|Background||Masanafu Child And Family support (MCAFS) is an Organization established and registered as a Community Based Organization in 2003. With the urge to find remedy to ever increasing problem of poverty and human degradation, with a special focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS scourge. MCAFS is located at Masanafu along Ssentema road, six Kilometers from Kampala City in Kampala. MCAFS established and supports OVC through vocational skills training at St. Padre Pio Vocational Training Institute. It supports retention in school of children extremely in need through an educational support program, by paying school fees and providing scholastic materials to these children in various schools both secondary and primary. To the surrounding community MCAFS carries out socioeconomic strengthening of OVC caregivers, sensitization on child protection, health care and psychosocial support to OVC and increasing the rural community’s awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention. |
MCAFS has singled out skills training and support as the appropriate strategy in improving the lives of the less advantaged ones, more especially the HIV/AIDS affected orphans and vulnerable children.
Currently MCAFS supports more than 200 OVC in formal education, 120 OVC households in socioeconomic strengthening and sustainable agriculture, 86 formally out of school youth in vocational skills training and post vocational support for over 90 OVC who graduated over the previous years, and entrepreneurship and income generation support to over 120 teenage mothers.
|Aim||Improving the lives of the most disadvantaged ones through skills training and support.|
|Activities||Vocational skills training in: 1. Carpentry and joinery|
2. Welding and metal fabrication
3. Brick laying and concrete practice
4. Tailoring and garment cutting
5. Motor vehicle mechanics
6. Salon and hair dressing
7. Electrical Installation
Social economic support: 9. Green house vegetable growing
10. Silos (Post harvest proper grain food storage and milling)
11. Backyard gardening
12. Entrepreneurship training and support to heads of households
13. Training in and Income generating activity support to teenage mothers
14. Formation and support to village saving groups (VCLS)
Psychosocial support: 15. Support to needy households to access medical treatment
16. HIV/AIDS sensitization / Testing and referral and support to treatment.
|Volunteer tasks||v Working with the social workers in their day today activities.|
v Assist in record keeping
v Computer training
v Technical support in the specific areas listed above. Eg. Welding mechanics, tailoring. Carpentry. Horticulture Etc.
|Working Hours||8:45 am to 16:45 pm, Monday to Friday!|
|Transport|| From UPA Guesthouse/Nansana to Masanafu, it is 7 kms and it costs 10,000 Ugandan shillings (to and from)by a hired motorcycle (Boda Boda) or 5,000 Ugandan shillings (to and from) by public means|
|Accommodation||Volunteers can stay at UPA Guest house although MCAFS can always arrange with different families to HOST its volunteers |
|Comments from UPA||This is a new but very interesting project for volunteers interested in working with vulnerable youth and orphans.|
|Communication||The basis of communication at MCAFS is English though majority of the clients and communities we operate in speak little English and local languages.|
|Past Volunteers||From Italy and Holland|