You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
You just have to let us know where you want to go and we will take you there and information is available for you. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
One of the advantages of the Community Development project is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.
Some tasks include farming, pig rearing, construction of the volunteer center, expansion, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.
VOLUNTEER WITH SHINE AFRICA MINISTRIES IN SOROTI
Working to Ease the Pain of Poverty and Disease d in Rural and Peri-Urban Communities
Plot 99 Camp Swahili Soroti-Moroto Road, Northern Division, Soroti Municipality
Tel: +256 772 844 459 /+256 772 854 991/+ 256-701-929754.
Shine Africa Ministries (SAM) is a voluntary an independent Faith Based; Not-for-Profit Non-Governmental Development Organisation that was established in May-2006 by a group of six women and two Men who felt compelled to respond to the needs of women, Disabled persons, OVC’s and all at risk vulnerable populations / groups experiencing Chronic Poverty, illiteracy, Gross Human Rights abuses, Associated Reproductive Health Problems and domestic violence in the hub of Teso Sub-Region. The Organisation is located in Soroti district in Eastern Region of Uganda working and its affiliate offices in Ngora and Serere Districts in the public interest.
The Organisation is legally registered as a Non-Governmental Organization under Ministry of Internal Affairs with the Reg. No 8186 and also registered as a company limited by guarantee without shares under Section 16 (1) of the companies Act, Reg. No. 107753. Besides these, Shine Africa Ministries is also registered with the District local Governments and the Municipal authorities of Serere and Soroti as an NGO Registration Certificates No SN/65/2009 and SN/045/2009.
Shine Africa Ministries is established to undertake social and economic interventions that reduce vulnerability to poverty, disease, hunger and other famines situations, and to contribute to creation of social systems that promote peace, human welfare and the sustainability of the environment on which life depends, including promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in its geographical areas of mandate.
Shine Africa Ministries fosters and promotes good health practices and strives to enhance economic sustainability among all vulnerable groups such as Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s), child-headed families, disabled persons, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHA’s/PLWHAS), rural women, widows, elderly/aged, disadvantaged female and male youth both in school and out of school, those whose rights at grossly abused and violated and all other most at risks populations (MARP’s),several clusters of indigenous communities as well as several distressed peasant farming communities and prospective and actual project communities at all stages of the project cycle.
Our ultimate goal is to focus on improving the quality of health services and practices, concentrating on addressing the root causes of poverty and Gender Based Violence in the households and communities ,promoting equality and equity ,socio-economic empowerment of rural communities and improvement of the standards of living among all the vulnerable and marginalized groups through provision of income generating activities and Livelihood projects, while notably to deepen the Gospel Propagation of Jesus Christ and engagement of the entire segments of the population and stakeholders to ensure the promotion and protection of the inherent fundamental human rights.
We create an environment for survival, growth, development & education of vulnerable children and households at grass roots level. We can join hands and support the most vulnerable ones.
Our portfolio of work is based on the values of Christian motivation and obligation towards building the ability of individuals and communities to draw on a range of assets to effect change, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas where livelihoods depend entirely on the sustainable use of natural resources.
2.1: Shine Africa Ministries Vision.
A society in which the local population is empowered to equitable access to the whole spectrum of quality social services.
2.2: Our Mission.
Is to work in a holistic manner towards improvement in the quality of life through interventions that reduce vulnerability to illiteracy, ignorance poverty, disease, hunger and gross abuse of human rights.
2.3: Our Core Values:
Paramount is the people we serve. To act with passion for the poor, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, while upholding credibility and professionalism.
a) Shine Africa Ministries (SAM), seeks to create an operating culture based on open and honest dialogue, team-working and collective decision-making.
b) We value the knowledge and experience of our colleagues and institutional allies around the world and seek always to ensure that their ideas are accommodated in our decision-making processes.
c) The organization, seek always to be flexible and adaptable, responding quickly to changing circumstances and learning from practice.
d) We will make every effort to capture what we learn from others, both what works and what doesn’t in order to enhance our own knowledge and understanding, and to share this with others.
