Volunteering in the U.S.

Real Partners Uganda is a small team of volunteers who try to ‘do it all.’ If you have time and some skills, we would love to have you join us.  We especially need help with:

  • Our marketing and communications–writing, editing, creating a broader audience of engaged people
  • Our social media effort–we need help to get younger people involved. Instagram expert? Twitter? Facebook? YouTube? We need you.
  • Our fundraising team–not only is this team involved in  ‘asking,’ but we are also keeping track of our donors, their gifts and communications. Familiarity with data entry would be very helpful.

Mustard Seed Christmas

How would you celebrate Christmas without food? To prevent that situation, every fall we have a special appeal for “Christmas Food.” This allows the staff in Uganda time and money to buy all of the ingredients for a gift of Christmas food. Schools have their long break during December and January, so Mustard Seed students miss the meals they normally get at school. To ease some of the burden and hunger for Mustard Seed families, a big bag of festive food and some staples is given out on Dec. 23.

We depend on churches to publicize the need and collect the money. Only $15 provides a very special Christmas gift to a whole family!

If you would like to get your church, or another group, involved, we can provide you with information and suggestions to publicize the appeal. Please contact us.

Visit Mustard Seed Academy in Uganda

Nothing is quite like ‘being there.’ Visits take a variety of forms – one size does not fit all.

If you have been sponsoring a child or supporting Real Partners Uganda in other ways, you may have an idea about what you would like to do during a trip to Uganda. Contact us so we can discuss your ideas and what the possibilities are.

From time to time, we organize a trip for a small group of volunteers with a particular project in mind. Projects that enrich the students’ experiences at school, or on field trips, are especially helpful. Music, dance, drama, photography, sports, career education, poetry, chess, and other games, have all been met with enthusiasm. Field trips to Lake Mburo National Park are a yearly tradition. Tours to Entebbe for the Wildlife Education Center (zoo) and the Airport also have been very successful. Other day trips in the area are possible as well – the Equator is only 25 minutes away.

If you have particular building skills, there may be opportunities to teach, but we are dedicated to hiring local contractors to do the construction work. Supporting workers in the community with good-paying jobs is one of our values.

Several of our sponsors have planned safaris to East Africa independently, and we have helped them to make arrangements to visit Mustard Seed. They have met their student, toured the campus and town, visited classes, and brought special treats. Sometimes such visits coincide with sports competitions, music, dance, and drama events, giving yet another dimension to the experience.

Contact us to begin the discussion. Perhaps you will be the next person to come home saying, ‘I wish every sponsor could visit Uganda and Mustard Seed!’