Uganda – The “Pearl of Africa” is a country with a wealth of natural beauty and diversity. It borders Lake Victoria, contains the source of the Nile, the Rwenzori Mountain range, jungles and many unique species. It is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Uganda is struggling to increase democratic processes following a period of civil unrest in the 70’s and with intermittent insurgent violence - human and gender rights have fallen behind. It also struggles to meet development demands with a high influx of refugees from South Sudan. 49% of Uganda’s population is under 15 and education for youth is critical to Uganda’s success in the future.
WomenFirst works to empower communities, women first. This organization focuses on education, skill training and incoming generating projects for women, who then in turn lift up their communities and family.
VIDEA has partnered with WomenFirst for 5 years, including the placement of International Youth and Aboriginal Youth Interns. This partnership has supported WomenFirst’s computer skills programs, gender sensitization in rural communities, and agriculture initiatives.
Mpambo – The Afrikan Multiversity
Mpambo is a unique African organization that is dedicated to the advancement of indigenous knowledge for community renewal and enrichment. It spearheads innovations to empower the community to anticipate and manage cultural change.
VIDEA has partnered with Mpambo on multiple educational and research projects to spread awareness and engagement with the Multiversity paradigm.
Arise and Shine Uganda
Arise and Shine Uganda believes that the key to sustainable community development is through education. Through education initiatives in rural communities to build schools, increasing attendance for girls as well as boys at schools, and adult education programs, Arise and Shine is trying to promote development through education one village at a time.
VIDEA’s partnership with Arise and Shine Uganda has supported their education work through hosting International Youth and Aboriginal Internship placements. This collaboration has enriched AAS’s community and youth work while widening VIDEA’s reach for development efforts in Uganda.