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UPA/MLTV/014 UGANDA - - 15/09/2020 31/12/2020

CENTRE FOR SPECIAL ABILITIES (CeSA)
PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV/014
Project background Centre for Special Abilities (CeSA) is a Community Based Organization (CBO)
founded in January, 2015 with the aim of training children between 3years old and
above for independent living with practical life skills, experiences and knowledge
to help them be able to address challenges in life starting in Uganda and beyond.
Since then, it has been operating informally. The Foundation was legitimately
registered in September 2018 on No. WCBO /18 /1102 in Wakiso district.
Many children face a lot of challenges that could be social, emotional, mental or
even psychological along the course of life that could distract them from achieving
their life goals in future.
CeSA supports children facing such challenges to help them live an independent
life through therapies like occupational, speech and language and physio for
independent living as well as Special Needs Education。
NB: This is the only centre for dyslexic children in Uganda for primary and
secondary sections.
The objectives of the Centre are:

• To conduct community mobilization for sensitization, child psycho-
Educational assessment for intervention.

• To promote children’s health and Advocate for their rights.
• To develop the basic vocational skills in affordable and manageable fields
like Agriculture, music, food preparation and home management.
• To act as a model centre for hands on training of students from higher
institutions of learning.
• To promote environmental conservation strategies and practices for
sustainable development.
Volunteering with us will therefore be a memorable experience because it is
fun-packed, intriguing, full of learning, and satisfying. You will surely make a
difference!

Aim “A society in which children with special needs can grow and develop to their

full potential for independent living.”

Uganda Pioneers’ Association

TOGETHER WE SHAPE THE FUTURE

Project activities ACTIVITIES /AREA OF FOCUS

 Community mobilization, sensitization and empowerment.
 Child psycho-educational assessment for rehabilitation.
 Occupational therapy.
 Speech and language therapy
 Physio therapy
 Special needs education
 Basic skills development
 Advocacy and networking
 Capacity building
 Spiritual and Religious development

Volunteer’s
roles/tasks

The volunteer will be expected to assist the full-time staff by participating in the
following:
 Preparing resources and materials required in the learning process
 Assist with indoor and outdoor games.
 Assist in arranging parties and other special school days
 Preparing excursions and field tours
 Music, Dance and Drama
 Arts and Crafts
 Engaging children with enjoyable literature – reading, storytelling and
writing.
 Contribute to documentation of children’s learning.
 Organize children’s holiday camps
 Arranging for teachers and parents’ workshops
 IT-related activities, e.g. web design, social networking, etc.
 Participating in therapy work

Volunteer qualities

 The volunteer must:
 Exhibit passion/enthusiasm for children with special needs.
 Be patient and flexible
 Be friendly and open minded
 Be creative and have a sense of humor
 Be honest, caring and reliable
 Exhibit effective communication skills appropriate for children
 Have respect for differences in personality, culture etc.
 Have a willingness to learn and share knowledge and experiences

Accommodation &
transport

The Volunteer can stay at UPA Guest House, or at a selected host family. The
school is 1⁄2 km from UPA Guesthouse.
It’s a workable distance.

Uganda Pioneers’ Association

TOGETHER WE SHAPE THE FUTURE

Host Community

The project is located in a Peri-urban area where a big percentage of people
can speak English well. There are of course some scores of the community and
parents who are more comfortable with the local dialect Luganda.
Like most regions in Uganda people in this community are very friendly to
visitors and are always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural
backgrounds.
At CeSA, the main language of communication is English.

Comment From UPA

The placement requires volunteers that are highly motivated, creative and
innovative. It is an interesting project and introduces you to a really local setting
and early child growing experiences in Uganda.
Note:
All volunteers choosing school projects should always remember to consider
the school holidays, schools are closed in April-May, August – September and
December to Early February.

Past Volunteers From Japan

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Participants are required to pay a participation fee of Euro 500 (five hundred Euros) on arrival
for a period of 1- 3months and 80 Euros (eighty Euros) in advance for each additional month/s.
The fee covers pick up from the airport or bus terminal upon arrival in Uganda, on-arrival
training (orientation), guesthouse maintenance, accommodation and other operational utilities
like water, cooking gas, power, kitchen utensils and a monthly contribution for those living in
host families, project evaluations and administration costs. Volunteers are advised to have a
comprehensive study of our volunteers’ guidebook to acquaint themselves with the dynamics
of volunteering with UPA and our projects before making decision.