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TAATA KIDS

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  • DescriptionHello thanks for your interest to visit our profile online :)

    We are a Non Profit Organization created to help and empower the children in Uganda. We help by giving these children the means for a better life through education and psycho-social support. Our schools and rescue programs are currently helping needy children in Mbale, we're owning land where the new construction progressing for orphanage school. These children are vulnerable to dangerous traditional cultural practices that were exposing them to the dangers of child labour, heavy domestic work, sexual abuse, forced early marriage, exposure to HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancies. Every day we are helping more and more children to escape this lifestyle by lending a helping hand and offering an education and care.

    We believe that it is up to the next generation to break the cycle, and unify a continent whose unfathomable potential has been locked for over a century. Our curriculum focuses on inspiring a sense of purpose in the hearts of each child by teaching them one person can be the difference. Not only do we hope to expand our schools across Africa, but more importantly, to spread the project's philosophy.

    The people in our community are so welcoming and friendly and love having visitors. We have beautiful weather and anyone can easily adjust to it. We give Volunteers a chance to visit different places here and learn more about our culture and the environment. Expect to have lots of fun with us. If you have never crossed the equator can you expect this on your first day in Uganda!

    Headquarter- Mbale
    Location: Mugisu village, Namakwekwe (2km/5mins from center of Mbale town), Northern division, Mbale Eastern Uganda (240kms/6 hrs from Kampala)
  • LocationUganda, Eastern Region, Mbale, Mbale

  • Work
  • Type of work We’re looking for helpful volunteers with a compassionate heart to save orphans and vulnerable children in our project with the following skills:

    — Fundraising / Grant Writing —
    We are focused on improving our school, with many plans for the future. We hope to support more vulnerable children with our recently purchased land close to Mbale town thanks to previous fundraising efforts. We hope to use this space for new buildings for our school as well as a place for orphaned studens to sleep and volunteer house. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still the biggest challenge is money. If you have willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing; if you know organizations, people or businesses, who/which could support us, you could make a huge difference here and in the lives of the disadvantaged.

    — Marketing / Networking —
    As a growing and ambitious organization, we strive to get on a fast track with our projects. Thus we are in need of marketing and networking our organization and its projects as wide as possible. If you know some good organizations that could support us, or would like to help extend our network, you are welcome to do so.

    — Teacher training —
    Our teachers are qualified and devoted to their work, but still in need of new, more effective, up-to-date teaching techniques and materials, as well as support, encouragement and renewal. We have nursery and primary classes here at the school. If you have the qualities and abilities to teach young children and train our staff, your help would be highly useful.

    — IT for online growth and support —
    Our website needs design and systemic improvements, however we lack the tools enabling us to update our website. We would like to have a monthly newsletter to report achievements, challenges and news, but we struggle with editing, design, and implementation.

    — Video Capturing and Editing—
    A volunteer with skills of capturing and editing videos is much needed as well, since people would like to visually see what our Kids are rather than merely reading about it. Sharing this on YouTube, the kids website, and on our Facebook page would raise awareness among a larger number of people, increasing the opportunity for receiving help.

    — Administration / Management training —
    With growth, we meet the challenges of more effective administration/management of our organization and its projects. We need our organizational structures and procedures to be revised, perhaps new policies to govern our activities to be implemented. We welcome all kind of project management trainings.

    — Teaching / Assisting in the classrooms —
    The kids are young and very active, so it is not easy for one teacher to manage a class of more than 50 children. In nursery classes we usually learn songs, good health habits, and educational games. For primary classes we teach reading, writing, counting, social studies, health care and science. Your willingness and/or abilities are very welcome to help us at the classrooms.

    — Sports education —
    Children in Uganda are mostly active and physically fit, but we lack professional sport training. The favorite game here is football (soccer) – every boy dreams of being a football player. Thus football coaches would be most welcome. Children are very open to other sports too, like volleyball, basketball, karate, etc. So if you can train any sport and love working with children, you will absolutely enjoy it because the kids are very eager to learn! (Sports days are twice a week)

    — Music / Dancing / Drama education —
    We have a huge bunch of very creative children at our school (and one drum!) but we lack a professional arts teacher. Music, singing, dancing and/or drama teachers would be very welcome. Our Future vision is to have our own students’ band!
  • Hours per day 5 hours a day but sometimes it depending on volunteer's wish Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and a volunteer can stay anytime he/she wishes to volunteering with us.
  • Work requirements: TRANSPORTATION FROM AIRPORT TO OUR PROJECT IN MBALE.
    Its 8 hours from Airport which is cost $100, with your bags,drinking water, food, public toilet use and also with our guide if you wish to pick-up you from the Airport which costly he/her to come and back on that same money! But if you wish to come by yourself, it cost $50 only. From Airport to Kampala use special car (TAXI), Kampala to Mbale by big bus and Mbale town to our project by BODA-BODA (Motorcycle). And if you wish to stay in the Guest house for a night around Entabbe Airport cost $50 per night without food and drinking water.

