children andmothers and comunity


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

kabuky kamuli ugandanonokamuli, eastern uganda kamuli UG


About

this opertunity is for you to have exprience in the devloping word and children culther and gran mother

this opertunity is to help avolunteer to develope working relation ship with the community and exprience african culther.

it is dirrectly in community with the community and allows you to develop skills of different nature

any person can learn new skill

STM Uganda is a charitable, non-governmental organisation, registered with the National NGO Board under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uganda.

The organization was born out of commitment, love, hope, and prayers by Dr. CHRIS SAbstianal, Mrs maryabooti, and Mr. Paul bamu and they started implementing projects in 2008.

STM operates entirely in the Busoga region of Eastern Uganda, and owns, runs, and operates the following institutions and programmes:

Nabaya clinic for 50 HIV/AIDS orphans from child-headed families without any relatives

A communit bore hole that ser over 68 HIV/AIDS family and 640 children.

A life-skills training unit

A micro-finance program for the marginalized women and youtht

Programs for food security and access to safe water

Increased access to health and care (safe motherhood and maternal health, sexual reproductive health & rights, mosquito nets access & fight against malaria).

Increased access to education and child protection (primary school, vocational & life-skills training, orphanage, public health education, window of hope and sports & games).

Increased access to markets and economic opportunities (micro-finance credit, social media to market local produce, access to business-related information, village banking, research and studies on economic trends).

Human-rights awareness and promotion (ending child/human sacrifice, ending domestic violence, promoting family peace, documentation and reporting of human rights abuses).

Access to safe and clean water (borehole drilling, water harvesting, irrigation, hand-washing, pit latrine, bio-gas, reducing water wastage).(wash project)

Food security (growing of fruit trees and vegetables for household nutrition and income generation, modern agriculture, access to milk/dairy products),

Challenges

The areas where we operate are heavily populated, with a population of 7.8 million as on 2002. Girls start giving birth as early as the age of 16, and men marry 3-10 women on average. That every man should marry as many women as he pleases is the norm of the region.

To add to this situation, 89.4% of the population live below the poverty line and 73.5% can’t read or write. Mortality, and especially maternal mortality, stands high. There are just a handful of hospitals and schools. Most families and households have no access to pit latrines or safe and clean water. HIV/AIDS prevalence rate stands at 22.3%, making it the highest in the region. There is no food security, and most families battle with famine every year.

Eastern Uganda is an isolated area, battling with numerous challenges. Women and children are among the most affected. For example, kabukye is one of the many villages that make up Busota Parish in Kamuli. This is a very remote and poor village, but is alone has a population of 2,420.

Most of the people in this community are either young or very old, showing a typical example of how HIV/AIDS has killed the youth and working-age population, leaving behind many little children and old grandparents. This village appears to be cut off from the rest of the world.

Villagers here mainly depend on basic field farming and orchard farming for their livelihood; however, they are always at the mercy of the weather for them to plant their crops: they have to always wait for the rainy seasons in order to plant and till their gardens. This means that when it doesn’t rain on time, famine strikes, killings several people.

Clearly, like any other village in Uganda, this too has been completely ignored by the Ugandan government. The only time a politician or their leader is seen is when the leaders and politicians are looking for votes or harassing the local people to pay taxes. There are no hospitals or health centers, no proper schools, no roads, and no access to safe clean water.

As a community development worker, who has been working in this community for so long, I have realized that there is an urgent need for access to safe and clean water. It makes me cry when I see the locals dying due to water-related diseases. This is very much preventable, if only they had a borehole where they could access safe and clean water. There is an ever-increasing number of girls dropping out of school because they need to fetch water from far away. Fetching water is considered a domestic duty of girls and women. On average, women and girls walk for over four miles to get just 20 liters of safe and clean water from the only protected well in the community.

Domestic violence in this community is another challenge. Such gender-based violence too stems from the fact that women and girls walk for miles to fetch water, line up for hours to get water, and then walk back home, almost always reaching home when it's late and dark. Their husbands end up beating them, suspecting that they have sexual affairs elsewhere with other men. These men are so heartless; they never appreciate the poor women. It's too bad a situation here. I wish the government can take a study into this situation.

There are increased rape cases, and always women and girls are raped in the evening hours. In 2012, when I first visited this village, 31cases of rape were reported within the community. The police in Kamuli never followed up the cases. By 2014, the number of rape cases has more than doubled. The rapists always take advantage of the poor, defenseless women walking in the night from the only source of clean water.

In order to avoid physical torture, many women and girls resort to fetching water from open, unprotected sources, like the swamps. It’s a highly disturbing fact that humans are now sharing these health hazard water swamps with animals. This has translated into several waterborne diseases and increased death of the children and adults.

These are just one of the many challenges the women and girls have to battle with on a daily basis, not to mention the denied opportunities to go to school, access to safe motherhood, etc.

STM

Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • its open
  • cv and letter of interest

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