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You want to get to know Uganda and its people while giving something back? A great way to do so is to volunteer in ZORUDA in the very diverse field of community development. Community volunteer opportunities in ZORUDENA range from working in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Culture and arts
  • Child care
  • Health services
  • Environmental conservation
  • Construction
  • Social works.

We values your expertise and your personal interests and skills will be applicable for sure!

As a volunteer, you may hold classes to teach children in drama, music and arts. You'll work closely with the locals, reaching out to the community, organizing events and learn a lot about the Ugandan culture.

If you're looking for more physical work, volunteering for a construction project might be an option for you. You can also work on a variety of environmental projects to provide access to clean water, sanitation and an improved infrastructure, whilst protecting the environment we live in!

Another area, in which volunteers in Uganda are needed, is the support of under-resourced social workers. As a social work volunteer, you will be volunteering and working with vulnerable children, women and elderly to meet their practical, physical and emotional needs. Some of the volunteer projects in Uganda give you the opportunity to make a great difference for local communities. In addition to the above mentioned, you can work to develop communal areas or help with:

  • child care and buddy projects
  • assisting as a human rights advocate
  • maintaining and renovating houses
  • local orphanages

To support our programs you can contact us here:

icon pdfView our 2021 project proposal

Culture can be identified as one's world view which includes “experiences, expressions, symbols, materials, customs, behaviors, morals, values, attitudes, and beliefs created and communicated among individuals,” and past down from generation as cultural traditions

The Alur are the biggest Nilotic people in the West Nile region mostly concentrated in the districts of Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach but also having a sizeable presence in Arua. Alur kingdom at Atyak Wi Nam and the Alur royals.

We integrate our awareness on the best cultural practices with the Alur Kingdom. These practices include:

  • Religious and spiritual practices.
  • Medical treatment practices.
  • Forms of artistic expression.
  • Dietary preferences and culinary practices.
  • Cultural institutions
  • Natural resource management.
  • Housing and construction.
  • Childcare practices.

King Philip Olarker

 King Philip Olarker in the centre

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Statistic overview:

Food security is at the centre stage in the world’s economic development debate. This concern is due to the fact that the world’s population is increasing very fast and is expected to reach 9.8 billion by the year 2050 (DESA, 2017). This will increase pressures on the environment, global food supplies and energy resources. In her article, “Food Insecurity and Food Stamp Program”, Jensen (2002) reports that, in the face of abundant supplies of food worldwide, nearly 800 million people suffered from malnutrition and undernourishment. Most of these undernourished live in low income countries. According to 2014 national population and housing census (UNHS) results, annual population growth rate between 2002 and 2014 censuses was 3.03% (UBOS, 2018). This rapid population growth will lead to acute land constraints and accelerated land degradation if not controlled. Land degradation due to deforestation, and the rapid conversion of natural vegetation into arable lands, exposing big areas to sheet erosion and reducing their productivity happens to be a threat. This problem is partly attributed to the poorly defined land ownership rights (National Environment Management Authority - NEMA, 2016). Declining soil fertility means farmers are experiencing less yields with lower value and less nutrient intensive crops. In addition, land use affects the land available for food production. For example, mining, urbanization and industrialization affect land available for food production leading to food insecurity. Use of land for cash crops also reduces land available for food production. Rural – Urban migration reduces labour available for cultivation hence decreasing food production.

Read More About Uganda at glance on food security

 

Household food security by CARI console in West Nile districts:

Based on the consolidated index for assessing food security, 4 out of 10 households were food secure and also marginally food secure. Up to 15 per cent of households were moderately food insecure while only 1.5 per cent were severely food insecure.

Summer of the Percentage of House Holds who were classified as food secure based on the CARI console, according to background characteristics, FSNA 2019:

Koboko District had the highest percentage of food secure households. Almost 6 out of 10 households were food secure in Koboko compared to only 2 out of 10 in Otuke. More than one third of households were moderately food insecure in Otuke followed by Omoro (24.5%), Pader (19.9%) and Adjumani (19.8%), while Zombo had 7 per cent. Otuke had the highest proportion of severely food insecure households (9.4%) while Koboko had 0.5 per cent severely food insecure households.

icon pdfDownload Food Security Report in Northern Uganda 

Environmental management programs supports the Uganda Environmental Policy and the overall goal is to reduce negative environmental impacts. This program was established to assure compliance with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) regulations.

NEMA spearheads the development of environmental policies, laws, regulations, standards and guidelines; and guides Government on sound environment management in Uganda. In doing this, NEMA contributes to social-economic development and wise use.

What do we do?

  • We plan trees. Cut one plan ten trees
  • We provide community awareness on the benefits of trees and conservation

Inter croping best practices

Environment improvement farmingIntercropping is a practice that involves growing two or more crops simultaneously on a same piece of land. The main advantage of inter cropping is getting higher returns from the same piece of land which otherwise not be utilized by a single crop.

