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Project information

Workaid - Skills Development in Uganda 2011

The aim is to tackle poverty by improving the livelihoods of disadvantaged groups of people living in poor rural and Urban areas of Uganda. We achieve this by enabling people to acquire the skills and knowledge to earn a basic living and become self- supporting.

January 2011 - January 2012

Charity information: Workaid

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  • Need


    Unemployment and lack of skills are key factors attributing to chronic poverty in Uganda today.

    Workaid assists carefully assessed, community run, self-help and vocational training projects which have practically designed teaching programmes, leading to profitable, useful skills. Skills such as carpentry, tailoring, masonry, typewriting, leatherwork, and metal work, which enable people to generate income, helping to empower themselves, their families and their local communities.


    Practical skills such as carpentry, tailoring, masonry, typewriting, leatherwork, and metal work, enable people to set up small businesses and enterprises to generate income, helping to empower themselves, their families and their local communities.

    Helping people acquire useful skills and knowledge to earn a living, improving quality of life, also reduces vulnerability, leading to empowerment and enhanced self-esteem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim of this project is to give disadvantaged people the tools they need to learn a skilled trade


    » Facilitate vocational training projects and self-help groups with practical tools and equipment so that people can learn a skilled trade.

    What success will look like

    Success will be, people, particularly women/widows and girls, are empowered to set up small enterprises/ income generating activities to ensure they can provide for themselves.

  • Impact


    Benefits to empowering women are far reaching, linked to better quality of life for children and greater child survival rates leading to sustainable change.
    Youths develop their self-esteem and confidence and realise their potential.
    Poor individuals can be voiceless, powerless and vulnerable. People are empowered to form themselves into cooperatives and in these groups have a ‘voice’ to speak up for their basic rights.


    There are minimal risks. Workaid has been sending tools and equipment overseas since 1986 and is experienced in managing and overseeing the transportation of items to developing countries.

    Rather than sending funds overseas which can risk mis-managment or perhaps do not reach those in real need, Workaid sends practical items which are carefully tracked to ensure they end up in the hands of those who really need them.


    On receipt of equipment, approved projects supply a report and photos to demonstrate the equipment in use. Regular reports continue to provide updates and a member of the UK Workaid team will make a monitoring visit to Uganda once a year to check up on a selection of projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Container Cost to ship 1 20ft container carrying around 10 tonnes of tools and equipment overseas.
  • Background


    Projects are located in and around the Kampala region (an approx 30k radius) in and around remote areas of Mbale in the South East and in the Kasese area of Western Uganda.


    The need in Uganda stems from a poor economic situation exacerbated by low literacy rates and high levels of HIV/Aids. More than three quarters of the population exists below the poverty line on less than $1 a day and the average life expectancy is just 50 years. Often elder children are responsible for supporting their orphaned siblings. Projects focus on assisting:- orphans, street children, unemployed teenagers, refugees, disabled and elderly people and widows.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With 25 years of experience Workaid is well acquainted with the difficult logistics of freighting to developing countries, dealing with customs authorities etc, and we have long-standing relationships with companies which we know can deliver equipment safely and efficiently.
    Workaid has an innovative and very resourceful approach to furthering economic development - sending practical items rather than funds. Workaid has only 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff members, plus 280 volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bill Duperouzel

    Chief Executive - Managing and coordinating the project in the UK

    Sue Gotley

    Project Coordinator - assessing, monitoring and evaluating projects

    Interservice - Father Tony Rweza

    Overseas Partner - overseeing and managing transportation of equipment in country.

Learning carpentry at a Deaf initiative

Learning carpentry at a Deaf initiative

Shipping tools is better than sending a million dollars.Workaid reaches the grassroots and has made people self-reliant and thinkers.

Dr Isaac Nsereko- runs an orphanage in Masaka, Uganda