ease the pain among children affected by AIDS

An aid project by “Ndibwami Integrated Rescue Project” (H. Nalugo Sabastian) in Masaka, Uganda

News: On this page the carrier keeps you informed about the current situation of the project. This helps you judge how the donations are being used.

H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written about 14 hours ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Online volunteers

Volunteers can now put their skills online. Help with events and editing and translating our blog and field stories. Help increase public awareness by talking with your networks, schools and other groups. Volunteers also needed to encourage their communities, churches, and civic groups to support  orphans and other vulnerable children.

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H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written 6 days ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Why volunteer with NIRP in Uganda?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding. They touch lives of those at the base of the pyramid in society.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • Give something back to an amazing organization that has impacted on a child's life, either directly.
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Help the environment
  • Help others less fortunate or the voiceless
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving one's employment prospects
  • Gaining an accreditation
  • Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise and cultural connections
  • Getting to know the local community

There is lots of anecdotal evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on health.

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H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written 29 days ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Economic And Social Impacts Of Self-Help Groups In Uganda

Gender equality and women empowerment is the third of the millennium development goals (MDGs). Along with government and non government parties, a participatory community approach of the rural women known as self help groups (SHGs, also known as mother’s group or women’s group) are working towards achieving the goal. In rural parts of Uganda, such groups are carrying out various activities that benefit women and community.

During SHG meetings, women discuss a lot including social control activities like controlling alcoholism, betting and gambling, advocating for poor and voiceless women, campaigning against discrimination and superstitious beliefs, providing skill based trainings to members of SHGs etc. 

SHGs members have higher empowerment indicators and higher income and assets. During a study, it was  found that women empowerment is positively impacted by self help groups. The various activities like rural micro credit reduced the economic dependency of women upon other members of the family and the trainings and knowledge enabled the women to begin economic activities. Thus, women could use the fusion of loan and trainings to improve their livelihood by diversifying their income sources and reducing dependency.

The meetings and awareness programs increased the knowledge and experience which led to an increase in the ability of making quality decisions and ensure participation. Participating in the social control activities, women were able to gradually lower the traditional and cultural barriers for participating in the development process.

The higher empowerment indicators of the SHG participants as seen in the study suggest that participation speeds up the empowerment process. It will be too early and immature to conclude that SHG participation contributes to increase high value assets.

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Fig: Women listen to volunteers input during SHG meeting session

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