2.4 Our Broad Objectives
SAM’s broad objectives are to:
- Achieve social and economic development and improved quality of life for poor and disadvantaged rural households and communities with emphasis on women and children, youth, the elderly, the disabled persons, orphans and other specialised groups of vulnerable children within SAM’S geographical scope of operation.
- Promote and provide access to quality non-formal and formal basic education for children and school dropouts within deprived rural communities and by that, contributing to bridging the urban-rural, gaps in basic education in Teso sub-region and also as long-term means to poverty reduction.
- Strengthen the capacity of small-scale farmers and households in value added agro-enterprise Technologies for increased income, improved nutrition, food security, availability and strength of seed chain.
- To increase access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation so as to ultimately reduce water related and faecal-based diseases
- To affirm the enduring values of peace, social justice and human dignity and integrity in settings where these values are not always taken for granted.
- To credibly present Jesus Christ to spiritual seekers through open space preaching, Daily summons at work place, Inter-Church Fellowship & Bible Study, Hospital & Prison Ministries, Radio & TV gospel Propagation, Intercession, Counseling & Guidance, Prayer &Fasting, Joint Ecumenical Crusades and Church Planting.
- To improve the health conditions of communities through elimination of health hazards in the environment that lead to untimely death among adults and children
2.5 Our Key Policy Steps towards Achieving the above Objectives.
In striving to achieve the above objectives, SAM has adopted a number of policy steps and strategies some of which include:
• Working in partnership with relevant governmental institutions and agencies, local (decentralised) political and administrative bodies (District Local Authorities) and departments to initiate and implement development programmes and projects at the village level.
- Working in close partnership with other NGOs, churches and church organisations to bring development to the rural poor, the needy and the disadvantaged in our target communities.
- Promoting the concept of self-help among target communities in order for these to contribute towards their own development and social well being.
- Seeking innovative ways to raise funds both locally and internationally including partnerships with foreign donors and foreign development organisations, Christian organisations and churches in support of SAM’S development programmes and projects.
- Using microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation and wealth creation and by that providing access to micro-credits for poor rural households towards the promotion of income-generating activities while at the same time inculcating savings culture among this same target group.
- Promotion of vocational and entrepreneurial training targeted at rural women, youth disabled persons and school dropouts towards the acquisition of self-employable skills for income-generation activities.
- Incorporating HIV/AIDS prevention and other related health issues in all of SAM’S development programmes and projects at the community level.
- Developing and maintaining SAM as a professional quality organisation.
2.6 SAM’S Main Programme Areas.
SAM operates along six broad programme areas. These are: –
a) Public Health
c) Agricultural Development
d) Human Rights and Social Justice
e) Evangelism & Inter-Church Consensus
f) Monitoring & Evaluation, Advocacy, Research and Information.
3.0 Details of Social Development Program Sector Areas:
3.1 Public Health:
Public Health being a science of protecting and improving the health of communities, Shine Africa Ministries focus on interventions that eliminate health hazards in the environment, especially through public health education, promotion of healthy life styles and research for disease prevention.
Shine Africa Ministries technical staff analyse the effect on health genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of families and communities in the geographical areas of mandate.
In the light of these, shine Africa ministries public health service delivery system encompasses the following core areas of public health: –
3.2 HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis:
Shine Africa Ministries guided by its’ Public Health and Human Services Sector Strategic Plan of meeting the Health Care needs of communities and persons living with HIV disease, focuses on comprehensive and holistic HIV/AIDS interventions that improve quality of life of those affected by the epidemic and decrease transmission of HIV from infected people, and to ensure that the great majority of people who are currently not infected with HIV remain uninfected.
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3.4 Shine Africa Ministries Comprehensive Plan for Managing HIV and AIDS.
