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UPA/07/2020 UGANDA UGANDA SOCIAL, CULTURAL 07/09/2020 26/09/2020

Project title
International work camp on girl child education programme
Project date
7th - 26th September 2020
Project duration
3 weeks
Project code
Project theme
“Educating a Girl Child for a better society”
Project host
Siripi primary and secondary school, Rhino camp/ Imvepi refugee settlement Arua district
Project location
Ocea village, Imvepi parish, Odupi sub county, Terego east county, Arua district
Project background
Due to cultural beliefs there has been a big gap in enrollment in schools between girls and boys
In most cases boys are taken as the first priority in education. This is so because girls have been continually considered to bring in wealth/ dowry. As such, girls are forced to early marriages denying them the opportunity to study and this also increases the dropout rates in schools.
This however is complicated with the poverty level of the population of the area. Most of them are subsistence agriculturalists who are living below the poverty line.
Project objective
Therefore this projects concept advocates the promotion of girl child education through direct training of the youth, sensitization of the community about the importance of educating a girl child in the Odupi sub county (Terego East – Arua district).
At least the end of every year, twenty five students should have taken a step to the next level.
On the availability of funds, the project educates twenty girls in the district yearly and engages them and the community in other development activities during holiday/ vacations.
They are involved in social responsibility activities like planting trees, cleaning the community health unity compound and the streets, sensitizing about environmental protection in the area.
Sensitizing the parents about the need of girl child education through radio talk show, community meetings, and stake holders meetings like government leaders, opinion leaders, religious leaders, elders and local councils.
Project activities
 Participants arrival/ registration
 Community meetings
 Sensitizing parents
 Students meetings
 Training youths
 Radio talk show
 Stake holders meeting
 Tree planting
 Cultural night/ games and sports competition
out come
By educating at least 40% the girls in the area will enable the traditional thinking of the people thus an effective response should be taken to create community awareness through radio and television talk shows, elders, political leaders, religious leaders and training these young girls in entrepreneurship and other basic skills during holidays to ensure that they are flexible and can be able to manage any business rather than looking for white collar jobs after their basic education.
Educational visits
 Visiting the largest refugee camp in Uganda (west Nile region)
 Arua city and the big hotels
 National boundaries of Congo/ southern Sudan
 Nile bases and falls in Uganda
 Girls and boys (youths)
 Parents and teachers
 Volunteers both national and international
 Stake holders
 Upa members
 Local community
The project expects a maximum of 25 participants. The participants will work for 5 days a week, weekends are for social interaction and or excursions unless if the official camp program has scheduled an activity.
Qualification to participate
 Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background
 Positive attitude
 Willing to share his/ her experiences
 Flexible to live/ stay in simple living conditions
 Ready to do heavy work on the project
 No experience needed.
Host community
The people found in west Nile region are multi tribe with the majority population being Lugbara, and the majority language spoken is Lugbarati with also a big percentage of people speaking English well.
Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/ work with people from other cultural backgrounds.
The participants of this project will have the opportunity to interact with mostly students, trainees, instructors and upa members and those from the community.
 Accommodation will be in the dorms at training center nearby school/ project.
 Participants will be required to bring their own sleeping bags, nets etc.
 The accommodation has a simple bathroom without shower (there is no running water) and latrines as toilets.
 The accommodation and work place don’t have electricity but there is solar power to run the lights at the project.
 Three (3) meals a day will be provide, breakfast, lunch and dinner
 Breakfast will consist of bread, chapatti, eggs and fruits
 Lunch and dinner will consist of local food, eg cassava, sweet potato, rice, ground nuts, beans, Posho, and different types of vegetables.
 The fruits are available and participants will prepare meals together with a Ugandan cook using a fire woods and charcoal stove.
Health services
There is grade four health centre in Siripi village 60m away from the project/ accommodation with a good reputation.
Water source
The project has access to borehole and tap stand water within project compound.
September is the first month in the beginning of the long rain. It is usually wet and muddy. It is advisable to bring strong boots. The temperatures are warm between 25-30 degrees centigrade and the evenings are at times a bit cold, Rain is frequent.
What to bring
The participants shall be required to bring their own sleeping bag, mat, pillow, mosquito nets, sun cream, working gloves, boots, shoes and light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold.
It would be nice if you could bring your national flag, common art facts of your country, stories, games, pictures and local receipts, it would be helpful for the cultural presentations about your country and for the social interactions.
Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude.
 Shorts, dresses and skirts should reach knee length for cultural consideration.
 Smoking in public is illegal while 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.
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.