Africa calling: An extraordinary journey

IMPACT-supported charity Nurture Africa took five volunteers to Uganda in April 2013. The short video (above) tells the story of their visit and what it meant to them.  Nurture Africa is now seeking IMPACT volunteers for two weeks’ work in Uganda next October.

SINCE 2012, IMPACT’s developing world fund has been supporting Nurture Africa, an Irish charity providing health care and education for orphans and children affected by HIV-AIDS in Uganda. The organisation also provides employment and health education programmes in the communities where these children live.

In April this year, five IMPACT members were selected to spend two weeks working on the Development Fund Projects in Uganda. Sue Kraftsoff, Roise Brannick, Phil Lucey McAree, Marion Cody, and Grainne O’Rourke talk about their experience of Nurture Africa’s work and their contact with communities in Uganda.

IMPACT has committed to supporting up to ten members each year over the life cycle of the project, to experience first-hand the impact of this grant amongst the communities in Uganda. It also provides an opportunity for members to share their own skills and knowledge with the staff and communities there. The next group of volunteers will travel to Uganda in October.

This is an opportunity for you to share your skills with the local community and help bring about sustainable change in a developing country. On top of that you will experience a different culture and experience first-hand how the IMPACT Developing Fund is working.

With the support of the IMPACT Development World Fund in 2012:

  • 4,409 children and adults were tested for HIV. Just over 200 people tested positive, 51 of whom were children
  • 187 children living with HIV were provided with life-saving anti-retroviral drug treatment
  • 8,284 children were treated for the most common fatal diseases in the health centres, such as malaria, diahorrea, typhoid, pneumonia, and measles
  • Training and education on children’s’ rights and gender equality was delivered to 7,934 people
  • Microfinance loans, to help achieve a sustainable livelihood, were provided to 270 guardians
  • Nurture Africa has also been able to assist in 180 cases dealing with child abuse and gender violence.

Now the union is to sponsor five two-week placements for IMPACT members in October 2013. That means we will meet the sponsorship cost of €1,500 – cash which will go directly to providing services to vulnerable children and their communities. All you have to do is give your skills for two weeks and meet the cost of flights and vaccinations.

Nurture Africa has ‘general skills’ placements, for which no formal qualifications are required. They also offer specialist placements for physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and those with a background in community and social care, health, children’s services, or HIV.

What it means for you

Nurture Africa needs enthusiastic, self-motivated and adaptable people to undertake a two-week placement in Uganda from October 25th2013

  • You’ll work in community, health and education outreach programmes, or construction projects.
  • It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop your professional skills while learning about a different culture and gaining new perspectives.
  • You’ll receive comprehensive pre-trip information, induction and training.
  • Weekends are free, with access to unforgettable experiences like safaris, gorilla-trekking and white-water rafting on the Nile.

What you have to do

  • Get more information (see links below) and an application form.
  • Pay for your flights and vaccinations.
  • Agree to participate in a little post-visit communications work with IMPACT, to  help promote Nurture Africa’s work and the union’s global solidarity work.
  • You must be an IMPACT member for at least six months prior to application to be eligible for sponsorship.

Get more info

Contact: kevin@nurtureafrica.ie

Visit: Nurture Africa volunteer page

The small print

To be eligible for sponsorship you must be an IMPACT member for at least six months prior to application. You must be accepted by Nurture Africa as volunteer. You must pay your own travel and vaccination costs. You must agree to contribute a small amount of post-visit time to help promote IMPACT’s support for developing world projects. Sponsorship is available subject to passing the Nurture Africa interview. Sponsorship money will be paid direct to Nurture Africa. All Nurture Africa conditions of placement and selection apply.