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Community Based Organization

Organization Location: 
Kampala
Uganda
Environmental Conservation & Enhancement

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  • Kampala, Uganda
Languages:
English
Organization Description
Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) was founded on 11th January 2007 by a group of technical people in environment, agriculture and veterinary, who came together to provide qualitative and quantitative technical services to rural poor vulnerable communities for improved livelihoods and health. In 2007, the organization started as Community Based organization operating in central and western Uganda. However, in 2010, the organization registered with the Ugandan ministry of internal affairs (Registration number 115111) and in 2014, it registered with the Ugandan NGO Board (Registration number 10414). Though the organization has its head office in Wakiso district of central Uganda, it operates in central and western Uganda in the districts of Wakiso, Hoima and Kibaale. It has fully fledged offices in Hoima and Kibaale districts of western Uganda.

Over the period, the organization has accumulated a membership of 64590. 37560 are women, 978 children, 12560 men, 12918 youths and 574 elderly.

The organizations source of income are: Membership fee and annual subscription fees; selling tree and coffee seedlings from its tree nurseries in Hoima & Wakiso. It also provides consultancy for technical services especially in veterinary and research and does local & international fund raising. In 2015, it successfully fundraised $25000 through the Global Giving platform. However, 48% of the organizations budget is grants from internal and external donors.

The organization also supports internships with students coming to the organization to learn practically. Since its inception, the organization has hosted 80 internal (from Uganda) and one external volunteer (from the Peace Corps). Over 120 students have done internship from the organization with 60 students from St. Lawrence University coming to the organization for practical field work.

The organization has a well-established training center with in Hoima district with demonstration gardens where trainings especially to the youth are always conducted. It has fully fledged offices, uses modems for internet and 18 motorcycles that are used by the field officers to do field work. The organization has ten sport bicycles that are hired by volunteers to go to the field. The organization has one vehicle used by the Executive Director and programs Manager.

Vision statement: A healthy and empowered population living in a sustainable environment

Mission statement: To improve community livelihoods through rights empowerment, sustainable agricultural production, environmental conservation, health education and promotion, economic empowerment and nutrition; skills development and educational support

Goal: In a bid to align towards the NDP goal of attaining middle income status by 2020 through strengthening the country’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth, Eco-Agric Uganda’s goal will be “to contribute to improved livelihoods of communities and health outcomes”

Specific objectives
 To sustainably improve livelihoods of rural poor communities through sustainable commercial farming.
 To contribute to reduction of HIV/AIDS prevalence while promoting healthy living
 To raise awareness, understanding and knowledge on HIV/AID and other STD’s to rural poor vulnerable communities.
 To provide a basic education, vocational education and trainings for the disadvantaged adolescents and youth in order to make them literate and empowered.
 To eliminate gender inequalities in primary and secondary education by promoting equality in education, with ensuring girl’s full and equal access to basic education of good quality.
 To promote sustainable environmentally friendly farming methods among the farming communities.
 To make a campaigns of tree plantation and collection of plastics
 To empower rural poor communities to have a voice.

Organizational values
 Fosters professionalism in delivery of its services through a dedicated and competent workforce in order to ensure sustainable results among its target population.
 Is guided by the concept of empathy in order to associate itself with the communities that benefit from our work.
 Cherishes team work where the individual strengths and competences shall constitute the whole for improved service delivery.
 Is guided by the values of accountability to all our internal and external stakeholders and will ensure transparency in all that we do.
 Provides its service in an inclusive manner and take into account the social, cultural, political, religious and other demographic diversities of the population it serves.
 Premise its services of equality for all and equity through delivering according to needs.

SECTORAL AREAS OF INTERVENTION AND PRIORITY PROGRAMS:

ECO-AGRIC UGANDA is mandated to various development interventions and strived to work the bellow areas:
 Agriculture development/livelihood improvement. Since 87% of the population depends on agriculture with 99% of the target population who are women and the vulnerable poor communities, this department focuses on promoting sustainable agriculture production, market development, value addition with emphasis on collective production and marketing.
 Formal education: Here Eco-Agric Uganda supports orphans, vulnerable and especially girl child education through providing scholastic materials, enroll and re-enrollment of girls in school
 Non-formal education: Eco-Agric Uganda supports both women and men that did not get a chance to get formal education to access education. It supports teaching counting, reading and writing to people who did not go to school.
 Health department: This activity involves in the improvement of sanitation and HIV/AIDS awareness through resources mobilization, advocacy for positive social change and rural development. There is promotion of Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) activities.
 Environment department: This involves tree planting, training communities on environmental and biodiversity conservation promoting sustainable farming plus research in environmental conservation and degradation activities.
 Climate Change sector involves supporting communities to become resilient and adopt to climate change effects. It involves promoting activities aimed at controlling activities that lead to climate change.
 The volunteer and internship sector: This supports people who come to provide voluntary services to the organization under the different sectors. The organization also supports interns who come to the organization to learn. Since its inception, the organization has hosted 80 internal (from Uganda) and one external volunteer (from the peace corps). Over 120 students have done internship from the organization with 60 students from St. Lawrence University coming to the organization for practical field work.

Structure:
Eco-Agric Uganda is a membership organization governed by the General Assembly which is the supreme organ of the organization. The General Assembly meets once a year to evaluate the activities of the organization.
Under the General Assembly, there is a Board of Directors which is the Policy organ of the organization.
The secretariat is headed by the Executive, the programme managers, and project officers, and technical field officers. Currently, Eco-Agric Uganda has 47 permanent staff, with six volunteers/associates. One of the volunteers is a Peace Corps volunteer who has stayed with the organization for eighteen months now.

Volunteer Assignments available in Eco-Agric Uganda
Eco-Agric Uganda would like to get volunteers to support in the following:-
1. Setting up standard agriculture demonstration sites at the office. The organization has demonstration sites at the office that are used during trainings. These are used to train about and promote small scale irrigation farming, organic farming, agro-forestry and permaculture. This can be done over a period of 3-6 months
2. Taking part in promoting the most clean home stead campaign. Here a village or parish is selected where volunteers and staff go to home steads and work with family members to demonstrate sustainable farming, cleaning the home, making racks, setting up kitchen garden, tippy-taps and improving home hygiene. This is done to child headed households and critically vulnerable households. In most cases, this is a campaign and a competition to the community members. There are always rewards for the ten cleanest households, taking into consideration, food security plus nutrition. A volunteer can take part in this campaign for one week, one month two months up to six months. The activity lasts six months. Volunteers always move on motorcycles from the office to the field and spend there the whole day.
3. Forming women and youth groups and economically empower them. Here a volunteer will mobilize people to form groups and then train them in sustainable farming to improve food security nutrition and income. Then the volunteer helps the groups to start saving and credit schemes and also trains them in financial education plus entrepreneurship. This assignment lasts 6 months to one year. The meetings are always held in the afternoon. So the volunteer will regularly go to the field from nine in the morning to meet the groups. However, in some cases, they will need to go earlier to visit the households and see the fields
4. The organization has a tree/coffee nursery bed where a volunteer can come and participate in the different activities
5. The organization promotes value chain of mushroom, beans, maize and vegetables but does not have expertise in value addition and packaging. A volunteer to support this is very important and highly needed.
6. The organization has different projects in schools that promote girl child education and retention this is done through forming and empowering peer groups. The groups formed are trained in agriculture and finance and skills development. A volunteer to take part in this activity is also welcome. Here volunteers who can work from one week to three months are needed.
7. The organization promotes vocational training and skills development. It needs a volunteer to support the teachers and students during vocational and skills training.
8. Given that 48% of the organisations funds are grants and donations, the organisation needs an expert in fund raising to help the organisation organise fund raisings including crowd fund raisings
Causes
Education, Women, Building / Construction
Skills Needed
A fundraising volunteer, Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, Ability to adjust to basic living conditions, Ability to work with people different from you, An Agronomist and social worker, Able to make abstract ideas beeasily adjust to new areas, Some body to be ridden on a motorcycle, Some body who can ride a bicycle
Accommodation
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 week
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$49 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Homestay
Manager
Nakakande Josephine
Location
Environmental Conservation & Enhancement Average Ratings
2/15/17
5
I have had the pleasure of working with Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) as a Peace Corps Volunteer since June 2015 and for over a year and a half they have supported me in my endeavors. I have worked with their lively staff based out of their Hoima field office to help conduct projects in several different sectors. For example, I have trained rural farmers on sustainable permagardening methods, developed programs for rural communities to adapt to climate change, worked with vulnerable youth to develop life skills, and helped organize savings groups among other things. Eco-Agric Uganda is a dedicated and growing organization always looking for new opportunities to host volunteers. I would strongly recommend working with this organization if...