Dorna Center Home for Autism




Dorna Centre was started by Ms Dorothy Nambi after her sister, a mother of three children with the diagnosis of autism, passed away in a car accident. Ms Dorothy Nambi decided to take these children in and support them and she begun to provide therapy at her home to families with or without financial means.


The Dorna Centre aims at helping children with autism to realize their dreams and to strengthen the parents in raising their children.


·         Art therapy
·         Brain gym
·         Music therapy
·         Occupational therapy
·         Speech therapy
·         Daily life therapy
·         Vocational skills/Education

Volunteer tasks

·                     The volunteer is expected to teach the children in early learning
·                     Support the child with activities of daily living like teaching the child to bath,                     brush, Cook, wash etc
·                     Promote their hidden talents like sports and singing
·                     Play with the children
·                     Support the children with feeding
·                     Support the center in research on the current attitude and trends of disability and how cultural practices promote discrimination and abuse of disability



·         Love to work with children with development challenges
·         Patience
·         Flexibility
·         Emotionally strong
·         Open minded
We also welcome skilled volunteers like Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Language therapist or Nurses.

Working hours

They work 8 hours a day from 8:30am- 5:00pm


The Centre is about 12 km from UPAguest house, travelling by public means is possible though patience maybe required depending on the traffic especially during morning and even hours. This might necessitate using a hired motorcycle ( Bodaboda) costing approximately 6000 UGX for one-way. The volunteer may use around 8000 Uganda shillings to and from with public means


UPA guesthouse but we can also arrange accommodation with the project if the volunteer is free to stay with the children.
Comments from UPA

This is an interesting project of UPA. If you like to work with children with special needs especially autistic children, this is exactly the right project, where you can support and play with the children.

The staff is able to speak English, communicating with the children can also be challenging since some of them are also challenged in their ability to talk.

Past Volunteers

Japan, Finland,

About UPA

Uganda Pioneers' Association (UPA) is a voluntary non-governmental organisation registered with the National NGO Board (ref. S5914/114). UPA aims atpromoting community based development,intercultural co-operation and youth participation through voluntary work. 

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Contact Info

Uganda Pioneers Association,

8 miles Hoima Road, Ocheing Zone

Nansana, Wakiso District - Uganda


  •   P.O.Box 25973 Kampala,Uganda
  • +256 785 601 220 / +256 782 335 322