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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The Real Uganda recruits and places international volunteers with a number of community based organizations around Uganda. Through our volunteer placement program, we aim to build the capacities of local organizations and raise awareness around the world about the successes and challenges of life in Uganda. The Real Uganda doesn't want to save Uganda, it wants to share Uganda with the world. We support Ugandan innovation and motivation.

Results: 1. The Real Uganda was founded and registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in February 2006. 2. The Real Uganda has placed almost 750 international volunteers with Ugandan led community based organizations, since inception. 3. Currently, The Real Uganda raises funds for and manages these ongoing initiatives: Nalusse Success Primary School Hot Lunch Program, Rural Income Generation Project, Teacher Salary Fund, and Grassroots Uganda Women's Handicraft Sales and Marketing. 4. The Real Uganda has funded and managed these small grants/projects: Bought a motorcycle for Uganda Skateboard Union in 2006. Sponsored 1 man through a university degree, sponsored 14 students through “O” level education. Purchased over 30 mattresses and blankets for Jim Education Centre in 2006. Built a goat farm for Johnson Nkosi Primary school in 2010. Built a piggery for Passionate Child and Elderly Care in 2010. Given away 8 pregnant cows to YOFAFO’s women’s group from 2011 to 2012. Gave out 9 pigs for 3 community groups in conjunction with Volunteer Support Network in 2012. Built a clinic at Hope for Africa Children’s Village in 2012. Purchased 2 plots of land (50’x100′) for Christian Heritage Centre in 2013. Sent a community leader on an organic agriculture course in 2014. Gave out seed funds to start a micro-loan program with Hopeline Organization’s women’s groups in 2014. Held a re-useable menstrual pad workshop for Hopeline Organization’s women’s groups in 2014. Replaced damaged roofing and all subjects of Nursery to P7 textbooks after a major storm destroyed school buildings and property in 2014. Built numerous classrooms, latrines, and staff houses for community based organizations and schools between 2006 and 2015. Bought a car for Hopeline Organization in 2015. Purchased land for Volunteer Support Network in 2015.

Target demographics: Many local organizations lack the money and skills to grow themselves. With our program in place, our partner organizations are overcoming some of the more serious challenges they face. These include: lack of money for operations (wages, office space, transport, training courses), lack of business skills (book keeping, marketing, strategy, grant writing), and lack of up to date knowledge (Counseling/mentoring skills, English language, HIV/AIDS and life skills information).

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year we hosted 32 international volunteers and gave out $28,400 in small grants that supported 7 locally led initiatives.

Geographic areas served: The Real Uganda recruits and places international volunteers with a number of schools and community based organizations around Uganda. Through our volunteer placement program, we aim to build the capacities of local organizations and raise awareness around the world about the successes and challenges of life in Uganda.

Programs: International volunteers choose to work in these areas: Village Teaching and Outreach Public Health Improvement Agriculture and Conservation Town Primary School Teaching

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first international trip was to volunteer for The Real Uganda in the spring of 2008. I was 22 and a liiiitle terrified. It turns out I had no reason to be. Leslie (the founder of The Real Uganda) molds your volunteer experience to fit your unique desires and skills. It was a great opportunity to learn, as well as to practice new skills like flexibility and patience. (They don't call it African Time for nothing.) Leslie herself was warm and enjoyable to talk to, a Canadian who used the word rad about a hundred times a day. The fellow volunteers were diverse in origin: an 18-year-old from Montana, a forty-something from New Zealand, and everything inbetween (NYC, Great Britian, Australia, etc.). Having spent a great deal of time in developing countries (Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic), my time in Uganda remains the safest, least disaster-filled of them all. My time volunteering in Uganda was an unforgettable experience, one that set me on a path of working in/for/around nonprofits/NGOs.

Josh42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my first time traveling EVER was to volunteer with the real uganda in Uganda and let me say how happy am i to have had this opportunity, at the age of 25 i was abit nervous but ever so happy to just get out and see the world & different cultures and it's because of Leslie that my experience went so smoothly, if i can recommend any organization to travel abroad it would be with The real uganda, during my stay i helped plant hundreds of plants & trees and does it ever feel satisfying afterwards to stand back and see with your own eye's what you've helped accomplished,after working in the Garden until noon i sometimes helped at the school in the yard playing with Frisbees and the odd game of football soon as i was finished having my butt kicked by all the kids i was given spare time to venture out and explore my surroundings which was just fantastic! and it all couldn't have been done without the knowledge of Leslie,Robert & Judith. im forever in their debt and plan to work extra hard march 2018 when i plan on returning because uganda to me feel's like Home , i selected the full 5 star's because the real uganda organization truly did exceed far past my expectations upon my arrival to the beautiful pearl of africa, See you again soon

roymoreno4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before The Real Uganda I spent a month in another organization in another country and had a bad experience in general, which at the moment seemed ok. But once I got to know The Real Uganda I understood the big difference between a good nonprofit and just a nonprofit.

