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THE MOTIVE TO VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering either through individual or group action is away in which: human values of community,
caring and serving can be sustained and strengthened it is a fundamental building block of civil society. It
brings to life the noble aspirations of human kind, the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety.
For every reason a person volunteers, there is a need associated and to effectively convey gratitude, it is
necessary to determine what everyone’s distinct need is. Everyone has a button that can be pushed and the
issue is intriguing each potential volunteer so they will become ebullient in a distinct way. These
necessities include, an agency that has a stimulating mission has a good reputation, is effective at what it
does, is financially secure, and makes them feel needed and valuable. A program that successfully attracts
and retains volunteers reduces the number of people entering and exiting through a revolving door, saves
volunteer leaders from the incessant undertaking of filling roles, and offers gratifying and enduring
volunteer experiences.Volunteering in Uganda

There are several factors relating to peoples’ motives for volunteering, which included the following:
a) Serves as a groundwork for employment
b) Presents a reward for displeasing employment
c) Offers opportunities to meet people and build relationships
d) Provides opportunity for personal growth, development, and recognition
Maxwell (1993) addressed factors associated with the motivation of volunteers. When people are
involved in creating something, they will support it because they have an investment in the issue, which
can be referred to as goal participation. Displeased volunteers are eager or inspired to make an immediate
change; also, known as positive dissatisfaction.

“Potential board members, volunteers, and staff who feel their skills and passion will be put to good use
will be inclined to contribute their efforts to a successful non-profit, advancing their active participation in
the community while benefiting your non-profit and its mission” (LaPiana & Hayes, 2005, p. 42). These
authors also discussed that some competitive challenges distinctive to these organizations include the
following: community involvement, mission, and public perception. It is essential to keep these elements
in mind regarding attracting, motivating, and retaining volunteers.

Significant contributions, goal participation, positive dissatisfaction, recognition, and clear expectations
also motivate people to engage in volunteer work. People may be interested in volunteering based on
altruistic or instrumental motives. Furthermore, some people are inspired to engage in volunteer roles
because of ethical motives such as a desire to help others, religious beliefs, believe it is a social duty, or
help themselves feel better. Others with influential reasons may want to prepare for employment
opportunities, better use free time, interact with others, gain experience in a field, or help with displeasing
employment issues. They also explained that when volunteers work in an encouraging environment,
recognize efforts, and work to maintain positive relationships, they are more likely to remain engaged.

Other reasons that motivate people to engage in volunteer capacities include significant contributions,
goal participation, positive dissatisfaction, recognition, and clear expectations. When it is appropriate for
volunteers to assist in recruiting other volunteers, retention can be positively impacted. Furthermore,
when volunteers represent an organization, this indicates trust, a confident organizational culture, and
assurance that the agency offers a worthwhile experience for the volunteers. Fisher and Cole (1993)
explained that psychological needs can impact a person’ interest and decision to volunteer. An
environment can influence the choice to continue volunteering. Hager and Brudney (2004) explained that
age can be a factor in volunteer engagement and commitment. They continued to discuss that people
under age 24 are known to have lower retention rates and are less likely to sustain relationships compared
to older volunteers. Due to the substantial preparation and consideration associated with a person’s
decision to volunteer suggests that individual needs are essential foundations of volunteer motivation
(Dwyer, et al., 2013).

This involves determining where people fit, how their abilities can be put to proper use, and then provides
them with the tools needed to adequately perform their roles. Volunteers are more likely to remain
engaged when they have the resources needed to successfully perform their position, have a clear
understanding of expectations, are interviewed, and reasonably placed in their appointment.
In conclusion People engage in volunteer capacities because they care; therefore, it is essential to provide
them with opportunities to contribute as much as they can.

