has a secondary function since it acts as a valuable support group within the community, where the women can make friends and share the challenges of being HIV positive. We encourage the volunteers to support these women through purchasing some of their crafts like the necklaces and other jewelleries made by the women.
HIV/AIDS Prevention & Counseling Program for rural communities. OGLM Provides free counseling services and HIV/AIDS blood tests and other STD related diseases to the rural community both within Kamuli & Jinja. We also provide free medical care for HIV/AIDS clients and weekly food supplies. We therefore appeal to all volunteers to help rise extra funding for this project. $50 USD would feed a family for a week and other medical needs.
Community Development Program. In this program, we provide better homes for HIV/AIDS widows. OGLM constructs homes for rural widows who have no better homes to rise up their children. $1,000 USD would help construct a standard house
For more information, please contact:
Christopher Kalema (Programs' Director)
E-mail: Chris.Kalema@oglm.org or email@example.com or Info@oglm.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized (OGLM)
Nalufenya Rd 16 YMCA Building
P.O.Box 19 Jinja Uganda E.Africa
Tel +256-43-122840 or +256-43-243332
Website: www.oglm.org (still being developed)
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Phone - (Day) +254-61-239463
Phone - (Home) +254-61-250267
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2. Rtn. John Kirkwood (Director) - President - Rotary Club of Jinja, District 9200, Uganda
Tofta Educational Trust & Lords Meade. (Registered in UK under Charity Commissioner No. 1070803) & in Uganda as an NGO.
Wilson Avenue Plot 45 & Bukaya Rd
P.O.Box 1200 Jinja Uganda E.Africa
3. Mr. Waswaga Robert (Program's Co-ordinator)
Community Development Resource Network (CDRN)
Plot 433, Balintuma Rd, Off Nakulabye Round about Namirembe.
P.O.Box 3791 Kampala Uganda
E-Mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel Office: +256-41-534497
Cel +256-782-446015 or +256-712-526127
4. Ms. Paula Mommers (Program Officer Health & Care - Uganda)
Cordaid - The Netherlands
P.O.Box 16440 The Netherlands
2500 BK Den Hague
Tel +31 70 3 136 300
Fax +31 70 3 136 301
E-mail: Paula.Mommers@cordaid.nl or Cordaid@cordaid.nl
5. Mr. Ken Dickson (President)
Xynapse Canada Inc.
121 Dundas St. East, Suite 202
Belleville, ON k8N 1C3
E-Mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
To reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS among the marginalized especially the women and children in Uganda through socio-economic empowerment, advocacy & information sharing"
- Address Nalufenya Rd 16 YMCA BuildingP.O.Box 19 JinjaJinja UgandaJinja, Uganda 256UG
- Christopher Kalema
- Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Homeless & Housing, Women
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