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Abaana Community Outreach Africa
  • Kampala, Uganda
Organization Description
Abaana Community Outreach Africa (ACO-Africa) is a non-discriminatory, non-profit organization committed to providing support for the most vulnerable groups in society. We place an emphasis on education, health, psychosocial issues, economic empowerment, and nutrition, human and environmental rights.

ACO Africa endeavors to ensure that children and other vulnerable people are made aware of their rights and are able to reach their full potential.

Abaana Community Outreach (ACO) Africa aims to serve the most vulnerable groups in society. We believe in giving selflessly of time, care and resources. We hope you will be inspired by our work; and join us to make a difference.

ACO Africa was founded in 2009 as a community based organisation (CBO) in Masaka-Lwengo District and later renovated into an international and non-profit organisation, committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing loving support and care to vulnerable individuals; laying an emphasis on education, health, psychosocial care, economic empowerment, nutrition, human and environmental rights to the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Vision: ACO Africa’s vision is to care for children and other vulnerable groups.

Mission: ACO Africa’s mission is to create sustainable socioeconomic changes capable of generating lasting impacts on communities affected by deprivation.

ACO Africa supports and empowers communities, focusing on HIV-positive children, orphans and other vulnerable groups. Our aim is that all children should receive primary education, health and other kinds of basic care. We also advocate for women rights. Our purpose is to provide women with the opportunity to become productive members of their own community, assume leadership roles, and have a positive impact on society

What we do: Abaana Community Outreach Africa (ACO-Africa) lays an emphasis on education, health, psychosocial care, economic empowerment, nutrition, human and environmental rights to the poorest and most vulnerable people— especially children and women.
1. Supporting of school related expenses for orphans and other vulnerable children to have education (scholastics materials, fees, etc)
2. Conduct home and school based visits to meet the practical as well as psychological needs and social support for orphans, elderly caretakers, HIV-positive children and women.
3. Capacity building and empowerment to poor especially HIV positive women, orphans and vulnerable care givers with income generating activities-IGAs and trainings (IGAs like; chicken, goats, start up fund to earn household income)
4. Supporting vulnerable households with modern seeds for growing various foods like cereals and vegetables to improve on their livelihoods and food security.
5. Raising awareness on community development issues like Rights of children, HIV, positive people, women and disabled, nutrition education, sanitation and hygiene, environmental issues, HIV/AIDS, sex reproductive education for young people
6. Supporting prisoners with counseling sessions in spiritual, psychological and legal education which includes; raising awareness about the laws of the country, advocating for rights of prisoners human rights specifically right to bail and its legal procedures, as well as supporting inmates with session on life in and after prison (release).

Work available for our volunteers:
1. Community Development Volunteers: Community Development volunteers will work with orphans, elderly caretakers, HIV-positive children, women and other vulnerable groups. Our volunteers will conduct home and school based visits to meet the practical psychological as well as the other psychosocial needs of our target groups.

2. Prison Outreach volunteers: Our volunteers taking part in the Prison Outreach project will be working with prisoners including juveniles and inmates. Volunteers will provide prisoners with counseling sessions on topics ranging from human rights, legal education, basic life skills and life in and after prison.

Volunteers' tasks
•Social support to HIV positive children, orphans and other vulnerable children.
•Join in school and home-based visits to orphans, to assist in nutrition and hygiene education, adherence care and counseling.
•Prepare workshops or presentation focusing on sanitation and hygiene, HIV & AIDS, human and child rights, drug and substance abuse education and awareness to both the communities and vulnerable families
•Capacity building to the poor especially women, youth, orphans care givers through conducting training on how to identify income generating activities
•Office work related to organization development and programming.
•Participate in organizing recreational activities, retreats for children etc, during special session with children.
•Training of basic life skills, reproductive health, early pregnancy and relationship issues among youth in schools.
•Organizing and training on human rights, legal education and counseling, basic life skills, life in and after prison, behavior change & HIV / AIDS, anger management.
•Writing articles, photos and filming.

Volunteer qualities
•Ready to work with orphans, HIV positive children and women, youth and prisoners (inmates)
•Should be innovative with arranging lessons or sessions and games for the children.
•Be ready for a very fragile community (changing characters)
•Willing to work long hours and on weekends incase a need arises.
•Willing to play and interact with children including those living with HIV/AIDS, disabled
•Emotionally strong

Working Hours: Project works are normally Monday-Friday; hours vary from 5-6 hours per day. The total hours that you are expected to be "on the job", in various activities, is 20-30 hours per week. However, there are some cases where it is extended up to the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with living facilities, accommodating 3-4 people per room.
Meals: All meals are always covered from breakfast (including milk tea, dry tea, bread, eggs) plus evening tea, to lunch and super everyday. Most of our meals are vegetarian, including banana, cassava, potatoes (sweet and Irish), rice, and corn, and beans, peanut soup, peas, included with vegetables. On occasion, we also provide fish, beef, and goat meat.
Bottled-water: All volunteers will due to sanitary reasons be provided with bottled water
Washing: Laundry is always done for our volunteers during weekends and it is done always once in a week.

Highlights for volunteers when working on our project?
Our project are ideal for volunteers like they get hands on experience in caring for vulnerable children and women living with HIV, prisoners and elderly people’s work or to have kind heart, open mind, sharing attitude and interaction with these vulnerable groups in our deprived communities. Volunteers also get direct contribution to our support and care cause to give these vulnerable groups a “second chance” to rebuild their hope. The environment is so supportive and volunteers will work with a team of like-minded and professional people like community development officers, lawyers, social workers, psychologists/counselors and health workers.

Other information
Social events: Volunteers shall not have to pay for participation in any social event organized by ACO Africa.
Safari Discount: Volunteers who wants to go on safari during their stay in Uganda will receive a decent discount by their ACO Africa affiliation safari tours and travel company, since all profits obtained comes back to the organisation to support the causes of the vulnerable children and women.
Childcare / Children, Law / Human Rights, Women
Skills Needed
English speaking , sharing attitude , kind heart, open mind and love , Able to make abstract ideas beeasily adjust to new areas, Adapt well to any environment, Administration, Advanced computer skills, Assisting teachers, Emotionally strong
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$116 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • 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
John Bosco Ssenyondo


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