Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of mine, or that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation.
Whether you have a background in teaching, health or business, you could make a real contribution to our work. Through One Brick at a Time you could be volunteering in one of these two areas:
Help children develop their talent and skills in various areas. No matter what skills you bring with you, whether sport, music, art, writing, reading, drawing or your loving heart - you make a big impact in children’s lives and unlock their creativity. Their curious minds love new stimulations to do things differently.
Support local community schools and health clinics to set up favourable conditions which help to break the circle of poverty. We have completed 23 building projects and provide 5 years maintenance on them. You could help us to put new plasters, boards, install water harvesting systems to clinics and schools to collect water for cleaning and washing hands.
I've had a lot of volunteering experiences around the world but working in Fort Portal with the OBAAT team was undoubtedly the best one yet. We were building a playground at a local orphanage which was very heartwarming. I got to meet lots of friendly local people who I am still in touch with today via social media.
The entire skill exchange experience was really useful for both us and our new friends in Uganda. The culture, the people, the spirit, the aspirations really humbled me as a person and I was able to take this back with me to the UK. When I visited again in 2013 I felt like a local resident as lots of people recognised me from the first trip. I hope that my time there was useful for the One Brick Project, and it is a time I will hold close to my heart.
Volunteering at St Peter’s and Paul’s Primary School was one of the best experiences of my life. Both the teachers and the pupils were inspiring and there was lots of opportunities to be involved in different aspects of school life, from the garden project to the annual teachers vs. pupils football match! I have amazing memories from my time in Uganda that I will treasure forever.