Since everybody is just trying to help, it´s hard to tell when you are doing it wrong. But once you do it right, it'll stick with you. That's what happened to me in The Real Uganda.

Their grassroots programs are perfectly blended between the know how provided by Leslie as an occidental mind and the experience, way of the culture provided by all the local families and friends that work here. They see you as a real person, not just an open wallet, with whom they want to share their life, hoping not just to get something out of you, but to give you something in return. You might think its you who's giving the teaching, but it's all the way around: an experience in which a human being will grow learning from a different culture.

Uganda is a beautiful country. As a first contact with the african continent, it was perfect to introduce me to the culture, which can be a hard blow if not done the right way. I spent 3 months there and never ran out of things to do. The Real Uganda was always there to coach and guide me in whatever plans I had, be it por the program I was working in, or my adventures during the weekends.

With friendly people all over the country, in perfectly safe established programs that can go from agriculture, to education or health, you get to try the volunteering uniform in a real local (and by that I mean ran by the same people you are supposed to be helping, which is awesome) outfit, learning about the country and it's people along the way. Problems are always there, but The Real Uganda has a postive attitude towards solving them in the best of terms, and that makes a big difference, especially for you who's away from home.

My advice? if you are looking for the african experience and want to do it the right way, do it the real way: The Real Uganda way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before The Real Uganda I spent a month in another organization in another country and had a bad experience in general, which at the moment seemed ok. But once I got to know The Real Uganda I understood the big difference between a good nonprofit and just a nonprofit.

Since everybody is just trying to help, it´s hard to tell when you are doing it wrong. But once you do it right, it'll stick with you. That's what happened to me in The Real Uganda.

Their grassroots programs are perfectly blended between the know how provided by Leslie as an occidental mind and the experience, way of the culture provided by all the local families and friends that work here. They see you as a real person, not just an open wallet, with whom they want to share their life, hoping not just to get something out of you, but to give you something in return. You might think its you who's giving the teaching, but it's all the way around: an experience in which a human being will grow learning from a different culture.

Uganda is a beautiful country. As a first contact with the african continent, it was perfect to introduce me to the culture, which can be a hard blow if not done the right way. I spent 3 months there and never ran out of things to do. The Real Uganda was always there to coach and guide me in whatever plans I had, be it por the program I was working in, or my adventures during the weekends.

With friendly people all over the country, in perfectly safe established programs that can go from agriculture, to education or health, you get to try the volunteering uniform in a real local (and by that I mean ran by the same people you are supposed to be helping, which is awesome) outfit, learning about the country and it's people along the way. Problems are always there, but The Real Uganda has a postive attitude towards solving them in the best of terms, and that makes a big difference, especially for you who's away from home.

My advice? if you are looking for the african experience and want to do it the right way, do it the real way: The Real Uganda way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with The Real Uganda for 2 weeks in Lugazi. I had a great experience! I had the chance to stay with a local family and work on the programs they developed in remote villages in Lugazi. Our activities were very diverse - gardening and doing crafts with the women in villages, building mud stoves, teaching kids in village schools, working with a youth group aiming to empower them with skills that could enable them to earn a living, helping remote government clinics with patient registrations and talking to visiting patients to create health awareness to name some! I stayed with a lovely Ugandan family who guided me along the way and was very hospitable. The Real Uganda was great in terms of managing expectations and also informed me on all details before my trip to Uganda. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to explore Uganda and be a part of village life with locals, exchange experiences and culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently returned from 2 weeks in Uganda working with the Real Uganda. I did a ton of research on non-profits and chose this organization for several reasons. First - it is grassroots and when I spoke with Leslie the founder, I felt that her mission really spoke to me. She is not out to try to westernize Uganda or bring major change. She is simply trying to bring people together to inspire each other, learn about each other and lend a helping hand in the area of life that the Ugandans are taking upon themselves to try to improve. In addition, she places you with a host family in the village, so you are not on the periphery of a new and different culture, you are immersed in it! This was something that was a non-negotiable for me. I didn't not want to be placed in a volunteer hotel, and my family was wonderful, loving and I will be in touch with them always! Everyday here is different and you are not sure what they day has in store for you! I taught and played with little kids at a very underpriviledged village school, made bricks with the boys, built a plate stand with a women's group and helped them with their garden. You work with groups of women who have banded together to try to be innovative and improve their lives. It is inspiring to be a part of! I came away with way more than I thought I gave and I am eternally grateful for this experience. In addition, Leslie makes sure you have the weekends off so you can experience all that Uganda has to offer!!! Don't think about this - just do it! It will be one of the best experiences of your life. The Real Uganda is HIGHLY recommended!!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Real Uganda is a wonderful organization! Very well organized and set-up to create a positive experience! The founder is knowledgeable, helpful, and available to assist volunteers. She is thoughtful about how to provide support in a meaningful and sustainable way.

