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International work camp on Agriculture, Brick making and Gender Equality.
14th – 31st July 2020
UPA – Gulu Branch
‘Providing mechanism for self-employment and Gender Awareness'.
Gulu Branch is located in the Northern District of Gulu bordered by Kitgum District in the East, Pader in the Northeast, and Lira District in the Southeast and Murchison’s falls national park in the Southwest. The work camp participants will be hosted in a location within Gulu municipality 1 KM from the town centre. UPA Gulu Branch collaborates with various institutions in the area like World Vision, Action Aid, Gulu NGO forum, Gulu Youth center, Diocese of Northern Uganda, schools and many others to assist the youth affected by the war.
The communities live in Gulu municipality one of the towns postioned to acquire city status. During the northern Uganda Insurgency Gulu town hosted large number of Internally Displaced Persons. While others have returned there remained a large population of urban dwellers who have not yet returned or are unable to return to their original homestead and now live in decertified parts of the town. These are the ones who are prone to climate change related hazards.
UPA Gulu branch together with other voluntarily organization has for a while been engaged in voluntary initiatives to address the issue affecting the communities especially the youths ranging from agriculture, gender awareness, livelihoods, climate change, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, and self-employment activities.
The international work camp is therefore designed to enhance the preparedness and mitigation activities of urban poor in Gulu Municipal Council, It highlights, responsibility, leadership, and practical initiatives for local councils, communities, and citizens.
To sensitize the communities about the application of new modern farming techniques to increase output in agricultural output.
To encourage youths to be self-reliance and adopt self-employment jobs.
To sensitize the youths about the gender related issues and practices in the society and schools.
• Organizing workshop/ training for gender related issues and practices with the facilitators/ volunteers.
• Participate in community sensitization about the gender related issues and practices.
• Engagement of volunteers in brick making as a self-employment activity.
• Participate in community sensitization about the modern farming techniques.
• Working on demonstration sites and practicing modern farming techniques.
A mini seminar will be organized in 4 school and 2 places in community and participants share their own experience about agricultural activities, and gender related practices in their respective regions /countries.
Communities sensitized on gender related issues and practices.
Communities sensitized on self-employment related activities.
Communities sensitized on modern farming techniques.
Acquisition of knowledge and skills on modern farming techniques to the members.
Availability of bricks making
Demonstration sites put in place for brick making.
Cultural and educational visits:
During the work camp participants may visit different places
Former internally displaced people’s camps and resettlement sites to have a discussion on their coping mechanism.
Visiting fort Baker and former slave trade route and collection centers, Kabalega Hide out during the British invasion in the late 18th century.
Visiting various recreation centre and places of interest in and around Gulu.
Some places to be visited may be at a small fee for interested participants.
Who qualify to participate
One with Positive attitude, willing to interact with a diversity of cultures
Ambition to learn about the climate change and its effects in Uganda.
Ability to Adopt and enjoy living in simple conditions.
Willing to taste a variety of local foods and rural accommodation
NB: No special or particular expertise/skills required.
The Host Community
The project location is in a predominantly Acholi population speaking Luo with a good number fluent in English.
15 participants are expected from UPA branches countrywide, international participants and other well-wishers may attend with prior arrangement.
Participants are expected to work for 6 hours a day on the different activities and have Games, sports, Music, Drama and group discussions in the afternoon.
Gulu Municipal Council is serviced by several health facilities, which can be accessed within minutes.
Running water is accessible and there are recommended Boreholes for drinking, near the project sites.
During this period, temperatures will be ranging between 25 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius. It is sunny with a few intervals of rain.
The project will provide simple rooms with closed doors and windows. Therefore participants are required to carry along with them working shoes, gloves, working cloth, sleeping mats and bags, mosquito nets, their national flags, pictures and different games if possible.
Volunteers will prepare their own meals using charcoal and firewood. There is a variety of local foods to choose from.
What to bring
Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bags, mat, pillow, mosquito nets, sun/mosquito creams/repellants, working gloves and boots, shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and worm clothes at night hours as it may get cold or chilly. Musical instruments optional; such as flash light; water purifiers optional; personal effects i.e. soap tooth paste toiletries.
Bring your national flag, common art facts of your country, story books/novels games, pictures and local receipts for cultural presentations from your country is advisable too for cultural interaction.
Please carry along anything that you feel can as well introduce you and your culture to make it enjoyable. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude and energy
NB. Very short, hot pants; skirt and dresses will not be culturally welcomed especially for female.
Smoking in public is illegal engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence
Participation fee: 250 Euros for International volunteers
International participants are required to pay an extra fee of 250 Euros. The fee covers pick up from the airport or bus station/terminal upon arrival in Uganda, orientation at the UPA offices, local transport to and from the campsite, basic food and accommodation during the workcamp. The fee also contributes to the running of activities taking place during the workcamp and communication prior and other administrative costs to ensure that the project is successfully implemented.
The fee does not cover airport drop off after the project. Volunteers that intend to have the drop off service are required to consult with UPA to identify the service provider. It will cost the volunteer an extra 25-28 Euros for this service.
To allow the best preparations, participants are advised to arrive a day before commencement of the work camp applied for.
Accommodation is basic. In most cases the participants will be sleeping in community halls or school classrooms. The volunteers are required to bring with them a sleeping bag, a mosquito net and other personal requirements.
Meals are prepared by the participants in turns on charcoal stoves or open fire. The meals are basic, In case you need to have a special meal/diet, you have to buy it yourself.
For more information about the specific camps and activities, UPA provides an info sheet.
Cancellation of participation
Cancellation of participation before the project resumes while in Uganda attracts a 50% refund only. In case a volunteer cancels his/her participation during the workcamp, it is not possible to refund any amount of the participation fee to them. This is due to the fact that expenses are already incurred on communication, airport pick up, orientation, prior preparations before the workcamp and other logistics. However if a volunteer cancels his/her participation before arriving in Uganda, he will be given back the entire fee if payments were made prior to their arrival in the country.
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