Bunjakko Community and Youths Uplifted

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Basic Information

Address: Bunjakko
Phone Number: 256752487778
Director: John Kitagaana

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Water and Sanitation, AIDS/HIV Support, Safe and clean alternative energy sources, education, food security
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: 4700
Ages for Volunteer: 18 and above
Hours of Service: 10 hours
Minimum Hours of Service Required: 7 hours
Days of Service: 6 days
Languages: english
Languages used as a Medium: English
Experience Required:


Programs Open To: All
Application Process:

No applications are required

Visa Requirements:

You only pay for visa fees at the your point of entry into the country. Boarder post or airport

Program Highlights:

- Building permanent school structures for the only school in Bunjakko.

- Issue free mosquito nets to the local population

- Construct 3 (three) model public toilets in Bunjakko

- Construct bower holes and spring wells around Bunjakko

- Establish a modern secondary school

Mission Statement:

BUYOU has a mission of reducing illiteracy by providing free education, building confidence, esteem and morals of vulnerable children and the underprivileged members of the society through networking with other organizations, the community and all other stakeholders. The objectives through which we aspires to achieve this mission are through:

- the continual interaction with the community members, - understanding the needs of the community, - identifying required sources of knowledge, - providing information through BUYOU's schools, networks and partners, - facilitating access to necessary assistance, - providing resources of bringing knowledge and information to the community members.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We always want to make sure that volunteers enjoy their stay in Uganda and have an opportunity to gain new skills and learn about new cultures. Uganda is a very peaceful and stable country of extremely friendly and welcoming people and Kampala is known to be the safest capital city in East Africa, with very low crime rates. As a volunteer, however, your safety will always be our greatest concern and we will take every measure to ensure it from when we come and pick you up at the airport till you leave.
All volunteers will stay at our projects' residential houses and all BUYOU staff will share responsibility for their safety and welfare of each individual guest (volunteer). Accommodation and meals at home will be included in the costs of volunteering. This arrangement also ensures that volunteers will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about Ugandan culture by living with a Ugandan family. The food prepared at home will be African, not western, ensuring full immersion in local culture.
Once the volunteer period is complete participants will receive an official certificate from BUYOU in recognition of the contribution made to the organization.

Program History:

Bunjakko Community and Youths Uplifted is a Community Based Orgarnisation (CBO) established in Uganda in 2009. BUYOU assists vulnerable children (orphans) whose parents died of HIV/AIDS; children whose parents died in the previous decades of political turmoil in Uganda, children who are dumped by their own parents and later become victims of circumstances and others whose parents are below the poverty line.

BUYOU envisages in serving the underprivileged, vulnerable, illiterate, prisoners, widowers, poor and the HIV/AIDS infected and affected communities of Uganda regardless of their tribal, religious, social, racial and economic backgrounds. The main projects of the organization are in Bunjakko Island, Buwama Sub-county in Mpigi district which is 80 km from Kampala (the capital of Uganda.) The headquarters of BUYOU are located in Kajjansi Village, Wakiso District, 30 kilometers from the Entebbe International Airport.

As a token of appreciation the founder Nakaffero Rosemary (76), 2 acres of Land were freely donated to the project where the school project is located but in temporary shelters. BUYOU has a membership of 150 children in the primary section, 120 adults in the adult literacy section and 30 youths and adults.

Bunjakko Community and Youth Uplifted was founded with the sole purpose of uplifting the livelihood of the local population whose needs range from public health care to quality education among others.

Additional Information:

About us

Bunjakko Community and Youth Uplifted was founded with the sole purpose of uplifting the livelihood of the local population whose needs range from public health care to quality education among others.

About Bunjakko
Bunjakko is a special place in Uganda located 20km from Buwama along Kampala - Masaka highway. Bunjakko is an island and a peninsular, this is brought about by the seasons, during rainy seasons Bunjakko is engulfed by the waters from Lake Victoria and this means access to the island is only by dugout canoes and in the dry season, the water recede turning Bunjakko into a peninsular. Bunjakko is ideal for tourism attraction especially for birders because of its unique tropical rain forests makes a home of many bird species e.g.; the fish eagles, king fishers, the rare shoe-bill which is occasionally sighted in the Bunjakko swamps. Bunjakko has a population of about 7000 subsistence farmers and fisher men.

Bunjakko has one primary school founded by Mrs. Nakafeero Rosemary (76) in 2009. The school is in a very sorry state because lessons are conducted in the open space and some are conducted under trees and only infants are getting lessons from a temporary shelter with bare no basic school supplies like chalks, papers and other scholastic materials. The school has only four (4) teaching staff taking care of 400 pupils. The teachers are not paid, these are not professional teachers but just secondary school dropouts who just volunteer to pass on the little knowledge they attained to the young generation and the local population supplies these volunteer teachers with food to sustain them. Since the local population depends on these children as a labour force, a big number of the school misses school days during the rain and coffee harvest season as they are busy helping their parents in the coffee plantations. Before a school was founded in Bunjakko, it was very hard for children with school going age (4-12) to walk to the only neighboring school which is 20kilometers away, besides the long distances , the large thickets and bushes of Bunjakko are habitats for small but dangerous wild animals like pythons, crocodiles, cheeter among others.

Bunjakko is so neglected in terms of Health care whereby it's only very inadequately equipped single dispensary supplies a population of over 7000 people and most of these are young adults and in most cases the cases reported are as a result of avoidable diseases like;

• Malaria

• Bilharzia

• Diarrhea

• Jiggers

BUYOU - Is working hard to see that these problems are addressed through sensitizing the local population to value the boiling water for drinking, though access to clean water is still a big problem in the area because the community uses water from the lake which is highly contaminated resulting to high rates of bilharzia cases.

Malaria cases are also high as Bunjakko has a very conducive weather for the breeding of the malaria causing mosquitoes, basing on that fact that Bunjakko is populated by very mostly poor peasant subsistence farmers and fishing communities to afford mosquito nets and proper sleeping materials, people are left with no choice but to become victims of these deadly mosquitoes.

Diarrhea is also caused by the fact that the local population is very lacking as fur as public health and hygiene is concerned. Very few households have proper toilets and they mostly use bushes and scrubs that are around their homes instead of toilets.