Our founder, Francis Sekate, founded Change Africa for Good after realizing the need for expert volunteers in his community. His projects and the NGOs were being staffed by international volunteering organizations who were out of touch with the real needs of the community or organization they purported to help.
He knew that more could be done to empower both sides - qualified volunteers could help NGOs grow and better serve their communities, and NGOs could provide the kind of life-changing experiences volunteers sought.
In collaboration with a UK-based business consultant, Francis undertook six months of research to identify the challenges facing volunteers and NGOs and to design volunteering solutions.
The idea was to devise a system that would make volunteering appealing to volunteers as well as help NGOs/CBOs to achieve greater impact across East African Region.
The research with the local NGOs and CBOs showed:
Often, partnerships with international volunteering organizations were unsuccessful, leading to wasted time and resources for their organizations
Real experts with the proper skill sets are necessary to deliver towards the NGO’s mission, as well as build their capacity and help become sustainable organizations.
NGOs themselves need to be equipped with the tools and resources to make the most of volunteers assigned to their organizations.
Research among volunteers showed that:
Fewer volunteers are interested in “voluntourism”
They want to make a real, lasting difference to communities.
They need to believe in the causes they are working on.
They are interested in causes with a purpose that connects to their own interests.
They find a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment in helping others.
With limited resources, Francis found consultants who could help design the infrastructure, put all systems together, and kick start the enterprise, leading to the birth of Change Africa For Good.
Change Africa For Good is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. While we can’t solve all of the issues that Uganda and the wider world face, CAFG hopes to have an impact on the ones closest to home: medical concerns and education.
Uganda needs doctors. According to Uganda’s news agency “the Observer”, Uganda’s doctor-to-patient ratio is estimated at 1:25,725 ; Uganda’s nurse to patient ratio of 1:11,000.
This makes meeting SDG 3 – “Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages” a very difficult thing to achieve.
Each of our medical camps treat approximately 500 patients with medical care and education.
CAFG hopes to reduce the incidence of Uganda’s top five leading causes of death, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, respiratory tract infections and diarrheal diseases.
East Africa needs qualified educators. Poorly paid teachers means that there are fewer of them.
Schools lack resources and proper oversight, and students don’t have an environment conducive to learning.
Opportunities abound for volunteers to educate Ugandan teachers on best practices regarding classroom management and creating an environment where students can learn, as well as teaching the country-standard curriculum to students directly.
Matching qualified volunteers with schools where they can make a difference puts SDG 4 – “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” within reach for Uganda’s rural children.