AFRICA INITIATIVE FOR THE NEEDY UGANDA (AINU).
Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda (AINU) is an organization of Ugandans engaged in development projects. It is a medium sized NGO working to help people with disabilities, aged, youth, orphans, vulnerable children, women and teenagers, to reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of poor communities.
AINU operates in Kampala District but is also involved in Kayunga, Kalangala, Mukono and Masaka Districts. Our head office is located in Kampala.
Through a number of activities so far undertaken, AINU has established itself as a "leading NGO and key actor" within the civil society in Uganda, contributing to sustainable livelihoods of the resource poor, good governance in development resources management, sustainable development and poverty reduction among the poor communities and the entire country Uganda. The profile of the organization as an important partner and actor in fighting rural poverty among the needy groups and communities has certainly been established.
AINU is thus playing a complimentary role with the existing government efforts, as an external agent (catalyst), in community development initiatives and the new co-management system and thus contributing to the overall national development goals / agendas.
AINU undertakes this through the provision of services / assistance in defining problems; providing independent advices, ideas and expertise; guiding joint problem-solving and decision-making; and continuing to advocate for appropriate policies.
Beyond this, AINU has continued to undertake the following; training and education on (leadership and organizational management); situational analysis and problem-solving; consensus building; livelihood and enterprises management; conflict management; advocacy; facilitation; networking; socio-economic monitoring and evaluation; and facilitation in the development of good communication channels and open discussions as well as the promotion of dialogue between the needy groups and community members and governments (national and local governments) through meetings and forum for discussions.
AINU is an active member to both national and local relations and has managed to make friends from USA, UK, Australia, and NewZealand. This has enabled AINU to network, share information and experience as well as link national, regional and international issues in practice and to shape policies at all levels. AINU has, therefore, emerged as a credible voice for the resource poor needy groups and communities in Uganda.
OUR VISION : To have a well organized and vibrant rural/ urban community, with the capacity to advocate for their concerns, needs, interests and rights towards sustainable development.
OUR MISSION : AINU's mission is to work towards ensuring the rural grass-roots marginalized and the most vulnerable affected by war, poverty, disease, discrimination, tortured have access to best health care, fundamental human rights education, fight and prevent drug abuse and illicit trafficking among the youth, access to safe and clean water, sanitation, adequate shelter, right to food and working with the community to bring about transformation development and poverty eradication.
AINU: Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda, Africa (Kampala, Masaka and Kayunga Districts)
Volunteer : A person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it.
Volunteers Wanted! If you are enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated, and proactive, and you are able to work under your own initiative and as part of a team, then our volunteer programme might be for you. You don't have to be a fully qualified teacher or medical professional to apply to join our volunteer programme, although we prefer that you have graduated from university. If this describes you, then you may be just the person we're looking for. Please read the following pages thoroughly.
AINU is constantly looking for volunteers who would like to work in our on site in a projects supported by us.
Please bear in mind that volunteering is unpaid work. To volunteer means to do challenging work and to be exposed to difficult situations, but it also means an outstanding opportunity to develop your personality and to experience life-enriching moments. In order to better understand our work, we ask you to carefully read the information on this page. There are two options for volunteering with AINU:
1. Volunteer vacancies
We often have vacancies for volunteers with specific skill sets who are able to commit to working with us for specified periods of time. Please contact us and we send you the volunteer form.
2. Propose your own project In addition to our existing vacancies, we are always on the look out for volunteers who can make a contribution to the welfare of children and communities in a manner consistent with our vision. We have an open mind when it comes to project proposals: perhaps you are an expert in public health? Maybe you have experience in water sanitation?
If you have a particular set of skills and you can envision using them to improve the lives and futures of communities Uganda, please let us know how you think you could apply your skills by filling in the "Propose your own Project by requesting a form.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved with our organization - and in some cases - right from the comfort of your home. The following list provides a few of the ways you can get involved either individually or as a group. We currently need or anticipate needing help from volunteers with skills in the following areas:
- Teaching Children
- Sports and Culture
- Agriculture and Vocational trainings
- Care and Support
- Medical or health
- Social work
- Environment/Climate change awareness
Some of the Best Reasons to Volunteer Some of the best reasons to give are the ones you may not have considered — the ones that make it worth your while to go that extra step. People who have spent time volunteering for a cause report that they get back in satisfaction and joy more than they ever expend in inconvenience or effort — what you get back is immeasurable. You'll also receive these benefits:
- Volunteering makes you feel needed.
- Volunteering can lead to learning new skills.
- Volunteering can help you deal with some of your personal problems.
- Volunteering helps you meet new people and breaks down barriers of misunderstanding, mistrust and fear.
- Volunteering can create new contacts which may help your business or career.
We have many opportunities for volunteers. If you're interested or talented in a specific area, we most likely can use you! AINU is proud to work amongst various faiths and backgrounds.
At AINU we strive to give our volunteers the big-picture about world poverty and development. When you volunteer with us, we ask that you get involved in all aspects of our programs. If you are volunteering at one of our centers, this means that you will be involved in the hands-on teaching and care-giving, as well as the administration and general management of the organization. In this way, we aim to give you a better understanding about issues concerning modern development, education and non-profit organizations.