The Real Uganda supports a number of women's groups in Uganda. These groups are made up of widows and abandoned women - all with multiple children. While these ladies work hard to improve life each day, a lack of formal education and the burden of raising their families alome, is extremely limiting.
International volunteers ease their burden by offering free hands in communal gardens, new ideas on small business development, and current information regarding family health matters.
Volunteers join in on the day's work, lightening the load and creating a bond. Once the relationship is built, the women not only accept new information, but thank volunteers by teaching them local skills and cultural practices as well.
Past volunteers have learned to make their own beaded sandals, cook Ugandan meals, and shake their hips in traditional dance!
This program is part of our larger community outreach efforts. Volunteers may also spend time in classrooms and clinics, if desired.
- You'll go beyond volunteering and really immerse yourself in Uganda culture
- You'll learn about the joys and heart break of being a woman in Uganda
- You'll create real relationships with motivated women, working every day to improve their lives
- You'll learn new skills and approaches to life not common in western cultures
- You'll spend weekends with other volunteers exploring Uganda: rain forest zip-lining, white water rafting the Nile, wildlife safari, and primate tracking
Through culture exchange and sharing of ideas, both women and volunteers support each other's personal growth. The women learn new information to help them make decisions for their families. They show their appreciation to volunteers by teaching them how to dance, cook, and make local handicrafts.
Volunteering with this program builds deep cultural understanding, promoting international peace and solidarity.