Hey hey. Roni here.
Last night, I did my first interview for what will be the upcoming “Been to Africa” podcast. It was with Simon Mugabi, the head of the aforementioned CED Centre.
Simon is a Ugandan who started CED Centre in the hopes of helping his native village. They are mostly focused on working with women and children.
What I found most interesting about Simon and CED Centre is how flexible they are in terms of working with volunteers. While they aren’t able to pay for flights to Uganda, they are able to put you up in “modest accommodation” in the village and have some connections in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) for people to stay in guesthouses if they want a chance to be in an international city for a bit. They also are flexible in terms of what sort of roles volunteers will fit into when they’re in Uganda.
As of now, CED Centre is only in Lwampanga, but Simon said that he hopes to have more CED Centres expanding as time goes on.
If you know anyone who has been interested in volunteering in Africa, I’d say that the CED Centre people seem like they have their hearts in the right place, so you shouldn’t hesitate to get in contact with them.
If you want to help them out, they would love financial donations (however large) to help with their current projects. They also would accept donations in a physical form. One thing that Simon mentioned were uniforms for the teams in their Sport for Life Program.