The plan holds a significant position in the international public health because of its largest and most ambitious HIV care. The plan is anchored on two important pillars: –
It is a comprehensive program that includes: –
Ensuring that the great majority of people who are currently not infected with HIV remain uninfected (the messages of prevention and of changing lifestyles and behaviour are critically important in managing the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS).
n Enhancing Efforts in the prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections, improved nutrition and lifestyles choices.
n Effective Management of those HIV infected individuals who have developed opportunistic infections through appropriate treatment of AIDS related conditions
n Provision of ART in patients presenting with low CD4 counts to improve functional status and to prolong life.
n Integration of traditional and complementary medicine into the comprehensive care, management and treatment program
n Providing a comprehensive continuum of care, support and treatment
3.5 Shine Africa Ministries Guiding Principles of HIV/AIDS:
- Quality Care.
To provide comprehensive Care, Management & Treatment for PHA’s.
Universal Care& Equitable Implementation.
Strengthening the Health& HIV/AIDS Services.
Reinforcing the Shine Africa Ministries HIV/AIDS Strategy of Prevention.
Providing Comprehensive Continuum of Care & Treatment.
Develop a sustainable HIV/AIDS Program
Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles.
Promotion of Individual Choice of Treatments.
Integration of HIV/AIDS with Nutrition strategy.
Ensuring the safe use of Medicines.
Local & International partnership to jointly implement.
3.6 Community Based Health and Malaria prevention Programs.
Shine Africa Ministries focuses on key prevention and treatment interventions of the whole at risk population while specifically targeting the poor, pregnant women and under-five children. Shine Africa has adopted a strategy which will: –
Increase awareness and usage of LLINs; enhance provision of parasitological diagnosis, prompt and effective treatment to at least 75% of suspected malaria cases seen at health facilities and community level by 2013.
n Strengthen capacity for interpersonal communication through health workers, approaches to further improve knowledge and behavior change, with a particular focus on care seeking behavior, diagnosis and treatment.
n Facilitate community outreach: VHTs will be supported to conduct social mobilization with a focus on reaching pregnant women and care takers of children under-five working through established community structures including administrative systems, religious organizations, peer groups, CBOs and local to strengthen microscopy in health facilities
n Enhance coverage with Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets among all populations at risk.
n Improve awareness and usage of LLINs, malaria diagnosis and treatment services to at least 80% by2016.
n Strengthen program management, malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems in at least 80% of the five districts in Teso sub-region by 2016.
3.7 Home based Management of Malaria.
Shine Africa Ministries is consolidating on the concept of a “Village Health Teams” that serve as a community’s initial point of contact for ensuring that pregnant women and children with poor access to health facilities receive appropriate anti-malarial treatment at community level within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Currently there are 49 village teams established in 123 villages in the 5 target districts across Teso sub-region.
These teams will receive training and support from Shine Africa Ministries with funding from development partners and will be equipped with ACTs and RDTs to treat pregnant women and children against malaria at community level.
Malaria Case Management through increased access to effective treatment and parasitological diagnosis remains the cornerstones of case management. In line with close-to-client strategies under Shine Africa Ministries health sector strategic plan, malaria case management includes service delivery partnership both at government, private static health facilities and community-based management of fever.
Treatment guidelines, job aides, training curricula and manuals for village health teams (VHTs) are being produced for training of village health teams and other health service providers on case management and to improve the operational efficiency and quality in the management of severe malaria in 123 pilot villages in Soroti, Serere, Ngora, Amuria and Katakwi districts of Teso sub-region and there are plans to scale up this approach based on evidence of its effectiveness.
For more information about all programs carried out by Shine Africa Ministries, please contact:
Mr. Michael Anguria
Plot 99 Camp Swahili Soroti-Moroto Road, Northern Division, Soroti Municipality
Tel: +256 772 844 459 /+256 772 854 991/+ 256-701-929754.