Food For Thought

How are you supposed to concentrate if you are a child with an empty stomach? The Food For Thought project is an agricultural project that helps various other projects that focus on the most vulnerable group; street children and orphans. Often there is not enough money available to give the children enough food. Also very unilateral food is given in which there are very few nutrients and because of this all sorts of problems arise. The Food For Thought project is committed to help solving these problems.

Helping other projects

There are a lot of projects in and around Masaka that can use our help. The Food For Thought project helps a few days a week at a number of projects that are affiliated with Joeboentoe. As a volunteer you will help with a project that makes (among other things) traditional carpets from bark cloth, a project that offers help and training to young women in prison, a project that focuses on street children and many other projects.

New techniques

In Uganda farming is mostly done in an old-fashioned way. This is due to a lack of money but also because the knowledge is simply not there. There are a number of simple and inexpensive techniques that can greatly improve the yield. An example is the use of biochar, a technique that is now used by some farmers and that provides better agricultural land.

How can you help?

Are not you afraid of getting your hands dirty? Would you like to help with a multitude of projects? Your work is diverse; from helping with farming to cooking for children, from building a well to making traditional clothing. You will also be assisting a few days at the plastic recycling project where you will make all sorts of nice things from plastic bottles.

If you do not want to get your hands dirty but do agree with us that good nutrition is important for growing children, help us with a donation for the project. At Joeboentoe, 100% of your donation will benefit the project!

Knowledge center

We want the Food For Thought project to become a knowledge centre for local farmers. A place where they can see with their own eyes which effect new (or old) techniques have on the quality of their soil and the yield.

We hereby appeal to people who have experience with techniques such as permaculture, Hügelkultur or other techniques that can have a great effect with little effort. Do you have experience with one of these techniques? Then come help so that we can share this knowledge!

More information


Volunteering at this project starts at $ 579 for a four week period (this is including accommodation)! Look for a comprehensive overview of the costs on the page Costs of Volunteering

Tasks for volunteers

Your work on this project is very diverse. You help to grow the food and care for the animals. In addition, the project will take you to a number of other projects to help and depending on the period in which you come, you will carry out all kinds of work.

We do our best to provide all information about the projects as accurately and completely as possible. However, local conditions may differ slightly from the information as described here.


At this project there a several options regarding your accommodation. You can stay;

  • with a host family / at the project
  • in the Joeboentoe House

For more information about the different accommodation options, take a look at the Accommodation and Coordinator page.

Conditions for volunteers

The minimum age is 16 years and there is no maximum age associated with this project.

Conduct of good behaviour
To be able to help with this project, you need a conduct of good behaviour from your (local) government or Interpol.

Funding the project

The projects we work with receive an expense allowance that leaves no room for self-enrichment. We work this way because we prefer to see the projects being helped through improvements to the project instead of financial donations. Unfortunately we know too many projects where the donated money has disappeared into the pocket of a worker.

On this page on our Joeboentoe website you will find how you can best help the project. If you raise funds, Joeboentoe will take care of a responsible spending of the money.

Want to help us?

Sign up now or contact us for more info!

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Voluntary work with Joeboentoe

If this is the first time for you to volunteer or travel to a country like Uganda, you will probably have a lot of questions. Just click on one of the buttons on the right to learn more about that specific subject. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer on our website, feel free to contact us. The easiest way is to contact us through WhatsApp (+316-43050911) or Telegram (+25678-3686875) but of course you can also mail us!

If you are going to volunteer for the first time, you probably have many questions. Click on one of the buttons on the right to read more about the topics. If you have a question that is not answered on our website, please contact us. The easiest way is to ask a question via Whatsapp (+316 430 50 911) but you can also email us.

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