Monday marked my first day at the African Village Support community centre which will be my second home for the next 3 months. I have now officially finished my half a year placement with Communities for Development in Bukhalu sub-county which was focused on micro-savings and income generating activities.
African Village Support (AVS) is a small charity set up by Marie Cates following the time she spent as a volunteer for Voluntary Services Overseas. Marie lived and worked in a small community in eastern Uganda working alongside local head teachers and teachers. Upon her return she set up this charity to support small villages in eastern Uganda with the aim of helping to improve the quality of life of both adults and children in some small way. The needs are wide and varied ranging from support for the development of basic living conditions, to support that adds some enrichment to daily life. Working as a humanitarian, community based organisation, AVS helps with sustainable community projects, with maternal health, hygiene and education, working with students, women and youth groups in the area.
I’ll be directly responsible for supporting the rural communities through development of livelihood projects, organization of skills / business training and providing various opportunities for economic development for local women, girls and the most vulnerable. Key focus points will be on:
- Development of the existing and new livelihood projects with women’s groups including needs assessment, business training, budgeting, data processing and analysis and evaluation of the projects.
- Development of the newly opened community centre through support in fundraising activities, marketing including social media outreach, financials and social activities.
- Supporting development of the 3-years growth strategy for AVS together with the managers of the community centre and executive committee.
I’m very excited to be on board this incredible organisation!