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UPA/08/2020 UGANDA UGANDA ECO, EDU 22/09/2020 09/10/2020

Project Title Global Workcamp on Reproductive Health in Rural communities.

Project Dates 22nd September - 9th October 2020

Duration 3 weeks

Project Code UPA/08/2020

Project Host Uganda Pioneers’ Association Central Branch Project Theme “Global learning and Sharing on Health Rights and Menstrual Challenges” Project Location Kakunyu village, Bukomero Sub-county in Kiboga District is located in the central part of Uganda. It is bordered by Luweero District in the North-east, Masindi in the north-west, Mubende district in the south and Kibaale district in the south-west. Kakunyu lies 85km on Kampala-Hoima road Project Background UPA Central Branch is located in Wakiso District at the premises of UPA Head office in Nansana, Ochieng Zone, eight (8) miles Hoima Road not far from Kampala. It is approximately 12 kilometers from Kampala city. Uganda Pioneers Association Central Branch has for the last 15 years reached out to the local communities in Wakiso District through voluntary service. This has been mainly through collaborations and partnerships with public and private institutions to enhance sustainable development. The Branch works within suburban areas that surround Kampala city. These areas face challenges that come along with urbanization ranging mainly from social-economic concerns. Unfortunately, it’s the youth age that is affected most hence a need to engage them to contribute towards a better community by participating in the different activities on a voluntary basis. The workcamp participants shall also engage with the community youth to in order to share information and knowledge on various thematic issues through group discussions, move debates and workshops Project Objectives  To train youths in 3 partner schools and the community in the production of re-usable sanitary pads  To reduce stigmatization amongst youths and teenage mothers about menstrual hygiene in Bukomero  To strengthen young girls’ attendance at school especially during menstrual periods in 3 partner schools  To raise more awareness about menstrual hygiene and access to youth friendly Reproductive Health services.  To involve the boy child in advocating for menstrual hygiene and awareness  To break the silence about adolescence sexual reproductive health amongst youths  To advocate for menstrual safe places in 3 partner schools Activities • orientation of campers
• Training of trainees on health rights, responsibilities and production of Eco-friendly re-usable pads • Training of 45 students and 30 community representatives in production of local and Eco-friendly re-usable pads • Carrying out debates in schools about menstrual hygiene • Blogging, Filming and capturing pictures and videos for all on-going activities at the camp. • Community dialogue on rights and responsibilities • Mountain hiking Expected Outcome • More than ninety Re-usable sanitary pads produced • Trainees equipped with knowledge • More awareness in schools and the community created on menstrual hygiene and human health rights • Increase in attendance of girls in schools during menstrual periods. • More than 50 youths sensitized on human health rights and responsibilities • Improved hygiene and sanitation at the community hospital with proper hand washing activity • A report and Blog produced at the end of work camp Cultural and educational visits During the work camp period the participants will visit the following places: • Visit the community market in Bukomero • Climbing the Kateera Hills Note:  Other visits on the weekend, could include Kampala (Ghaddafi Mosque, Kasubi Tombs etc) or Entebbe (Wildlife in the National parks, Botanical garden or beaches) at the cost of interested volunteers.  Cultural Nights will be organized on different days for the different countries represented at the work camp. Please carry along anything that can introduce your culture. Beneficiaries The beneficiaries are the Central branch members, students and community members in Bukomero town council. Participation The project expects 15 participants maximum with a composition of people from other regions of Uganda and International volunteer. Participants will work 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for social interaction and/or excursions unless if the official camp programme has an activity. Who qualify to participate • Open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural background • Willing to share his/her experiences • Flexible to live/stay in simple life conditions • Flexible to the taste of local and basic foods • Ready to work on the projects • No experience needed
The Host Community The people in this part of Uganda are multi-tribal with the majority population being Baganda. And the major language spoken is Luganda also a big percentage of people speaking English well. The major foods eaten in this region are matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, ground nuts, yams etc. Like most regions in Uganda people in this community always welcome visitors and always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds Accommodation • Accommodation will be in simple rooms. • Participants will be required to carry own mat and sleeping bag. • The camp site has simple bathrooms and pit latrines no showers • A simple cooking shelter (Kitchen) • Participants are requested to bring with them mosquito nets. Meals • The food is basic and simple. Be ready to take the same dish for some days in a row. • Fruits can at times be availed for the campers from local markets. • Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability. • Work campers will use charcoal or firewood to prepare the meals. • If you need more fruits/extra meals/special diet you can get it on your own cost. Health Services There is a Health Centre at Bukomero 5Km away. Kiboga main referral hospital is located only 25km on Kampala- Hoima road. In case of serious cases it is 1 ½ hours’ drive from Bukomero to Kampala for main hospitals. Water Source Participants use a bicycle and wheel barrows to collect water from a borehole 3kms away or collect water from nearby wells around the project. Weather During this period, temperatures will be ranging between 20 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius. It is sunny with a few intervals of rain. Therefore, volunteers should carry along strong boots, rain coats and umbrellas What to Bring Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, mat, mosquito net, sun cream, mosquito repellent, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument (optional); torch or flash light; water purifiers (optional); Personal effects (i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries) It would be nice if you can bring your national flag, common art facts of your country, stories, games, pictures and local recipes. It would be helpful for the cultural presentations about your country and for any 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


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.