Helping Hands 4 Africa

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Jinja, Uganda via kindly anonymous
Contact
Person: 
Bogere Ali
Email: 
helpinghands4africa [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone: 
+256 789110068

About us Helping Hands 4 Africa is a voluntary, not for profit, Community Based Organization that was formed by persons with a vision to support, unite and promote community development in vulnerable communities in Jinja and the neighboring districts. Our goal is to promote community empowerment through building local capacities to handle HIV/AIDS prevention programmes, support and care services; handle self-help and income generating activities and education for the marginalized children. We are a voluntary, not for profit community based initiative operating in Jinja and the neighboring districts. The organization has so far mobilized over 130 members within the districts of jinja and Iganga. The majorities of these are either in subsidiary farming or involved in micro and small-scale business activities. To a great extent many are dealing in survival activities characteristics of informal sector operations. They include small holder farming, cattle keeping, market vendors, housemaids, brick making, tailoring, and handcrafts to mention but a few. As development partners, non-governmental organizations are proving to be more effective at grass roots where government hands cannot satisfy/ reach. Helping hands 4 Africa is one of the few voluntary not for profit making organization partnering with grass roots organizations/local leaders based in the Eastern Uganda offering educational, medical and nutritional services to the rural communities as well as helping them to facilitate their social, spiritual, Educational and economical well being. We derive our support from the valuable services of volunteers, friends, sympathizers, well-wishers, Christian and non-Christian resources as well as our dear partners in-country and abroad who offer financial, moral, educational and material support to facilitate our activities. The founders of the initiative are much concerned about the increasing poverty levels, high prevalence rate of HIV/Aids, increasing number of orphans without any assistance, high unemployment, lack of respect of human rights and high illiteracy levels within the community. This was realized after carrying out a baseline survey in Bulamagi sub-county as a sample project in 2007 and the following were realized; • Eight-nine out of every 10 homes have been affected by HIV/Aids such as increased number of orphans and family members without any assistance. • The most vulnerable and affected are the women and children because of the African family setting yet they are the core of the households, at the centre of hunger, malnutrition, diseases, illiteracy and all other effects of poverty. • Four out of every ten of school going age can not attend school even when there is free universal primary and secondary school seemingly because they lack scholastic requirements such as books, uniforms, school fees, meals, etc • Even the free universal schools are few, in long distances, congested and poorly facilitated. • Most of these disadvantaged livelihoods often fall sick but don’t get proper medical treatment because they cant afford the medical bills in the recommended hospitals/medical centers, which are often in long distances despite the fact that the roads are in poor conditions and the means of transport is expensive. • The old going age (Elderly) is also in the centre of poverty, hunger, diseases, malnutrition, and all the other side effects of poverty as they are totally dependants. • Four out of every ten homes are single mother/children/widow/grand headed families without any support. • Eight out of every ten persons with disabilities (PWDs) are seen as a curse to the community/family, neglected under certain circumstances and even themselves are not aware of their rights as citizens of their mother country. • The rate of HIV/Aids tend to increase because of the high poverty levels within the communities for instance young innocent girls are enticed with smaller items like snacks/chapattis in exchange for sex. • Even older people going for sex end up going for unprotected sex because they can not afford to buy condoms, ignorant about condom use and the government free aided condoms are poorly distributed. • Eight out of every ten youth have lost hope and continued being vulnerable as they are un employed, uneducated, lack life skills, lack capital to set up businesses hence resorting to agriculture which is domestic and un productive due to poor soils, poor markets of their agricultural produce, landless, etc • Children’s rights are not properly observed in the rural communities due to ignorance of these rural livelihoods about their rights such as forcing young girls to marry at tender ages. The majority of these community fall under the most productive age group and sexually most active. They are either employees, employer, self –employed or just a member of the wide community. It is important to note that the workplace is not separated from the community where they live although some may work in an atmosphere that is separated from the community. The relatively high financial need of some people has led to situations of sexual exploitation of women and school girls who need money because of their desperate situations and domestic demands. The exchange of gifts for sex has also added pressure on young people allowing the acquiring of HIV/ AIDs. Cited examples of women/girls pressured into sex with older men are often their sponsors. Poor feeding, inadequate housing and lack of hygiene has made HIV/AIDs infected persons even more vulnerable to AIDS related diseases. Vision Our vision and mission is to promote community empowerment through building local capacities to their own activities for self sustainability. Mission The mission of the initiative is to achieve an economically, self reliant and empowered community through networking with other partners in development while targeting all vulnerable groups without discrimination. Helping Hands 4 Africa serves as a mobilizing, networking, information, advocacy for improved livelihoods, quality health and better education, promoting economic empowerment for community particularly women and youth to improve self-reliance, building their capacities to manage their own income generating activities. Aim Our aim is to improve the standard of living of the marginalized groups by promoting sustainable development through provision of socio-economic activities, good health and accessing them with quality educational services. Thematic Areas Helping Hands 4 Africa’s work is carried out through Capacity Building, HIV/AIDs advocacy that include, AIDS education and training, counseling, prevention, primary healthcare, support and care, implementation of income generation programmes, and provision of educational support to needy Orphans of AIDS, girl child and other vulnerable children trainings and vocational training and protection for school dropouts and adult education and networking thus bringing Helping Hands 4 Africa’s programs under t key thematic areas: • Economic empowerment and skill development. • Health • Education • Nutrition • Spiritual empowerment • Human rights • Community development Programs. Objectives • To implement income generating projects aimed at creating sustainable income sources for vulnerable women and youth groups, the activities will involve: - high value crop production, bee keeping, piggery, poultry farming, fish farming, food processing (i.e. addition of value to agro-produce) and animal traction. • To train and support local communities in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS through advocacy, prevention, support and care, home base care, training counseling aids and peer educators and information dissemination awareness to reduce its social economic effects. • To support orphans of AIDS, girl-child and vulnerable children through provision of educational facilities namely: better schools at rural based, vocational rehabilitation centers, school fees, scholastic materials, uniforms etc. • To promote respect for human rights among members especially promoting awareness of rights of children, women, disabled persons, youths and marginalized groups in the society. • To promote advocacy and networking between the various development partners and carry on consultancy in all fields for learning. • To promote the preservation and the protection of the environment, and to raise funds from donations, grants and investments to further the objectives of the organization. • To improve rural livelihoods of the communities through enhanced adoption of improved agricultural practices and modern technology as well as encourage addition of value to agricultural produce in order to improve the social economic status of the people through increased productivity, enhanced human resource development and natural resource management. • To improve the standard of living of the people by enhancing proper use of natural resources as will be indicated by the ability to meet their basic needs in life namely - adequate food, decent housing, clothing school fees, medical bills etc. • To support and foster improved life skill training and knowledge on Sustainable Organic Agriculture among local communities for improved nutrition and household incomes. • Provide participating farmers with improved seeds, improve market research for the processed and unprocessed produce, practice-improved technology such as irrigation systems, small-scale agro-processing industries, processing food using solar dryers to promote increased income at household as well as organizing. • Establishing and adopt micro credit and saving scheme among rural community to maximize income at grass root with the overall goal of fighting poverty. • To mobilize, sensitize and involve vulnerable youths and women in project activities and adopt rural micro entrepreneurship; increase opportunity for the homeless to acquire affordable housing, decent clothing, etc. • To carry out capacity building training as strategies to improve the performance and output of the members

