|Mengo Youth Development Link (MYDEL) is a nongovernment organization based in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It was founded in 2001 as a slum youth initiative under the patronage of Mr. Pascal Lutaya. Starting as a community based organization (CBO) during the outbreak of cholera and Ebola in many of the slum areas in Kampala, MYDEL initially focused on hygiene and health sensitization of the affected people, supported by local politicians and the community itself. Working in close collaboration with the local population and local leaders, MYDEL became aware of other community challenges, which included a high rate of HIV/AIDS infections, drug abuse, prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence and the marginalization of people with disabilities. In 2004 MYDEL was officially registered as an NGO and expanded its activities according to the needs assessment carried out in an early state of its operation. Following an early intervention approach, MYDEL decided to focus their programs on the most vulnerable children and youths from the slum community, most of whom being school dropouts and orphans. |
MYDEL’s mission is the empowerment of this target group through education, sensitization and skills development to contribute to a sustainable poverty reduction among these marginalized communities.
Our major aim is to achieve a sustainable improvement of marginalized communities in Uganda.
· Education in Primary School
· Counseling and psychosocial support,
· Resource mobilization,
· Vocational training,
· Soccer program,
· Music, dance and (drama, mainly in holidays)
· Community and home visits among others at our projects in Kampala and Wakiso.
· New Project in Mengo: "creative learning centre"
· mainly for girls
· vocational skills for girls (health, entrepreneurship loans)
|Volunteer tasks||· Teaching|
· Organizing, teaching and supervising in the computer class
· Assisting in Counseling and psychosocial support
· Vocational training (if the volunteers brings the skills)
· Soccer program
· Music, dance and drama
· participating in community and home visits together with other staff, to see the life situation of the children living in the slums
|Volunteer qualities||MYDEL has different programs, it depends on the volunteers skills and interest where to engage, there is room for new activities. |
Volunteers with social work skills but also other professions are very welcomed, but no profession is needed.
|Working hours||Volunteers are supposed to be the office at around 9:30am and work will finish at around 3:30 pm (except during holidays). |
However, in some cases volunteers may work longer hours.
|Transport||It takes 1000 ug.shs (to and from) from UPA to MYDEL Children’s Centre in Nansana and 4,000 Ug.shs to and from our projects in Mengo – Kampala by public means. For Kampala Branch, a volunteer can take a boda-boda for between 4000-5000 UGX shillings.|
|Accommodation||UPA Guesthouse in Nansana or a host family in Nansana |
|Comments from UPA||The placement at MYDEL can be interesting since it offers a volunteer an opportunity to be fully engaged in different activities ranging from children to community projects. It requires a volunteer who loves children and flexible.|
|Communication||Most of the children can communicate in English; otherwise, translation is also possible at the project.|
|Past volunteers||Finland, Netherlands, Germany |