Help Uganda through JENGA
JENGA is a Christian Community Development Organisation in touch with many local projects in the town of Mbale in Eastern Uganda, bordering the Mt Elgon National Park. The overall cost of one month’s placement would be approximately £2500 and £3000 for three months. This cost includes flights, insurance, visa, CRB check, health check, food and accommodation and a donation to Christians Abroad to help towards administrative costs.
JENGA CDO support all volunteers with an Orientation Session on arrival in Uganda, and continually support and guide volunteers as valued team members throughout their placement.
There is no specific minimum period of time, but depending on what the volunteer is coming to do this can be discussed individually. More than 1 month is preferred in order for their contribution to be more measurable. 4-6 months + is ideal to allow time for cultural adjustment. Maximum – assuming the volunteer is adapting well into the team in Uganda, there is no maximum period of time.
Projects include; Boreholes and Water projects, Children’s Bible Clubs, Church Ministries – Evangelism, Discipleship (Alpha), Community Health Education and Hospital Ministry, Education (Sponsorship of Primary and Secondary School children), Food Storage and Agriculture, Goats, HIV Training, Men’s and Women’s Education groups, Prison Ministry, Savings and Loan scheme, Street Children, Youth and Sports.
However, at this time JENGA CDO particularly need volunteers with experience and skill in the following areas; Business, Income Generation Activities, Agriculture and Grain storage, Administration, Human Resources, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Project Proposal writing.
JENGA’s Executive Director is British and he has lived in Uganda for 9 years. JENGA’s Administrative Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator is also British and she has lived in Uganda for 4 years. JENGA hosts numerous other Westerners; individual short/long term volunteers, gap year students and mission teamsAll of JENGA’s staff are committed Christians, and team time together in prayer and worship is an integral part of JENGA’s daily life. Almost all volunteers have also been committed Christians, although on the odd occasion if a skilled and qualified volunteer is coming to attend to a particular and specific project need, there is some flexibility. JENGA CDO have strong relationships with numerous churches from various denominations which volunteers have been involved with. These churches also provide opportunity for volunteers to serve.
JENGA CDO has offices in the centre of Mbale, a relatively small town. Accommodation is within easy walking distance to the office (10-12mins. walk).
Meals are not provided. Volunteers in shared accommodation self cater, generally sharing the shopping and cooking duties.
Accommodation has modern facilities such as; electricity (although sometimes local Ugandan power supply is intermittent), running water, gas cookers, fridge/freezer, bathrooms with showers, bath, flush toilet etc.
All of JENGA’s projects are held in local deprived communities and so for any community based activities local transport is required. This is either Boda Boda (a bicycle taxi) or a Picky (a motorbike taxi). Both these are readily accessible everywhere, you simply flag one down and tell the driver where you wish to go – they are both very cheap forms of local transport.
Within Mbale town there are numerous qualified doctors (a matter of minutes away in a vehicle) – there is also an English GP who runs a practice in Mbale.
Internet is available to share in volunteer accommodation (at a shared cost), and at the JENGA office. This is generally reliable, but the internet provider can ‘crash’ from time to time. Volunteers are expected to bring their own laptops, with wireless internet provision.
More information and photos can be seen on JENGA’s own website:www.jengauganda.org