Webmasters January 28, 2021 No Comments

KNOW MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING UGANDA

Volunteering in Uganda is an NGO initiative aimed at reaching out to the various needs within the Ugandan society through volunteerism. The organization has an objective of availing an opportunity to everybody that has a zeal of changing and transforming a society positively, through provision of a platform and hands – on involvement in the support process. Through its partnership with Love Uganda Foundation, Volunteering in Uganda intends to “make volunteerism a relevant, purposeful engine for democracy and sustainable communities today, and by so doing, create a vibrant purposeful society tomorrow.”

Also known as “Footprint Volunteer Uganda“, the organization has diverse programs which include; the elderly program, disabled program, HIV/AIDS program, Youth program, Childcare program, widows program, water and sanitation program, healthcare program, human rights and development program. All the above programs are catered for within the organizations four major programs which are; The Community Development Program, The Healthcare program, The Education/teaching program and The Childcare/Orphanage program. Each of these programs is specifically and carefully arranged to cater for the needs of the different beneficiaries of the Organization.

The Community Development Program believes that through training local farmers, helping the local women groups, sensitizing women, and child advocacy, volunteers can be able to cause a rewarding impact on society.    This particular program involves work alongside people within the local communities, engaging in developmental programs through carrying out; education, women`s empowerment, environmental monitoring, income generating activities, health management and mapping. The Community Development Program is divided into the Women Empowerment program and the Youth Empowerment Program.Volunteering in Uganda

Under the Women Empowerment Program, Volunteering in Uganda notes that “If you want to change a culture, to empower women, to improve basic hygiene and healthcare, to fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.” It is for this reason that this volunteer program is steered towards creation of better welfare and socioeconomic development of women from poor areas both within rural areas and Uganda`s capital city – Kampala. Volunteers are thus given the opportunity to participate in this through many projects, some of which are; teaching the English language to young women, providing training on proper account keeping to women in small finance groups, participating in, as well as initiating awareness raising activities in various issues, working with women in their farms, arranging activities to improve the self-confidence and educational development of women, working with Love Uganda Foundation local staff to train women etc. All the volunteer programs are aimed at ending discrimination against women in the most marginalized communities.

The Youth Empowerment Program is geared towards supporting the youth, who demographically, make up 78% of Uganda`s population, making it the youngest population worldwide. UNICEF defines youth as being between the ages 15-24years. Unfortunately, despite being the majority of the country being young and vibrant, statistics show that the unemployment rate in Uganda is 83%, with 3.2% of Uganda Youth working for waged employment, 90.9% working for informal employment and 5.8% being self-employed. It is thus Volunteering in Uganda`s desire to changes these statistics through availing opportunities for volunteers to support the youth in Uganda by sharing success stories, impartation of skills such as leadership to the youth and where need be, grant financial support to them. The youth are also encouraged to take part in community stimulating activities.

Under the Healthcare program, Volunteering in Uganda aims at improving health in rural communities through educating and engaging people in health programs. This volunteer program is however limited to only volunteers with a medical background and public health. Volunteers in this program are taken to some of the rural hospitals, clinics, communities or orphanages where they provide checkups, basic medical care, early intervention services, family planning information etc. Volunteering in Uganda understands that Health is a basic human right and as a result, it put in place such programs to ensure that the vulnerable people in Uganda can access them.

Recognizing that the Right to Education is a fundamental human right, Volunteering in Uganda seeks to make the access to that right possible for as many children as it can reach through its Education/Teaching Volunteer program. Under this, volunteers work in government and public schools, mainly teaching children aged between 4-16 years in English, Maths, Geography, Religious Education, Entrepreneurship, General Knowledge and Physical Education. This particular field requires the volunteer to be compassionate and have the ability to care for and relate with children, through fun and outgoing activities that are able to grab the interest of the children and creative teaching methodologies with which they can easily learn. Volunteers under this program are required to work for 4-5 hours each day, for five days in a week.

