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UPA/06/2020 UGANDA UGANDA RENO, SOCIAL, KIDS 11/08/2020 29/08/2020

Project title Psychological Support activities with orphans and vulnerable children and renovation work at Owing Primary School, the Site of the World Total Eclipse of the Year 2013

Date 11th – 29th August 2020

Duration 3 weeks

Project code UPA/06/2020

Project Host Pakwach branch Community Womens´ Association (COWA) Project Theme “Building Hope and Supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children in their Rights to Access Quality Education in Conducive Atmosphere.” Project Location The work camp shall take place at Otwikende Village, Local Council I, Panyango Sub county in Pakwach District. The project site is in Owiny Primary School, which was the Epicenter tor the famous World Total Eclipse of the Year 3rd November 2013. Owiny Primary School is located 10 km from Pakwach Town at Pukwero Trading Center on Wadelai-Arua Road. The School is 240 km North of Kampala City on Kampala-Arua road in the northern (West Nile region) of Uganda, bordered by River Nile and Lake Albert in the East and South Zombo and Arua District in the West and North respectively. Project Background The orphans and vulnerable children project at Owiny Primary School is an activity project of Community Women Association which was Started in the year 2015 by rural community women in Jonam County (Now Pakwach District) is a registered CBO in Pakwach District in the Northern (West Nile Region) part of Uganda. Owiny Primary School is a governmental aided institution but the work camp is intended to help in addressing the problems being faced by the orphans and the vulnerable in the school. Community Women Association (COWA) Conducted a pilot Study in Panyango Sub county and and realized that Owiny Primary School has the highest number of children who are either orphans or vulnerable and other social problems amongst other schools. COWA together with UPA Pakwach Branch and the School developed the work camp project proposal in order to address the plight of the Orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) totaling to 161 children aged between 5-12 years of age. With the HIV/AIDS rate still staggering between 6.5-7.0% in the Sub County (Source of information: Uganda Demographic and Health Survey) ignorance, illiteracy and attitude of the people against poverty, the burden of handling the consequences particularly that of orphans and vulnerable children remain huge challenge. Many more orphans and vulnerable children continue to live at the mercy of their helpless gran parents. Guardians who often do not provide enough for a happy living for the growing children. Faced with this desperate and miserable situation, many of the orphans and vulnerable children continue to lose hope increasing their vulnerability to social evils including drug abuse, prostitution, rape, under aged marriage, child labour, school dropout, gambling to mention a few. It's on this background that COWA, UPA-Pakwach and the School Management jointly continue to work on this project. The three week works camp project shall bring together the work camp volunteers, The School pupils, teachers, orphans and vulnerable parents/guardians and the communities in series of psychological support activities and renovation works of painting the school classrooms at Owiny Primary School Project Objectives ● To improve the classrooms health environment for the pupils and Owiny Primary School ● To offer the orphans and vulnerable children the opportunities to interact and share good practices as means to reduce stigma and discrimination ● To build hope and support the orphans and vulnerable children in their rights to education and reduce the numbers of school dropout. ● To interact with community and create orphans and vulnerable database for COWA activities beneficial to the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Activities Renovation works of painting the classrooms ● Cleaning the classrooms walls, windows and doors ● Mixing paints with water/paraffin or kerosene ● Painting the walls, windows and doors Social activities
● Communities visitations, counselling of orphans and vulnerable children especially child headed families, child mothers, bed ridden persons and a placement of referrals patients to Pukwero Health Center III (Government medical Facility) and prisoners at Ujigo Government Prison at Rasem in Wadelai ● Taking records on special forms and photographs of orphans and vulnerable children and parents/guardians for COWA data activities for advocacies, lobbying and foster parenthood programmes. ● Making/giving out playing materials to the children and arranging one day competitive singing, dancing, sports and games gala etc, giving small gifts to the winners by COWA organization. Expected outcomes ● 7 classrooms shall be painted at Owiny Primary School. ● 1000 pupils at Owiny Primary School shall be counselled through interaction/career guidance by the work camp participants. ● Reduced cases of stigma, discrimination and school dropout of the orphans and vulnerable children in the communities. ● Increased awareness in the communities on the need to understand, intervene, relate and effectively manage the psychological and social dynamics of the Orphans