Soft Power Education is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO working with communities in Uganda to improve quality of life through education.
Soft Power Education funds and runs two pre-schools for 180 orphans and vulnerable children, often children of AIDS victims or just from desperately poor families. Buwenda and Kyabirwa pre-schools offer children a chance to be children for a few hours each day – learning the basics of being in a learning environment, developing their social skills and basic English language. The key focus of our pre-schools is that children learn through having fun!
Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) programme works with over 140 families in the Jinja district, providing quality education and therapy services for children with a range of special needs, free of charge.
Through the People & Parks programme, Soft Power Education's expert programme staff provide the tools and know-how that empower communities bordering Murchison Falls Conservation Area to design, develop and implement their own income-generating projects.
We train community members to develop and maintain sustainable and environmentally friendly projects such as bee keeping, goat rearing and tree planting. Through viable alternative livelihood options, communities can build themselves and their children a sustainable future while at the same time helping to conserve environmentally threatened habitats.
*All stats taken from the UN and the World Bank 2013
One of Soft Power’s draw cards for me was the opportunity to live in the community that they work with.
I don’t know if I would have met as many people or had as many wonderful conversations if I hadn’t been staying
amongst the very people that make the charity worthwhile.
I spent a week seeing what Soft Power did and was mightily impressed. This was not a top heavy organisation beset with red tape, jargon and over-regulation. They got stuff done and had a good time doing it.
Have just returned to the UK after two months working as a volunteer for Soft Power and it was AMAZING. You only have to speak to the teachers and children at the schools (and the local community) to understand the massive difference it has made to their lives.
Uganda is beautiful – its scenery, the people and the culture all contributed to my return (not forgetting the fantastic parties and all the great volunteers, travellers and residents that you will meet)!