    VISA INFORMATION
    Most visitors to Uganda need to obtain a visa including Europeans, Americans and nationals from Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Volunteers are advised to obtain a tourist visa to enter Uganda. Work permits and “CLASS G1 WORK VISAS – VOLUNTEERS, NGO WORKERS, MISSIONARIES” usually are too complicated to get. A single entry tourist visa (valid for three months from the date of issue) is available upon entry into Uganda - by land or air. Upon arrival, you will fill out a visa application form which you will submit alongside a payment of 100 USD (exact sum) to receive your visa. Acquiring the Visa upon arrival is cheaper and the process straight forward, moreover the chances of Visa denial are almost zero if you can meet the simple entry requirements.

    A six-month multiple entry visa. Other categories of multiple entry visas (12 months, 24 months & 36 months) can be applied for at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala. Information on these other categories can be found on the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Where visitors seek to stay longer than the period granted on arrival, extension of the period should be sought from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala before expiry of the initial visitor’s pass.

    Below is a list of countries whose National do not require to pay for a visa to enter Uganda: Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Italy (Diplomatic Passport holders only), Jamaica, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival.

    Passport: You need a valid passport, one that is expiring at least 6 months from the date you enter Uganda.


    Visa
    • Sufficient Funds: No amount is currently specified by the immigration, but having a Credit Card and a return ticket are good evidence to convince the immigration officer that you have enough money with you.
    • Return / Onward Tickets: This is your evidence to prove that you have enough money on you, however, if you possess a one-way ticket, be ready to do some explaining to the immigration officer who might think you do not have enough funds to buy a flight out the country.

    International Health Certificate: You may sometimes be requested to present this document to show that have received a yellow fever vaccine shot. You should do the vaccination at least two weeks before arrival to Uganda, as it starts working in your immune system in 10 days after you get shot.

    Internet Access:
    When it comes to internet access, we do not have any wifi at the school. However, most volunteers get a national SIM card for a maximum of $1, and load it with 3G. There are also wifi nearbyour school and internet cafes in Mbale town by using a boda-boda (motorcycle) ride there is only about 30 cents (US).

    Thank you for choosing us online :)
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Anytime
  • Duration of stay: 1 week, a month or a year depending on his/her choice
  • Maximum number of helpers: 5
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? No pets.
  • Smokes at home? Yes
  • Accommodation: ACCOMMODATION
    Please your free to choose the type of accommodation your wish to stay!

    RENTING A ROOM IN COMMUNITY!
    We give an opportunity to our volunteer to experience African lifestyle by renting a room in local community nearby our school which cost $60 a month. We provide Beddings and a mosquito net, bucket, Jerrycan, cup and plates for you. Monday to Friday, we provide for you breakfast (black tea) and lunch (posho and beans) at school. Dinners in the restaurants plates for $2 or $3, things are really cheap here.

    SHARING A ROOM
    We have ONEROOM HOSTEL (cost $2 per day) Most of the time you can share, we eat food in the restaurants a plate can go for $2 or $3, things are really cheap here. we don't provide food to volunteers but at our house we also have access to cook food, but we contribute some money according to the number of people who are staying at the house ($3) So that you can cook at home anytime you feel like.
  • Additional info
  • TRAVEL AND TOUR IN UGANDA
    We give our volunteers an opportunity to travel and experience all parts of Uganda by create budgets depending on which locations they wish to visit and guides can show the wonders of our country without the hassle and stress of being alone in the unknown.

    In the mornings, when the sun is rising above Mountain Elgon there is opportunities to do hiking into the tropical mountains or shower in beautiful waterfalls surrounded by coffee plantations. You can also eat mixed tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and jack fruit for breakfast with passion fruit juice and tea.
    In the evenings you’re always welcome to play football or any game with kids and youth, chat with them, sing and learn African songs or go for a walk in hilly village areas. Local people and especially children are very happy to spend their time with “Muzungu” (white person). Anywhere you go they greet you “Muzungu, how are you?”

    On the weekends and other days-off it’s a good time for touring and exploring Uganda – the pearl of Africa. We have plenty wonderful touring opportunities in our area.

    Mbale – Mountain Elgon National Park with Sipi falls, local tribes, picturesque nature, etc.
    You also have the opportunity to visit BCU, a coffee factory just outside Mbale, which has been appreciated among previous volunteers.

    Lake Victoria- Take a boat ride out to see the island with a chimpanzee sanctuary and discover a huge variety of African wildlife.

    Jinja- A beautiful town home to the Source of River Nile and many other attractions like white water rafting, bungee jumping and kayaking.

    Karamoja region – Highly populated by uncivilized herdsmen tribes, retaining their traditional religious beliefs and unique lifestyle

    Kampala – Our bustling & vibrant capital city with lots of opportunities to go to western style restaurants, hotels and clubs. You can also visit the Mandela National Football Stadium and watch the Ugandan football team take on different opponents.

    Entebbe – Not only the location of Entebbe International Airport (Uganda’s main airport), this is also a cozy little town surrounded by Victoria lake with a zoo, botanical gardens, and sandy beaches along the shore of the lake.