WHAT WE DO
Here at African Volunteer Aid we are deeply committed to, and passionate about lessening the impact and consequences of extreme poverty in East Africa. Our purpose and mission is to provide humanitarian aid through village based sustainable projects having a measurable positive impact in communities suffering the effects of extreme poverty. We do this by utilising the skills, knowledge and experience of international volunteers who can create a positive change in Africa, creating self-sufficient communities in Uganda, East Africa.
It is our intention to brings change to Africa through four main sectors: Agriculture, Education, Health, and infrastructure. By focusing on these four core areas we are able to help local communities take charge of their own future, educating and empowering them to become self-sufficient without the ongoing need for foreign aid, breaking the cycle of extreme poverty and in due course establishing a positive future for those in needy circumstances.
Our programs are locally driven, sustainable and transparent, keeping in-line with our goals and ensuring they are in the best interests of the communities we serve. We are proud to work one on one with community members, getting to know them and their needs so we can ask ourselves “how best can we help?”
Working with the communities and not for them.
Read more about our ethical volunteering practices here.
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Being a registered charity, we are all for the communities and how we can best assist them. Community development plays an integral part in eradicating poverty and we are proud to be a part of this huge goal by ensuring each of our programs are welcomed, wanted and needed in the community. If the say no, we don’t go!
Community members living in extreme poverty are given the chance to understand how they can address and solve their issues relating to poverty on ground once given the knowledge and skillset to raise their level of consciousness around their situation. Pairing that awareness with their personal capabilities in order to address their issues.
When we welcome humanitarian aid volunteers into our programs we ensure they are skilled and experienced in their fields and can be contributing positively in the community. Think less volunteer holiday program and more about having that life changing, positive impact in the world. When volunteer’s skills are being correctly utilised, they can play an integral part of ensuring we can reach our goal. Should it be through women empowerment or supplying skilled doctors to rural communities to administer lifesaving medicine. Our community development programs have been set up on ground in Africa after years of researching the best way to assist.
We don’t offer communities hand-outs but hand ups.
VOLUNTEER, DONATE & EDUCATE
Utilising your skills as a volunteer in Africa, helping people who are genuinely struggling is an experience you will never forget. If you have the know how for reducing the vulnerability of impoverished communities then we would love to hear from you. Please check out our projects to see where your time and skill can be best used.
Africa Volunteer Aid connects you to a child in need. The money you provide goes directly to a child’s education. There are no skims or money filters on the route there, you pay for their education and that is exactly what they receive. Equipping a child of Africa with an education gives them tools for a brighter future and an opportunity to break the poverty cycle, for good.
By definition, extreme poverty is those people who are living on US $1.25 a day or less. That’s under $9.00 a week. Each year, without immunisation and basic medical care as many as six million children in poverty-stricken areas will not live to be five years old. Malnutrition alone is responsible for 45% of infant deaths. That’s just under three million children under the age of five, who starve to death.
TOUR DE BALI
Join us for a week of majestic cycling around Bali, taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells of village life that this tropical oasis has to offer.
With our hand-picked support team, you will enjoy five days of world-class cycling, as well as a host of activities that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.