Finally, Volunteering in Uganda has a volunteer program set up to render support to the orphaned, poor and marginalized children of Uganda through its Childcare program. This program seeks to reach out to children who have not acquired the parental support that they need and have faced a number of challenges in life. Under this program, Volunteers are able to support and love orphans under the care of Love Uganda Orphanage which is based in Kalagi – Mukono. The orphanage is home to 20 vulnerable children aged between 3-15 years, among who are disabled children, those that were abandoned and some of them living with HIV/AIDS. This Volunteer program also reaches out to 50 other children under the external child care program, where the organization gives support to very poor single families. Within this program, volunteers can participate in the rescuing and restoration of hope to such vulnerable children.

Seeing as the world has partnered to create a positive and long lasting impact globally through the UNDPs Sustainable Development Goals, Volunteering in Uganda is actively playing her role, with emphasis on SDG No. 1-No poverty, SDG No. 3- Good health, SDG No.4- Education, and SDG No. 5- Gender equality. It is thus a call to action for all those with a passion for causing and participating in the creation of a world that can support the existence of life today, as well as enable a fruitful life for future generations, through either partnering with Volunteering in Uganda or giving to the cause.

Webmasters January 8, 2021 No Comments

FREE MEDICAL CAMPS_ASAVIOUR TO THE POOR AND SLUM DWELLERS

Free medical camps are medical care services that are taken direct to the grass root population free of charge. And  there are set up with the a sacred aim of bringing awareness amongst the most deprived population of the country who have less access to basic medical services or knowledge about different diseases they suffer from.

So medical camps offer all services at no cost towards these communities among such services includes, medicine distribution, medical advice, surgeries as well as making referral to where it is required.

Rural and slum areas being prone to extreme poverty, there is a great need for NGOs and other stake holders to fuel the need for offering free medical camps with the agenda of saving lives at least once in every 3 months or depending on how they please because a health body is a health mind.Free-Medical-Camps

Besides proving primary health care, the camps also contribute to raising awareness amongst the people informing them about the importance of adequate nutritious food, clean water, dangers and risks of environmental pollution as well as the vitality of family planning education and services.

More so, the main objective of these camps is to bring affordable health care services to the community and identify the common health problems in order to device ways of addressing them. These camps ensure that people get the healthcare at the right time and seeing the doctors before the small problem gets out of hand.

Medical camps are conducted by professionals and they carry out a limited health intervention amongst the under privileged communities. Getting the appropriate kind of health checkups is vital for every human being and while considering it, some important factors like age, lifestyle, family background and risks are taken into account.

Health examinations and tests at an early stage of the sickness can help to cure it faster and save a life before it can cause any damage. People live longer and healthier only if their lives are taken important.

Medical camps are as well good in proving the poor population with an overall physical examination which includes the eye checkups, HIV testing, assessment of the functioning of the vital organs like the lungs, kidney, liver digestive system, immunity and the heart. Such services are helpful for the poor people who earn a meager income regardless of their race or social status and cannot afford to go to hospitals that offer good services.

Teaching these communities and raising awareness of how best they can deal and treat the communicable and non-communicable diseases is one of the major roles of medical camps.

The medical personnel conducting these camps always act in the best interest of the patients as they inform them the whole truth about the sickness and the treatment that is required for it since healthcare is a basic human right which should be available for every one and shouldn’t be treated as a commodity for only those that can spend money to buy the service.

When we say that free medical camps are important in slums areas, it’s because of the kind of life that they live in. Life in the slums is very hard to predict, they can never tell what tomorrow has in custody for them. They tend to face a lot of challenges among which poverty becomes a major one. Therefore it becomes very hard for them to even afford a test in the hospital once they fall sick hence resorting to self-medication and this once it finds a worst situation, it escalates it putting them at the risk of losing their lives.

Because slums are among the least places that the government care for, in most cases they are considered criminals because of the nature of life they live in. In most cases the nonprofit organizations strive to take the services to them though it’s not enough. Therefore this qualifies them to get free medical camps.

A medical camp is solely serving humanity by taking care of the sick children and adults and giving them healthcare services for free. When the majority of hospitals and clinics close doors for the poor people, leaving them to die from conditions that could be managed, trauma, and other health conditions, free medical camps step in as their biggest hope.

