Health and education
One in three people around the world do not have access to clean water. This makes it difficult for a third of the population to lead a long and healthy life. In Uganda, the water and sanitation crisis is marked by 22 million people who do not have access to clean water. Out of a population of around 43 million, this represents over half of Ugandans. Considered as the basis for development and empowerment of communities, safe water is a first step towards prosperity. Nevertheless, education and employment aid are also crucial in helping countries rise out of poverty. Thus, many projects, like those undertaken by the Fontes Foundation, usually focus on the aforementioned areas to promote development.
Fontes Foundation’s Safe Water projects in Uganda rest on the belief that clean water is a fundamental human right to improve the lives of many in the long term. Locally, five surface treatment plants have been installed to provide clean water to villages inside the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The main focus when implementing these facilities was coordination with local communities, where Fontes ensured that training and technical assistance is provided over time .
Nowadays, Fontes Foundation engages in local empowerment through youth engagement projects. Both the foundation’s Youth Centre (pictured above) and its leading Refactory tech programme are the main projects governed by Fontes to try and remedy growing unemployment amongst youth. Education is specialized and geared towards industry specific needs in the catering and IT industries respectively. In a similar direction, the Fontes Foundation promotes education through scholarships and giving their support to schools.
The head office in Kampala is composed of four full time employees who have dedicated their work to helping their own. Additionally, an intern present in Uganda helps the employees on a rolling basis. This Norwegian NGO dedicated to improving the lives of many might just be the place for you to discover a burgeoning interest in purpose-driven projects!
Possible Involvement Opportunities
Open starting March 2021
The team in Uganda is always on the lookout for a new intern as this position is available on a rolling basis. Usually, interns work for 3 to 8 months with the head office in Kampala, and are mainly involved with both education programmes governed by Fontes (its youth centre and Refactory). Interns are involved in a wide array of tasks and thus gain a broad overview of all the aspects that come with managing an NGO. They mainly assist the management team in strategic meetings, and are responsible for various tasks depending on the need, such as the monitoring & evaluation of projects, event organisation, drafting fundraising proposals, social media, proofreading, compiling fund requests or carrying out internal feedback routines for example.
In addition to getting first hand professional experience, working at the Fontes Foundation is an incredible life experience in itself! You will get to see something different from your everyday life in Switzerland and discover Western Uganda.
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For more information on the internship position, click here.
Loïc (previous intern from March to September 2020)
“Working with Fontes has provided me with deep insights relating to the management of a small-scale NGO. I particularly enjoyed the responsibilities and support given to me, and would recommend this internship to anyone wishing to dive deep into the day-to-day organization of a socially driven, sub-saharan initiative.”