1. Macedonian Children’s Outreach Project (MCOP)

    Children's choir singing, smiling and with arms raisedThe project funds local children of Masese to go to school who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.

    The project tries to support one child from different families with at least two thirds of their school fees. The project encourages families to maintain contact and interest in the education of their child by paying one third of the school fees when possible.





    It also gives the children breakfast on centre days held during the school holidays and they attend PSHE and bible study classes.





    As the children progress through the school system, the financial commitment from MCOP increases as the secondary fees are more than that of primary school fees.







    Whereas other projects in MVA are looking to be self-sustaining, this project relies solely on donations. You can make a donation stating it is for MCOP, or you can sponsor a child.

  2. Macedonian Vocational Institute (MVI)

    tailoring group smiling


    The Macedonian Vocational Institute has been running since 2012 but officially registered in 2016. The first cohort of women graduated from the tailoring course in May 2014 but as an officially registered Vocational Institute the first ‘official’ cohort graduated in 2017.








    MVI also runs programmes in Cosmetology and Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Building and Construction Practice and Electrical Installation. These courses are taught to DIT level (Directorate of Industrial Training) and UBTEB level (Uganda business technical examination board).


  3. Macedonian Africa Youth Initiative (MAYI)

    Group of girls, happy and waving at the camera.Started by Nabwire Christine early in 2013, this has grown from a small group of girls – Ladies of Virtue, meeting once a week to talk about sexual and social health, to a much larger group drawn from the local community to study tailoring or hairdressing in the vocational school. This group is now led by Ajambo Betty and mainly consists of young single mothers. As well as learning vocational skills, they meet to talk about self-esteem, their place in society, pressures they face and sexual issues.

    One of the issues they face is the fact that most of the girls in Masese slum cannot afford disposable sanitary towels. As a result they revert to other means such as using rags. This restricts their movement, is less hygienic and often impacts on their attendance at school. In 2014, a team of women with Macedonian Vision Africa (UK) taught Nabwire Christine, Ajambo Betty and MAYI how to make washable sanitary towels. This has transformed the lives of many of the girls who are share this skill with other girls in Masese. Click here to find out more about sanitary towel workshops in Uganda and in the UK.

    Sanitary towel teaching (5)

    Learning a vocational skill is invaluable for the young mothers and enables them to earn some money to support their family.


    Read the latest report from MAYI here.