My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Real Uganda, Mukono, , Uganda
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.