Project information

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Youth Empowerment Training (YET) Northern Uganda has the youngest population in the world. The project will provide business support &business skills training; vocational skills, apprenticeships & labour market intelligence; sensitization, a change of mind-set & an enterprise culture to the youth.

September 2015 - September 2020

Charity information: Sing With Me Happily

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  • Need


    An unemployed, overpopulated youth living in poverty, susceptible to extremist behaviour. A vicious cycle of lack of work experience and opportunity making the young people less employable and disengaged from the labour market, leading to problems of alcohol abuse and crime.


    In a motivating model home & social environment we will provide basic living needs to the youth, while we train them up for and support them into work. We will model and encourage labour intelligence and partner with the private sector enabling an improved labour market. Everyone will learn about Sexual Health to prevent consistent overpopulation. Young parents will learn about Early Child Development to assist the next generation, preventing the cycle of poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    • To support over 1000 youth mothers into business or employment and a better livelihood.


    » By providing in house vocational training, education and work experience opportunities, whilst caring for their children and teaching ECD.

    What success will look like

    Mothers providing for their own and other children’s needs, demonstrating knowledge and understanding whilst working in our Early Childhood Development Centre or other institutions

    Aim 2

    • To empower the youth of Nwoya district by supporting them into their chosen field of work.


    » By providing; team building activities, exposing individual skills; intense training courses, in their relevant field; connections with employers or p

    What success will look like

    More applications for training from Youth, than there will be spaces, i.e a waiting list. Employers seeking our trainees to fill jobs.To be achieved by year 3 of the project.

    Aim 3

    • To build a community and entrepreneurial spirit amongst the youth of Northern Uganda.


    » By offering a social, safe, homely learning environment where all youth are invited to contribute to and gain from the living and working space includ

    What success will look like

    An increase in new business and the economy of Northern Uganda as reflected by research. This should be analysed within 5 years.

  • Impact


    The project will enhance the livelihoods of the youth by providing them a means to earn a living and contribute to Northern Uganda’s Transformative Scenario 2040. (UKaid)
    With stronger engagements with the private sector, (value chains) sector employment records should increase significantly, reshaping the North’s economy.
    Higher female and youth business ownership, and greater female and youth entrepreneurialism.


    The trainees (women especially) may not be supported, instead expected to continue duties at home rather than train further or take employment.
    The project will take part in the sensitization of the communities around the centre, promoting the benefits of Youth Empowerment Training, working alongside other NGOs & delivering messages through Drama and other forms of entertainment.
    The youth will move to urban areas.
    The project will partner with private sectors working in the North predominately.


    The donors will receive a quarterly email report on the project. This will detail ongoing and future activities, a summary of volunteer feedback forms, registration numbers and letters of thanks from trainees of have moved into work or further training and education.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £65,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Infrastructure Building Classrooms, accommodation & Child development centre
      £5,000 Transport A vehicle to move volunteers, trainees and procure resources
      £5,000 Curriculum Producing Printing and Procuring Curriculum material for every course
      £25,000 Salaries + Expenses Director, Security, Administration staff
      £5,000 Housekeeping Internal decoration and cleanliness materials
      £5,000 Farming/Catering Livestock, crops and local produce procurement + management
  • Background


    Northern Uganda has suffered prolonged conflict until 2007. Income poverty rates remain well above the national average and other social development indicators fall short of national norms. Development in the region is critical as Northern Uganda transitions from a focus on post-conflict recovery to economic development and growth.


    Businesses and Institutions in the region.
    Youth, aged 13yrs – 25yrs living in the region.
    Children of young mothers participating in the training courses.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SWMH has previously worked with an underprivileged community in rural Mozambique. We provided a community school program where all ages could learn new skills from international volunteers. We especially worked on Early childhood development which the community now provide for themselves using our model as a framework. We have great networks in the UK supporting SWMH and the new trustees of SWMH Uganda are able to support the program with their skill base and professional networks.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Spencer

    The founder of SWMH. A qualified teacher with a Post Graduate qualification in Global Development. The Executive Director of the project.

    Jon McLea

    An agronomist and passionate about farming. He has spent many years working across Africa. He will lead the farming operations and training.

    Pius Babyesiza

    A financial expert with community at heart. He is able to relate at grassroots. He will ensure SWMH finances are organised and transparent.

    Kenneth Bongoeim

    He will ensure SWMH is always fair with their dealings with the local community and will upkeep good relations in the region as his family has.