The youth of this rural area face many challenges and need support to face their difficulties. Many have to drop out of school because of a lack of school fees and there is very little to occupy or challenge them. AVS is working with youth groups. We have increasingly been helping the unemployed youth to find a purpose and enhance their skills and experience. This includes supporting them in small income generating projects such as maize grinding machines, piggery projects, not forgetting Home of Talent our music and dancing groups which travels widely entertaining at wedding and graduation parties as well as making CDs.

Simply providing funds for youth projects rarely works effectively because many young people need help in understanding how to participate. They need information alongside practical support delivered, for instance, through a literacy development programme which can empower them, giving them confidence in their abilities for the first time. Our library and internet café facilities have provided the environment to be able to work and access the wider world. 

Music and Dance 
For over six years we have supported a local music, dance and drama group. This group, Home of Talent, are now nationally known, have produced videos and DVD's and have performed at many prestigious occasions. The benefits of being offered music as part of the daytime curriculum is being more and more squeezed in Uganda schools. The Home of Talent group meet at our Community Centre led by two local primary school teachers who are skilled musicians committed to developing a rich musical experience for a wide range of participants. The group learn the skills which can be acquired through a musical education and experience the joys of performance. 

Throughout the year we run sports programmes. They include soccer tournaments attended by up to 700 youths under the age of 16. Part of the sports programme is for the coach to provide education on topics like health, sanitation, conflict resolution and anger management. 

Contact AVS

Phone: +44 (0)7825 650127

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Post: Marie Cates
1 Cockpit Cottages, Cockpit Road
Great Kingshill
Bucks HP15 6ER

African Village Support is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registration number 1164318.


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