Inter cropping needs a careful planning wherein the soil, water, climate, light etc are taken into account. While planning inter cropping it is important to select the crops which do not compete with each other for space, nutrient, water or sunlight. It is advisable to grow crops like shallow rooted crops with deep rooted crops, tall crop with a short plant, shade loving plant with light requiring plants, early maturing crop with late maturing crops etc.

 

ZORUDANA has a demonstration site where farmers can learn the advantages of intercropping which improves environment and increase food store with varieties of farm outputs. On the left is Mr. Omirambe who is pausing in the demonstration plot of beans, avocado, yams and banana.

 

Advantanges of intercropping

  • Diversity and stability of fields.
  • Reduction in chemical/fertilizer application.
  • A complementary sharing of plant resources, such as Nitrogen from Nitrogen fixing plants.
  • Weed suppression, and a reduction in susceptibility to insects and disease.
  • Varity yeild of crops.

We have a project on the improved environment management, climate change response and sustainable livelihood. Download it here icon pdf

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The goal of ZORUDENA in Education and Community Awareness Activities Program is to increase the community’s knowledge of the available programs and services offered. This is accomplished by informing the general public through various activities.

1. Participating in the Community Awareness Activities

  • Activities are targeted to include underserved communities and diverse populations in our county.
  • Community networking promotes community awareness of program services and availability by networking with professionals and leaders in the community.
  • Developing, building and maintaining Response Teams, which include representatives from victim advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution and healthcare.
  • Joining community-based collaborations (e.g., disaster preparedness committees, social service consortiums,)
  • Communicating regularly with staff at local social service agencies, hospital emergency room, law enforcement, state attorney, clerk of court and non-certified victim advocates
  • Visiting local businesses and dropping off sexual violence materials, event flyers and brochures
  • Joining local groups and sharing information
  • Collaboration with other agencies

 

2. Training For Professionals and Non-Professionals

“Training” refers to education about available programs/services that are provided to professional and non-professional audiences. We have trainers who are competent in the following content areas:

  • Dynamics of each of our programs and all services that we offer
  • Relevant community resources
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical, criminal justice/legal and social service victim response

Our training sites include:

  • Social service agencies and organizations
  • Educational institutions, including daycare centers
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Youth organizations
  • Legal – (e.g.. legal associations, clerk-of-court or prosecutors)
  • Clubs (e.g., League, Kiwanis, Rotary, Senior Center, LGBTQ, 4-H)
  • Local businesses (e.g., provide sexual violence training to employees)
  • Churches (e.g., provide training to congregations and/or religious leaders)

 

3. Participation in Community Events

Program staff are involved in events throughout the community. Participation in community events often includes a table with promotional and informational items containing (at minimum) program names and hotline number, program materials and program brochures. Examples of community events:

  • Festivals
  • Fairs
  • Community celebrations
  • Parades
  • Social service outreach (career day open house)
  • School events (sports events or campus clubs/activities
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities

 

4. Public Speaking

Getting the word out will increase community awareness of programs and available services. Things to consider for public speaking:

  • Keep an agency speakers bureau – the list should include advocacy core trained staff and volunteers with public speaking experience, their areas of specialization and general availability
  • Advertise your availability to speak on the topic of sexual violence
  • Call potential sponsors for speaking engagements
  • Seek opportunities to speak at community events
  • Set up interviews for local television and radio programs
  • Submit workshop proposals for conferences

5. Distribution of Materials

We routinely distribute program materials to schools, local businesses, churches, social service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, court and legal personnel, clubs and civic organizations. Things to consider:

  • Materials should include information about all available programs as well as defined programs best suited for visit. Include on materials hotline and office telephone numbers, hours and location of services and website address.
  • We first inform community of materials that are available for distribution and a mechanism established to request material
  • Drop off materials at local businesses (e.g., hotline tear off sheets, event flyers, program brochures)
  • Contact law enforcement on a regular basis to check on the status of the “Victim Rights and Services” brochure. Responding officers are required to give the brochure to victims
  • Develop materials that will be accessible to all members of your community

 

6. Resource Libraries (Future Plan)

Information technology is a means of sharing sexual violence materials and program services with the community. Site-based libraries, web-based resources and links and community-based libraries are all sources for resource sharing. Suggestions for resource libraries and sharing include:

  • Maintain a resource library that contains up-to-date books, manuals, DVDs and training materials
  • Advertise availability of agency-based resource library to the general public and/or local professionals
  • Host a reading group
  • Host a movie night
  • Develop your agency website to include program specific resources that can be downloaded or links to resources

 

 SOME OF OUR PARTNERS

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Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC)

 Republic of Uganda

zombo District Local Government (Education and Sports department)

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Adapcit Uganda - ICT solutions company

P.O BOX 75, Paidha, Zombo district (U), Paidha Town Council, Arua road

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  • Sat :
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • Sun and Public Holidays :
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