vulnerable children in their communities and especially in families of child headed households and child mothers. ● Establishment of orphans and vulnerable database for COWA OVC Support and Care programmes. ● 161 pupils who are orphans and vulnerable children shall be aided/given free scholastic materials by COWA organization Cultural and educational visits ● Home visits to orphans and vulnerable children in communities ● Visits to Fish Landing Sites along River Nile and Pacer Blacksmithing Wood Art and Crafts ● COWA tailoring and dressmaking workshop in Pakwach town main Market line. NB: There are many opportunities for visitors especially for tourism purposes but at the cost of the interested person(s) the sites are: ● The World Total Solar Eclipse (50 m from the work camp site), Hot and Cool Amur Pii Springs in Panymur (34 km away) Murchison Falls National Park (22 km away), Emin Pasha Tomb (the famous German explorer) etc ● A Cultural Night shall be organized for different nationalities at the work camp ● Birds and butterfly sanctuaries on river Nile at Pukwero and Panyango respectively
Beneficiaries ● 161 orphans and vulnerable children at Owingy Primary School and their families ● 12 teachers at Owiny Primary School ● 1000 pupils at Owiny Primary School ● The work camp participates ● The entire communities at Pakwero in Panyango Sub county Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of International and native volunteers. Participants will work for 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Saturdays and Sundays will be mainly for interactive activities with the children/pupils and the communities. Who qualifies to participate ● Open minded, ready to interact with other peoples of different cultural background ● Willing to share his/her experiences ● Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions ● Flexible to the taste of other foods (local African foods) ● Ready to do simple manual work on the project ● Positive attitude, willing to interact easily ● Ambitions to help the orphans and vulnerable children and their families ● Willing to play with the orphans and vulnerable children ● Willing to eat varieties of local foods and accommodation in school classrooms ● No expertise required Note No special/particular expertise/skills required, however participants with skills in psychosocial support, career guidance interactive games/sports, handling children issues, counselling will be added advantage. The Host Community The people found in Northern Uganda (West Nile Region) are multi-tribal with majority population being Alur/Lugbara. The majority of the languages spoken in the project are Alur/Jonam with a big percentage of the people speaking English very well. Like most regions in Uganda, the people in these communities always welcome visitors and are interested to talk/work with the people from other cultural backgrounds. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunities: ● interact with mostly children, youth, teachers, orphans and vulnerable children, COWA members and the local communities/authorities
● Live/stay and enjoy at the Epicenter of the Site of the World Famous Total Solar Eclipse monument of the 3th November 2013 at Otwikende Village in Owiny Primary School which is now a tourist center. Accommodation ● The accommodation will be in the school classrooms ● The participants will be required to carry own sleeping bags and mats ● The camp site has simple bathrooms with no showers ● The camp site has latrines no toilets ● A simple cooking shelter (Kitchen) ● The participants are expected to bring with them mosquito nets working clothes, gloves, shoes and children playing materials if possible ● If any games, information/pictures from host country, you can bring them. Meals ● There are several local foods to choose from e.g, Matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin and also rice, spaghetti, ground nuts, beans, peas and different types green vegetables ● Fruits can also be easily bought from local markets: mangoes, bananas, watermelon, pineapples, passion fruits, lemons ● Participants will choose which food to prepare depending on the availability. Note: If you need more fruits/extra meals/special diet you can get it at your own cost. Health services Pukwero Health Centre III is only 250 meters away from the work camp site , while Pakwach Health Center IV with Governmental doctors is 10 km, Nebbi and Arua hospitals are 35 km and 28 km away respectively. Private clinics being managed by registered National Doctors are available in Pakwach town 10 km away (about 20 minutes’ drive). Water source The project site has access to borehole water about 100 meters away from the work camp site. Climate/Weather During this period, temperatures will be ranging between 19 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius. It is expected to be rainy with intervals of sunshine. Therefore, volunteers should carry along strong boots, rain coats and umbrellas What to bring Sleeping bags, mats, mosquito nets, working gloves, rubber boots


 Shorts, dresses and skirts should reach knee length for cultural consideration.

 Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries.


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.
Please note
 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.