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AVA Stands for African Volunteers Association.

Yes, The African Volunteers Association (AVA) is a non-profit making civil society organisation which was registered in Uganda in 2001 as a private company limited by guarantee without capital share. 

The beginning of AVA is rooted in an International Conference which was
organised at Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Nkozi, Uganda, from 7–10 September 1998 under the theme of eradicating poverty. 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 using all possible means, organs and approaches, including NGOs,
cooperatives, religious organisations and the grass-roots communities. In 1999, a National
Workshop was held at UMU, 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. Since then, AVA has found it important to refocus its objectives to be promotion of social and environmental justice. 

AVA has brought on board the achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include addressing unemployment, promoting food security, gender and youth issues. We have found it necessary to clarify that being a volunteer does not 2 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 we are also enriched. In fact, for AVA, volunteers are asked to contribute towards the sustenance of AVA’s activities.

(1) Main office is at Businge, Kamwenge-Fort Portal Road, P. O. Box 1503 Kamwenge,
Kamwenge District
(2) Registered address: P. O. Box 1464, Mbarara
(3) Field office: Kyabalongo, Butoole, Kikuube District
(4) Contact address: Kagongo, Ibanda Municipality, Ibanda District
(5) Telephone: +256772696032 and +256772639453
(6) Email:
(7) Website:


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