Our Volunteers: Andy Moulton volunteering in Uganda

Youth Aid Uganda

Youth Aid Uganda
Youth AID Uganda (YAU) established in 2001 is a Non-Governmental Organization focusing on the survival, protection and development of children and Youth. Youth AID uses human rights based approach in advancing the interventions to the children and youth contemporary social problems.

The formation of YAU was to promote youth development particularly in the field of livelihood and life skills for sustainable development.  YAU runs programmes educating youth in health (including HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and healthy lifestyles), livelihood development (tailoring, IT, small business skills and functional literacy), and human rights.

Youth Aid Uganda sought two Youth Development Workers to work with local staff and volunteers, assisting with distribution of materians, organisation of workshops, increasing youth participation and strengthening the organisation.

Andy Moulton

AndyAndy Moulton has volunteered to work with YAU to develop their programs and improve their capacity to continue their work.

Andy has completed a Bachelor of Youth Studies has experience facilitating programs for young people.

In 2008 Andy worked with Indigenous Australian youth in the Northern Territory in a literacy and story-telling project aimed at both engaging young people in addressing education issues and providing an opportunity for stories of people in remote communities to be heard.

Andy has a passion for social justice and the empowerment of young people. She has volunteered in several capacities in the past, including several months with KIDADE in Uganda.

Field Trips: Developing Relationships

August 29, 2011

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton have recently completed placements with Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.
With a large group of eager volunteers anticipating departure and even more partners eager to host and work with them, Palms’ staff undertook two field trips – Brendan to South Africa, Uganda and Kenya in May/June and Christine and Barry, shortly afterwards, through Timor-Leste.

Field Trips have two dimensions. Firstly, we visit volunteers and partners already working together, providing personal support and evaluating the effectiveness of the development work in which they are engaged.

Heath Thompson with Brigida, Zelia and Senor Pereira at Fundacao Lafaek Diak in Triloka, Timor-Leste.
While some volunteers are determinedly independent, and seek little support from Palms, all appreciate such a visit and it is a vital part of maintaining effective working relationships between Palms, our partners and our volunteers. Sometimes even the independent types are surprised by how much they benefit from a visit by someone who understands.

Anne Chapman shares some fresh fruit with Christine O’Halloran in Atabae.
Secondly, Field Trips allow us to scope future opportunities for partnership, assessing requests for volunteers against Palms’ mission – what will a volunteer be able to achieve here? – and assessing the conditions in which a volunteer will have to live and work – will a volunteer feel secure enough to last a full placement term or build the close relationships necessary for skill exchange?

Seeing the assignment locations and meeting the partners firsthand allows Palms’ staff to make some difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising one placement over another when faced with limited numbers of volunteers or limited funds required to send them.

Fr Angelo training youth in IT in Dili
It is a difficult triage, when all of our partner organisations are so welcoming, often travelling out of their way to meet you, providing hospitality on arrival and sharing genuinely warm, human interactions. Never during our field trips did we feel anything but safe, such was the care provided by our hosts.

So while, sadly, some partner’s requests will remain unfulfilled for now, it is with pride that Palms is able to fill placements with Holy Family Care Centre in Ofcolaco, South Africa; the Archdiocese of Tororo and St Anthony’s Hospital in Tororo, Uganda; Dili Diocese, Ahisaun Foundation, Haburas Moris and Eskola Teknika Agrikola in East Timor.

Gerever Niwagabe, Lorrain Kirk and Namirimu Olive at Kawempe Home Care in Kampala
These organisations all have a long history of working in their community and of hosting Palms’ volunteers. They have both the resources to ensure the volunteers can be safe and therefore effective, and the shared commitment to building their communities, while working with the most disadvantaged, whether they be HIV-positive children, youth with disabilities, women, rural communities, or simply those unable to afford medical care.

Human Rights and Youth in Uganda

June 9, 2011

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton are youth workers from Melbourne currently volunteering in Kampala with Youth Aid Uganda. Here, Elly shares her observations of the challenges facing young people and the importance of their work.

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Andy Moulton’s CommUNITY News no. 1

May 12, 2010

They have a name for us here, ‘mjungu’ (white person) which we have learned to accept and reply to. Although we prefer our given Runyoro names which are Akiiki (fortune teller) and Atenyi (snake).

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Population: 32,369,558

Area: 241,038 sq. km.

Median Age: 15

Literacy: 66.8 %

Languages: English, Luganda, various Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Uganda is a geographically and culturally diverse nation. The South Eastern part of the country is dominated by Lake Victoria, which flows into the White Nile before it winds through Sudan and Egypt. Other large lakes are located in the West and centre of the country. In the 1970s, Uganda was famous for human rights […]

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