............The On-going Projects!
We aim to work at a grassroots level, meaning we work alongside locals, hearing what their needs and dreams are. We aim to empower more and this is an instrumental factor in our on-going projects. Ethical Encounters hopes to inspire and educate thus creating a mentality of 'I can do it!'
Each project our volunteers contribute towards, from projects as simple as cooking and helping kids, to empowering the massai or building a school, EE has been involved directly.
This means we have a dedicated on-site team working to outline clear aims of each project, the objectives required to reach those aims and a system to evaluate the achievement of the objectives.
Read about where we work in Uganda and our projects!
The O'ciens Children's Home was founded by EE's inspirational Ritzer. In May 2011. Ritzer, the organization founder, came across 11 children that were living to the streets of Bwaise Slum.
After hearing their story of how they came together as a group on the streets and lived for 5 months without clothing or shelter, he helped them to find a home in what is now the orphanage for this project.
According to statistics, most of the orphans approximately 98% live in rural areas with their host families, grandparents, or other relatives. Rural people are not well sensitized about their health or well being. More emphasis is put on major cities and urban areas which leave rural people at a great risk of contracting diseases leading to higher death rates of parents hence large numbers of orphans.
The project started with 11 street kids from the Bwaise Slum in Kampala known to larger populations as a place with poor hygienic conditions which lead to spread of various disease and is now home to 31+ amazing kids. The Orphan project is committed to improving the lives of the children, and offering them an education and a higher standard of living.
These children are between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. Our main focus is the Children whose parents died due to various diseases who have experienced many negative changes in their lives and suffered neglect which has led to a lot of impacts like emotional trauma and neglect. View Available Trips
O'ciens Academy is a new school established this year 2013, it was started by Ritzer and other generous donors support.
Our school allows the neediest children in Kampala to receive a primary education, as well as providing vocational education for young adults.
After establishing the orphanage, we now ventured out to form a local primary school. This project is not just about bricks and books. It is about rebuilding a whole community and giving children a future their parents never had. The orphans at the Children's home attend the same school together with other kids in the surrounding villages in Nabweru Zone.
Although it's a new fresh project classes already started at the O’ciens Academy on February, 2013, but at the moment the children are sitting on the floor during class and we don’t have enough learning materials and proper teaching tools. We have developed plans for this primary school and will add a vocational section for school drop-outs and young adults
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Read about where we work in Tanzania and our projects!
Mondoli juu School is a local primary school serving the massai community of the Mondoli juu village in North of Tanzania over looking Kilimanajaro mountains.
The school has been community run for several years and became our project after the establishment of Ethical Encounters - Tanzania in 2012. The school is run for and by Maasai, and will adhere to the value of indigenous knowledge.
The school focuses on building literacy in Maa along with Swahili and English. They will inculcate cultural pride into the students, while also teaching English and subjects adhering to the national standards of education in Tanzania.
Its Manager, Amani Laizer, is an extraordinary Maasai man who is dedicated to Maasai people's empowerment in his community. There are currently five classrooms at the School. The School is sustained through the active participation of the community and its involvement on the school board. There are several board members along with an elder positioned as the chairperson of the school.
Ethical Encounters in Tanzania is currently focusing on developing the Mondoli juu Primary School. This involves building the infrastructure for the primary school, developing school materials at the nursery and primary level, and sustaining teacher salaries.
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The village of Mondoli juu has had a particularly difficult time developing due to lack of funding and the remoteness of the area. Since the beginning of 2012, Ethical Encounters has attempted to work around these impediments and focus on sustainable community projects with what resources are available. The community has alot of needs ranging from Safe Water, Health to Solar power.
Mondoli juu is a rural community that lacks any educational facilities. The lack of school facilities makes it difficult to continue school during the rainy seasons, making a tenuous school schedule for the children. The immediate focus at the Ethical Encounters in Tanzania is to build a safe water tank for the community and initiate a sustainable project to help the massai families.
This project will bring development and ward off hunger, disease and illiteracy. This project is however not intended to give modern life to Masai, who still are living a nomadic life tending their cattle, but on the contrary help save their own culture and lifestyle.
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