- We have been in a long term partnership with Little Big Africa, check out there website here, it is a fantastic website with all the information aout what they do and what your role will be!
- BVDA works with Little Big Africa, a small Community-Orientated Organisation based in the town of Mbale. Volunteer projects take place in villages in the nearby Manafwa district in Eastern Uganda.
- The volunteers receive one week’s training at the start of the project to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to work successfully in the community. For example, you will learn some of the local language Lugisu to allow you to integrate into the communities.
- There are four main aims of the project; constructing a 10000 litre water tank outside a primary school which harvests rainwater, protecting a water source to provide clean drinking water to a community, building smokeless fuel efficient stoves (rocket lorena) in the community and teaching heath and sanitation lessons in a local primary school. The sustainability of the project is ensured by setting up committees of locals to continue the work once the volunteers have left.
- Volunteers live with their group in a house provided for them by the community.
- The projects take place in rural, mountainous areas; there is no electricity and the volunteers must collect their own water from protected water sources using jerry cans.
- Its an amazing project, giving you the chance to really integrate into a community and to be involved in a project which is sustainable and has a measurable impact in each and every community.
Information about Uganda
- Uganda is renowned for its green and fertile landscape and has the source of the Nile, located at Lake Victoria.
- It is one of the poorest countries in the world, and 37% of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day.
- Uganda has been successful in reducing the population infected by HIV/AIDS since the 1980s. It is now thought that around 6% of the population is HIV+.
- Life Expectancy in Uganda is 54 years (men) and 55 years (women).
- Their religious beliefs are wide spread with the main religions being Christian, Islam and various indigenous beliefs.
- Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as "the pearl of Africa"