Even the poorest among us deserves dignity of human right which cannot be declined. They should not be under looked because of their status; we are all one before God.

Webmasters November 2, 2020 No Comments

TEACHING GOES BEYOND THE PROFESSION.

Teaching in Uganda

Teaching goes beyond the profession

A lot of attention has been put on education and not much on the educator or teacher. Education is both systematic and progressive and without education or learning, an individual is bound to become a public nuisance. Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ And truly for the world to change, much more emphasis needs to be put on education and teaching.

For education to take place, there must be a teacher, and sometimes life is our teacher and other times it is individuals. We must learn that teaching goes beyond the profession. A teacher has been defined as a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue. So it`s not about the profession as much as it is about the person. It has been discovered that the first teacher any child has is his/her mother. Right from the womb, the fetus begins to pick signals from their mother and these signals are translated to affect their development. It’s the individuals that we meet on a daily that become teachers to us because from our various interactions with them, we learn to deal with many stresses and how to relate with people.

Teaching goes beyond the profession because, for a teacher to have a long-lasting impact, there must be passion, love, vision, a dream and the game-changer attitude within a person. A true teacher looks beyond what they will benefit from the service that they give and focus on what the learner has to gain. The beauty of it is that we don`t need to sit in classrooms for us to be teachers or learners because every day we meet potential teachers and students. It is our attitude towards them that determines what they will at the end of the interaction, walk away with.

Love and hatred, morality and ethics, good and bad, kindness and mercy; all these are not taught and learnt in a classroom. Some of these are learnt on the streets, others in market places and others from inconvenient places.

It means that we are all students and we are all teachers. We will always be teachers because it is our experiences that we teach and impart into others. Our interactions with others, the places we have been to and the events that take place in our lives make us teachers.

Some people choose to take up the teaching profession so that they can mentor, guide and impart skills into others as a way of changing them. Then some people are teachers at heart, and they go out of their way to make it possible for other people to become better. They source out for information that will empower others, and they look beyond the situations and limitations they might face and adopt better means of engaging their learners.

Many of these teachers fall under the informal education sector and they teach tremendously well. They teach soft skills, vocational skills, morals, ethics and values in society that group the emotional and psychological being of many individuals.

Now that you know that you are a teacher and the world is full of your students, you must build upon yourself and your interaction with the world. Become intentional about everything that you do because like it or not, the world is watching. And even though not everyone may care, there is a high probability that many people are picking the signals that you give off and these inform their world views. Be kind.

Sometimes we want to share our skills and are passionate about making an impact on hearts that are ready and willing to receive from us but we are limited by whom to contact. Look and believe, then you will see those grounds. And if it so happens that you are not a teacher by profession, find a community to volunteer. Talk to the local leaders in a particular region, let them know what your passion is and the motivation behind it and set it rolling.

If your passion stirs the desire to travel in order to do so, don`t hesitate, take a bus or a plane and travel to the grounds that will receive the seed you want to sow. We are sure that there are many people with a desire to learn but have limited access to teachers.  These will gladly receive you with open hands.

You could visit Volunteering in Uganda and let us give you the opportunity to teach under our community Development Program . Be it a skill, a story, a song or any lesson that is valuable and relevant for the social, mental and spiritual development of the child and other community members; we will avail the learners to you.

We are all teachers because it is much more than the profession. So let`s teach and forever learn.

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EMPOWERING THE AFRICAN YOUTH

Empowering the African Youth.

Africa is believed to have over 200 million youths aged between 15 and 24 years old and this number is expected to increase. Each year, 10 million youth graduates join the work force. Because of this, Africa’s labor force will surpass both India’s and China’s by 2040.

A lot has been said and written about Africa’s impressive growth over the past decade and its emergence as the next global economic frontier. Excitement though has been tempered by the reality that for many, growth has neither translated into improved living standards nor created enough jobs especially for the youth. Read more