Apologies for the lack of updates! We’ve been very busy!
This year we will have 2 Volunteer Placements – a 4 week placement in July for teachers and general skills volunteers and a 2 week placement in August for nutritionists, dietitians, nurses, doctors, physios and OT’s.
Volunteer teachers each English, PE and Art to all class level s in 2 primary schools – Kisoolo and St. Jude’s, 8.30 – 1pm, Monday – Thursday. The August volunteers will work on our Safe Motherhood Programme, giving workshops on nutrition and all aspects of pregnancy to mothers in rural villages, Monday – Thursday, in the afternoon.
All work and no play would not lead to a great placement though so volunteers get to visit lots of interesting people and places, learning about all aspects of life because Uganda has so many stories to tell!
We have very few places left – one for July and two for August – and recruitment closes on 1st February so if this sounds like the placement for you, email me at email@example.com ASAP!
Volunteer Recruitment for 2019 is now closed! This summer will see us bringing 2 volunteer placements to Uganda and they are both full!
Our first placement for teachers and general skills volunteers will see Andrew O’Riordan, Majella Smyth, Catherine Mc Fadden, Louise Dunne, Sarah Geoghegan, and Amylee O’Brien teaching in Kisoolo and St. Jude’s Primary Schools. They will be joined by Con Colbert who will be filming our every waking moment to give you all a little taste of our time in Uganda.
In August, I will be joined by Rebecca O’Dea, Lucy Drennan, Muireann Mc Hugh and Sinead Mannion. They will be working on our Safe Motherhood Programe giving nutrition workshops to mothers and fathers in rural villages.
I am VERY EXCITED about this year’s Volunteer Programme! I can’t wait to start working with Kisoolo Primary School and St. Jude’s and I’m equally excited to see the work started by Ellen, Tara, Hazel, Mary, Deirdre and Brian last year, continuing with the nutrition workshops…. AND now! thanks to Connie, you’ll be able to get a real feel for the programme, to see where we live and work, who we work with, who we visit, the excellent work done by our partners and volunteers, the beautiful scenery…. I can’t WAIT!!!!!!
We are delighted to announce that Con Colbert will be volunteering with us on the July placement next summer. Con will be making a series of videos showing the work we do, the places we visit, where we live, how we travel….he’ll be talking to the people who work with us on our programmes and those who benefit from the programmes… We are very excited at the prospect of being able to show you what life in Madudu is REALLY like.
The Bad News….
This means we only have 4 places left for the July placement of our 2019 Volunteer Programme.
If You’re Still On The Fence…This is what Sarah had to Say….
It was five weeks I will never forget. It has taken me weeks to post about my experience, simply because it takes a long time to digest the whole experience as well as going through over a thousand photos!!!
During my time in Mubende, I was involved in a fantastic education programme. As a primary school teacher, I was able to experience school life for teachers and pupils in Uganda. The beauty of Lámha Suas is that I saw where and how every cent raised was spent while I was in Uganda. This year money went to school resources; building latrines in school; running workshops in the safe motherhood programme. This programme educates mothers on nutrition; breastfeeding; weaning and safe childbirth.
No two days were the same, every day is action pack with planned activities whether it be volunteering in the mornings and in the afternoons visiting local people; schools and other community programmes.
Volunteering with Lámha Suas was such an amazing experience and it is too hard to put the experience into words. I learned so much in Uganda and loved every minute of it. I made fantastic new friends with all the volunteers Tara Raftery, Mary-Margaret Leonard, Ellen NíÓgáin, Hazel Windsor, Deirdre Ní Mhaolalaidh and Barry Clarke as well as all people of the community we lived in. We certainly had many laughs every day.
If you have a slight interest in volunteering, just go for it. I wanted to do it for many years and kept putting it off. The people of Uganda will always hold a piece of my heart.
To find out more about Lámha Suas check out their website www.lamhasuas.ie
We are now recruiting for our 2019 Volunteer Programme and it’s going to be a great one!!! Building on the great success of this year’s Volunteer Programme, we have decided to have 2 volunteer placements in 2019!
Teachers and General Skills….
The first will begin on Saturday 29th June and will run for 4 weeks. It is aimed primarily at teachers and general skills volunteers. Volunteer teachers will work in Kisoolo and St. Jude’s Primary Schools, Monday to Thursday, 8.30 to 1pm, teaching English, PE and art to all class levels.
We also need a volunteer to project manage the Building Programme and would be very interested in having promotional videos made. Whatever your skill set and experience, we will find the placement for you.
Afternoons will be spent in a variety of activities such as visiting other NGOs to hear about their work, meeting the people who work on or benefit from our programmes, visiting a local cultural/historical site, visiting people at home or in work to learn about the realities of life in Uganda. Volunteers also get to spend 3 days in the awe-inspiring Julina School for the Deaf in Mityana.
Nutritionists, Mid-wives, Nurses and Doctors….
New for 2019 is our second placement! This will run from 3rd – 18th August and is specifically for nutritionists, mid-wives, nurses and doctors.
