Mmanze community is located 20 miles from the capital city of Kampala. The area is typical of rural area’s in Uganda with families largely getting by on subsistence farming. It lies within the former famous Luwero Triangle, where the 1981 to 1986 bush war was centred resulting in many fatalities and virtually destroying all the social infra structures in the region. It was in this environment in 1987 that Macerudet (Mmanze Centre For Rural Development And Training ) was founded, with survivors organizing themselves on a self help basis to create this community based organization. The main aim of Macrudet was, and more than twenty years later still is, to contribute towards the rehabilitation, reconstruction and development of the area through self help initiatives. During the past twenty years Macerudet has worked with the local community to found and develop projects that promote education, health care and economic development.
The organisation also runs a basic hostel which generates an income to support its activities, a community garden and a conference centre where community activities can be carried out.

Current projects:

  • Holy Cross Namutenga Community Orphanage Primary School: This is not an orphanage as the name suggests, but an educational facility for vulnerable children living in the community (many of whom have been orphaned). There are 120 pupils attending this kindergarden, day care centre and primary school aged from four to twelve years old.
  • Mmanze Community Secondary School: The older children in the community attend this school which covers Years 1 to 6. The school is both day and boarding and has 600 student attending daily.
  • Busaawa Mmanze Health Centre provides basic medical services to the community.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Positions at the schools: Volunteers should have relevant experience in teaching and a time commitment of 6 months

  • Assistant teacher
  • One-on-one support with reading/writing
  • Arts, crafts and extracurricular activities at the primary school

Positions with the community gardens. A minimum of three months needed.

  • Training community members on organic farming techniques


  • Volunteers stay at the hostel recently constructed by the project (on the same grounds as their training facility and conference centre). Accommodation is basic, but it is spacious and in the heart of the community
    Single, twin and dorm rooms available
  • Food provided for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, with fruit and vegetables provided by the on-site garden
  • Water available (harvested from collected rain water)
  • Electricity is solar power and suplimented by a generator
  • Use of computers at local school available, although internet connection is not available.

Cost: 254 Euro per month, including all meals. TEV members receive a 20% discount on the price.

Getting Around:

The hostel is within the community (with some activities carried out on-site), and so everywhere can be reached by foot.

Getting There:

Volunteers will be collected from Entebbe airport (no cost), < 30 min drive from the project

Contact Macerudet

Phone number: +256 752 827931
Skype ID: mulindwa.william

A volunteer with staff at Busaawa Mmanze Health Centre

Macerudet clinic

Holy Cross Namutenga Community Orphanage Primary School

Children receive lunch at school

Children receive lunch at school

Dorm rooms under construction at Mmanze Community Secondary School

Dorm rooms under construction at school