Saint Francis Revival Home
In a more remote area in the middle of the beautiful nature, you will find Saint Francis. It is run by nuns of the nearby Villa Maria Project. The name Revival Home can be translated as a home for recovery. The project was deliberately built at a more remote location; in this way the children can best recover from what they have experienced.
The project tries to get the children back in their own family as soon as possible or, if this is not possible, in a foster family. In order to achieve this, there is a lot of focus on the reason why children can no longer be looked after. Often this reason is of a financial nature and by means of guidance and conversations, an attempt is made to improve the financial situation in such a way that the child can live at home again. On average there are between 20 and 30 children (from a few months old to about eight years) and since no money is made available from the government, there is always a need for extra staff.
How can you help?
There are many ways you can help; from playing with the children to simple English lessons to helping improve the conditions in the families. The project is as good as self-sufficient by a large vegetable garden and the breeding of different animals. Besides helping with cooking, you are free to help with all the activities that occur.
Much is written about the effects of volunteering at orphanages in developing countries. For this reason, we have dedicated a special page on this website for volunteers who want to help at an orphanage. We talk about the effects and about local circumstances and culture and how we think we can have a positive effect on these children.
Recently, a medical post has been started on the project. The direct reason for the construction of the medical post was the tragic death of a young woman. A complication occurred during the delivery of twins. The nearest hospital is about half an hour away and since there are no ambulances in this area, the woman had to be transported to the hospital with a boda (motorcycle taxi) and she did not survive.
The revival home wants to prevent this and is looking for qualified volunteers who can support the (small) medical team. In addition, they have trouble financing everything and they can use any help with this. On this page you can financially support the project.
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
If you want to come and work with street children or orphans, you will have to stay at least 8 weeks.
The work at Villa Maria is very diverse and depends on the area where you want to support. You can support the project at the revival home and / or the medical post. You can also support the following activities;
- outreaches that help poor families or elderly people in the area
- support the family of the children or a potential foster family
- help in the vegetable garden and care of the animals
- help with building or maintaining the buildings
- take care of the meals and the weekly shopping in Masaka
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.
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.
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.
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.