They will work as part of our Safe Motherhood Programme giving workshops to expectant mothers on nutrition, pregnancy, breastfeeding and related matters. As the women work in the fields in the morning, the workshops will take place in the afternoons and the mornings will give the volunteers the opportunity to visit NGOs, etc.
Get in Quick…
Places are beginning to fill so get in touch soon… As an added incentive tickets are only €650 return if booked now…..
I can’t believe it’s time to go again. I am SOOOOO excited! I have a great crew of volunteers this year – I am blessed with the best every year…
I am particularly excited about the nutrition workshops we will be starting as part of the Safe Motherhood Programme. After little baby Kobisigye died last year I was determined to do something to address malnutrition in the area. I can not thank Ellen, Tara, Hazel, Brian, Deirdre and Mary-Margaret enough for making the leap of faith to come and get this all started.
Barry is going to be a real asset to our Building Programme this year. He has all his homework done and I am delighted that he will be project managing the construction.
I am really delighted to have Sarah coming along too. I can’t begin to tell you all how helpful she has been already and so organised!!!!! It’s been a real bonus for me having her just down the corridor in school but I’m not sure she’s as thrilled! Poor Sarah!
I’ll do my best to keep you all up to date via facebook. I’ll be back on 7th August with a million photos and some great stories no doubt !
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to get this far – knitters, crocheters, friends, family, The ESB, the INTO, anyone and everyone who has donated to the volunteers and/or helped them with their fundraising. Thank you to Ethiopian Airlines who are once again allowing us to pool our luggage allowance so we get the best value out of it… to all at the Rural Health Care Foundation Uganda and all our partners in Uganda who make our placement such a unique experience for our volunteers… to Ronah, our field coordinator, who keeps the wheels turning when we are back here at home. We are beyond blessed to have her.
A final big thank you to my Mam and Dad who will be there on Saturday to load up 2 cars, drive me to the airport and wave me off, as they always do, year in, year out xxx
I’m DELIGHTED to announce that our 2018 Volunteer Programme is now full and recruitment is officially CLOSED!
This year’s volunteers are: Barry Clarke, Sarah Scully, Ellen Hogan, Tara Raftery, Deirdre Mullally, Hazel Windsor-Aubrey, Mary-Margaret Leonard and Brian Egwalu. Read about what they will be doing on our Programme’s Page
I can’t tell you how excited I am to get out there and get started. We are in for one fantastic summer!
If you missed out on a place this year, remember we open recruitment again in September for July 2019 and we will be delighted to talk to you then.
Great News! I’m off to Uganda on Monday 26th March for a few days. It’s not officially a Lámha Suas trip…more catching up with friends but I will of course be going to visit all our programmes to catch up on all of their news too and to make sure we’re all set for July.
It’ll also be a great opportunity to bring out some of the hats, cardigans and blankets already accumulating upstairs. If you have anything for me to bring, get it to me by Friday 23rd.
You’ll find everything you need to know about Lámha Suas right here and if there’s anything else you need to know contact us via our Contacts Page!
Lámha Suas would like to say a HUGE thank you to Marianna Kane who volunteered her time, expertise, creativity and patience to create this beautiful website and teach Deborah how to update and maintain it! We are DELIGHTED with the results and genuinely can not thank Marianna enough.
Lámha Suas are recruiting volunteers to join our Volunteer Programme for July 2018. It is a 5 week placement in rural Uganda, living and working with the local community.
So why 5 weeks then? Is it not a bit long?
No. It’s not.
We’re only going for 5 weeks. We’re not going to change the world but we are going to get a Building Programme finished, the volunteer teachers are going to get a scheme of work finished and we are going to have the bare minimum of time needed to explore Uganda – the rich and the poor, the urban and the rural… so we get a really good feel for what life is REALLY like – and that’s what you want.
You’re not a VOLUNTOURIST going for the goo, you’re a Lámha Suas Volunteer going to see, experience, give back and LEARN.
Volunteers raise €2000 for our programmes and pay their own airfare. Lámha Suas cover airport transfers, transport to the village, food and accommodation in the village and we subsidize health cover with the International Hospital in Kampala.
Who Can Go?
As an education based organisation, we are always looking for teachers. You will be teaching English, PE and art to all class levels in Kiruuma and Kisoolo Primary Schools.
This year we also want to recruit volunteers to deliver nutrition training to those running our Safe Motherhood Programme – so if you have expertise in nutrition or if you’re a Speech and Language therapist who could give advice on breastfeeding, give us a call.
Lámha Suas welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Talk to us about your skills, talents, passion and expertise and we will work out how best to use your skills.
This is baby Kobisigye and her mum Annette. Kobisigye was born on our Safe Motherhood Programme. She had a club foot and a problem with her other leg meaning it bent the wrong way at the knee. These problems were treatable and curable but were compounded by malnutrition.
By the time we got Kobisigye assessed by a physiotherapist, at 5 weeks of age, her muscles were wasting, her breathing shallow, she was too weak to cry. Read more