Details
People: 
We at Helping Hands 4 Africa host volunteers throughout the year from all walks of life irrespective of sex, race, faith, age, economic status and backgrounds because their effort and impact is the one which counts a lot!
Commitment: 
It depends on our volunteers schedule.
Skills: 
Professionals such as dentists, nurses, primary health care workers, construction workers, graphic designers, accountants, administrators, etc. Evangelists, pastors, teachers of the word, apostles, prophets and all who desire to share their faith with others. We have plenty of room for all.
Type: 
Evangelism We welcome religious leaders from all over the world and our Evangelism program depends on a number of volunteers we are hosting. For Individual volunteers or those less than 10 are welcome at any time throughout the year. But volunteers coming as a Group i.e. 10-30 have got a special program arranged twice a year .i.e. from January to April and from September to November. Under this program, we mainly carry out activities such as door-door Evangelism, Spiritual healing, Guidance and counseling services to families in conflict, those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, Youth with bad morals ,Schools ,Prisons ,and Hospitals ,as a way of reviving hope, reformation ,good morals and an upright religious community. Community Health All volunteers with skills in community health such as hygiene, Sanitation Immunization, and any others are welcome. Professionals are attached to our local hospitals and also carry out home visits to those who can’t reach the hospital for treatment and are treated from their homes. Most of our volunteers in this category participate in cleaning of Water sources such as Wells as well as rehabilitating them, cleaning and painting of community health hospitals, etc. This program is done through the year. Education This project is carried out throughout the year. Volunteers come in at any time and are attached to any of our local community schools. Most of the activities involved in this program include Teaching, Sports activities, Music Dance and Drama, Computer training, Vocational Education i.e. art and crafts, etc. There fore any one with skills in the above can join us and volunteer with us any time of the year! Community out reach programs In our community outreach programs in which we mainly deal with the Youth, Widows Elderly, Orphans and persons with disabilities. Our volunteers mainly empower our people with skills in hand crafts, Drama, Sports. They also assist the Elderly in their gardens as well as renovating and construction of their houses, Kitchens, utensils stands, etc. Volunteers wishing to come and spend their time volunteering with Helping Hands 4 Africa can contact us at any time. International Volunteering. Helping Hands 4 Africa also welcomes volunteers throughout the Year who want to volunteer with us within their localities or countries wherever they are in the following areas. These also help in networking our local schools, hospitals, churches, self help groups, etc with similar interests Please contact us and we shall get back to you for details and arrangements of how to do it.
Money: 
We at Helping Hands 4 Africa,do not charge our volunteers for the free services they are providing to our needy communities but encourage them to contribute towards feeding,accommodation and project facilitation which is negotiable prior to their coming.

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Jinja-Nairobi High Way, Jinja, Uganda