Dorset County Scouts Council

OVC centre in Buwenda, Uganda

The building of a training centre for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)with a brick machine bought by the British Scout Group. Longer term, the machine will ensure sustainability of the centre by selling bricks and helping to create local homes.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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In the summer of 2010, we are undertaking an expedition to Uganda involving more than 30 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders from the local area. These are mostly Scouts and Explorers based at Winton Methodist Church or the Iford scout HQ. The purpose of the project is to involve our Scouts in youth work with Ugandan children, camping with and working in close conjunction with the Ugandan Scout Association and working on local development projects. Our main task is planned to be helping with providing a vocational training centre near the camp site. It will help street children (many children have been orphaned by wars in the north and HIV) to gain skills in building and allied trades, which they can use for their own livelihood, but also take back to their communities for the benefit of others. It is also our intention to leave all our camping equipment behind for the benefit of other Scouts in the future. A major contribution towards this will be the purchase of a ‘Stabilised Compressed Earth Block Machine’ which uses basic materials (virtually rough soil) and a very small quantity of cement (5%) to create strong interlocking blocks. The machine and other development initiatives will cost about £25,000. However, as well as using it to create the blocks for the centre itself, the trainees will then be able to use it to provide blocks for other community initiative and homes – a true investment in their future in both skills and provision. The centre will also require all the usual services that we rely on our utility companies to provide here in the UK. Uganda, of course, has a much less developed utility network than the UK, so power is generally provided by generators. Similarly, although water is plentiful in the nearby Nile, it requires local cleansing as water is not piped to homes in the way that we enjoy it. For this reason, we shall have the added cost of water purification, or provision of a safe well head for the users of the centre.0 The Scout Movement is a worldwide youth movement, founded in the UK in 1907. 101 years later there are over 30 million members worldwide. This project enables scouts from Bournemouth to help scouts in Uganda to create a sustainable resource for their local community. It also offers trmendous development opportunities for our own young people.The whole project will cost £100,000. The brick machine will cost £25k.

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