The organizations The Real Uganda partners with are also doing high-quality work. I taught in a rural school and had a positive and memorable experience! The kids and staff were wonderful! The level of support I received was tailored to meet my needs. I stayed with a host family and felt fully emersed in Ugandan culture. The Real Uganda founder also helped facilitate interactions with fellow volunteers working with different host organizations which was helpful to meet other people in a similar situation.

Overall, I would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend this organization!! And will volunteer again myself if I make it back to Uganda :).

1 Phi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Real Uganda is what can I say, THE REAL DEAL! Leslie is the director of the organization and she is an amazingly confident lady that knows Uganda. The Real Uganda also gave me confidence and with that I was able to give time and hopefully make changes for the locals through volunteer effort. Leslie herself being a local Ugandan/Canadian, knows all the great beauties of the country and is able to show you the best of Uganda, which is amazing and fun! Don't be scared of Africa, don't be scared of Uganda, GO!

1 Fer F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer from Mexico and I volunteer with Real Uganda about 1 month ago, Its just awesome the organization its great, the treatment, the programs everything. Besides it helps you a lot to learn many things bout a different culture, from the kids, how they live at the villages, at the end you get really closed to the people at the program that makes everything better you will not want to to leave the program.

If you have the opporunity, I think it's a must.

3 Sarah258

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The summer of 2015...turning 40 and finally being brave enough to go explore Ugandan way of life.
Getting all of the attention in an instant wasn't ever that easy when people asked me what I did during my holiday. "Did you go to France? to the US? you went hiking in the mountains? ... " "no no, I went to do volunteer work in an orphanage in Uganda." This is always followed by these couple of empty silent seconds after which a series of recurrent questions bursts out... Why on earth did you go THERE? so dangerous! did you get hurt? did you get robbed?are the people pushy?.... My reply : "People in Uganda are actually HAPPY people and they are so proud of their country that one of the first things they all said was "Welcome to Uganda and thank you for coming here". That's it, they didn't steal my money, they weren't pushy at all, I could walk around and feel so safe, much safer than some of the areas in my homecountry!"

Being a marketing/communication person in professional life I wanted to understand the needs of those poor and hungry children in orphanages so I could be inspired in one way or the other to help them get out of there and give them a better life. One of the things Leslie (owner of the Real Uganda) said when I arrived in Mukono was "an African kid needs to be raised in Africa by it's African family" ... and by the end of my stay in orphanage Grace I understood this completely.

I want to thank Leslie, and also Liz (director and wonderful teacher at Grace orphanage and school) but especially the kids to help me open my eyes and understand that we would not offer them a better life and future by getting them out of there. They are happy there, amongst each others and together they are a family.

My initial goal of why I wanted to understand their needs was totally wrong. I know now we can help them get education so they can evolve and grow themselves, we can help them to find ways of making sure food is on the table in a sustainable way. But it's they who will show us how to be a family and how to share and how to help and stand up for each other.

It was a wonderful, heart warming life experience which I regret not having done earlier, but then again, maybe it was only now that I was ready to see and believe the truth.

2 Wanyoike T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tony. W, Hello every one, its high time to thank The Real Uganda for the great work is doing to the grass root Organizations Like Hope Line Organization, with its help and the director Leslie, Hope Line Organization has been in position to grow as fast as it is, we have been in position to achieve number of skill in social, cultural exchange and economic development
There for I call upon every one to be part of the Real Uganda in its struggle of supporting the grass root organizations.