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UPA/MLTV/017 UGANDA Nansana - 15/09/2020 31/12/2020

3: CHILDREN’S HOMES
MENGO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LINK (MYDEL)
UPA PROJECT CODE: UPA/MLTV/017
Background Mengo Youth Development Link (MYDEL) is a nongovernment organization
based in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It was founded in 2001 as a slum
youth initiative under the patronage of Mr. Pascal Lutaya. Starting as a
community based organization (CBO) during the outbreak of cholera and
Ebola in many of the slum areas in Kampala, MYDEL initially focused on
hygiene and health sensitization of the affected people, supported by local
politicians and the community itself. Working in close collaboration with the
local population and local leaders, MYDEL became aware of other community
challenges, which included a high rate of HIV/AIDS infections, drug abuse,
prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence and the marginalization of people
with disabilities. In 2004 MYDEL was officially registered as an NGO and
expanded its activities according to the needs assessment carried out in an
early state of its operation. Following an early intervention approach, MYDEL
decided to focus their programs on the most vulnerable children and youths
from the slum community, most of whom being school dropouts and orphans.
MYDEL’s mission is the empowerment of this target group through education,
sensitization and skills development to contribute to a sustainable poverty
reduction among these marginalized communities.

Aims Our major aim is to achieve a sustainable improvement of marginalized

communities in Uganda.
Activities  Education in Primary School
 Counseling and psychosocial support,
 Resource mobilization,
 Vocational training,
 Soccer program,
 Music, dance and (drama, mainly in holidays)
 Community and home visits among others at our projects in Kampala and
Wakiso.
 New Project in Mengo: "creative learning centre"
 mainly for girls
 vocational skills for girls (health, entrepreneurship loans)

Volunteer tasks  Teaching

 Organizing, teaching and supervising in the computer class
 Assisting in Counseling and psychosocial support
 Vocational training (if the volunteers brings the skills)
 Soccer program
 Music, dance and drama
 participating in community and home visits together with other staff, to
see the life situation of the children living in the slums

Uganda Pioneers’ Association

TOGETHER WE SHAPE THE FUTURE

Volunteer qualities MYDEL has different programs, it depends on the volunteers skills and

interest where to engage, there is room for new activities.
Volunteers with social work skills but also other professions are very
welcomed, but no profession is needed.

Working hours Volunteers are supposed to be the office at around 9:30am and work will

finish at around 3:30 pm (except during holidays).
However, in some cases volunteers may work longer hours.

Transport It takes 1000 ug.shs (to and from) from UPA to MYDEL Children’s Centre in
Nansana and 4,000 Ug.shs to and from our projects in Mengo – Kampala by
public means. For Kampala Branch, a volunteer can take a boda-boda for
between 4000-5000 UGX shillings.

Accommodation UPA Guesthouse in Nansana or a host family in Nansana
Comments from UPA The placement at MYDEL can be interesting since it offers a volunteer an
opportunity to be fully engaged in different activities ranging from children to
community projects. It requires a volunteer who loves children and flexible.
Communication Most of the children can communicate in English; otherwise, translation is

also possible at the project.
Past volunteers Finland, Netherlands, Germany

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.