The African Volunteers Association (AVA) is a non-profit making organisation which was registered in Uganda in 2001 as a company limited by guarantee without share capital.
The African Volunteers Association (AVA) is a non-profit making organisation which was registered in Uganda in 2001 as a private company limited by guarantee without capital share. The beginning AVA is rooted in an International Conference which was organised under the heading: “The Challenge of Eradicating Poverty in the World: An African Response”, at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda, from 7–10 September 1998. At the end of that Conference, it was resolved, that since poverty is multifaceted and multidimensional, its eradication requires full partnership with those who are disadvantaged, the marginalised, and the poor, using all possible means, organs and approaches, including NGOs, cooperatives, religious organisations and the grass-roots communities. The participants had advocated a new type of education to empower people from the start to be committed to poverty eradication in their own lives and in the lives of their families as a starting point. In 1999, a National Workshop was held at Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Nkozi, and a decision was taken to form the African Volunteers Association (AVA)
which was later registered in 2001 to put in place means of starting projects and institutions to facilitate sharing of material, personal and knowledge necessary for prosperity creation.
With time, AVA has found it necessary to revisit the concept of the “poor” to avoid creating the impression that there is a permanent class of people called the “poor”. Furthermore, AVA has found it important to refocus its objectives to include environmental justice, and to bring on board the concern for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to address unemployment, promoting food security, gender and youth issues. We have found it necessary to clarify that being a volunteer does not just mean working for nothing: it is a serious ethical commitment to be in solidarity with other people, convinced that by sharing what we are and have are also enriched.
The aim of AVA is to foster social and environmental justice using volunteers resources.