Ready for a new perspective on your life? Join us for a life-changing experience in Uganda. Our next trip is scheduled for February 2020. Upcoming informational sessions will be held in October. Feel free to send us an email if you are interested or have any questions. There will be a $300 nonrefundable deposit. We are limiting the number of travelers to 10.
A mission trip to Uganda is truly a life-changing experience. We fully immerse ourselves in their culture so you will see extreme poverty, living conditions that are unfathomable and likely will feel overwhelmed with the tremendous need everywhere. Sometimes you will have access to western-style toilets but sometimes you will use a latrine or even a hole in the ground. It is hot and humid in the area we work but fortunately where we spend the night cools off nicely. You will use a mosquito net to sleep under and take medication to prevent malaria. Most of the food is different from our diet. You may encounter severe injuries and illnesses, feel off schedule with the 11 hour time difference and smell some not so pleasant smells. You also will meet many people in desperate situations who hope that you can help them. Culture shock will be in full force but we guarantee that you will leave part of your heart in a country eleven time zones away and return home baffled by what you witnessed. Our hope is that you will understand that you truly made a difference in the lives of some very underprivileged people and have a whole, new perspective on your own life. The trip is a true life changer!
The total cost of your trip is between $2,500-$3,000 depending on flight prices. The cost includes your hotels, your share of the ground transportation, and entrance fees to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari boat cruise or Chimpanzee Trekking in the Kibale Forest…both absolutely amazing experiences to top off your hard and fulfilling work. Not included are some meals, personal souvenirs and items you might want to purchase to present to people in Uganda. It is essential that you visit a travel clinic within a few months of your visit to create a plan for immunizations and disease prevention. Costs can be up to a several hundred dollars for vaccines depending on insurance coverage. Parents who wish to take children should be fully aware of the conditions they will be exposed to. We will likely be taking a 24-36 hour layover in Dubai on the way to Uganda and this is also an amazing new cultural experience for most. This will add approximately $300 depending your choice of excursions.
We are limiting the number of participants to 10. You may reserve your place with a nonrefundable deposit of $300. If you follow through with your plans, the deposit will come off of your total. If your plans change, the $300 will become a donation to Project Hope: Uganda and directly benefit our orphan children. So really it’s a win, win to reserve your spot. 🙂
Before making the huge commitment of time and finances, we recommend that you talk with someone who has been to Ntandi who can help you decide whether you can be adaptable to all we encounter. All of our team members are very passionate about Uganda and happy to speak with you. We can also recommend speaking with someone that had some difficulties adjusting. We can say without a doubt that every person that has taken the trip has had a life changing experience. If you have questions, would like more information, or you’re ready to sign up, you can use the contact us page to get in touch by email, talk or text.
Some of our goals for our next mission: updating our educational games/library in orphanage home, spend time mentoring and connecting with all of our children, taking our primary children on a shopping trip and to have a meal in a restaurant, this will be the first for most of the kids. And always at the top of our list is educate, educate, educate! We will forever be committed to teaching. Health and hygiene are always extremely important and need to be revisited on a annual basis. We would also love you to teach about your area of expertise. Some ideas that would be great are cooking, building, gardening, sewing, self care, music, dance, handyman work, faith related subjects and just how to succeed in life. If you have a passion, we would love you to come along and share it with our Ugandan family!
Contact us if you’re interested in joining us or want to learn more about Project Hope Uganda.
See below for what we did on one of our previous trips and check out our blog for current updates and other past trip reports…….
In March, a group of 4 (Brenda Hudson, Kestyn Hudson, Linda Witt and Amari Hamaker) traveled to Uganda and met up with Arlo Mellish, John Williams and Craig Millar who were already there. Brenda, Kestyn, Linda and Amari had a 24 hour stay in Dubai where they got to quickly immerse themselves in the middle eastern culture. They went on a desert safari which included dune bashing, camel riding, dressing in burkas, belly dancing show and had a traditional arabian dinner in the middle of the desert. They also were able to go to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. After leaving the richest country in the world, it was a 5 hour flight to one of the poorest. Once in Uganda, they hit the ground running with the many things they wanted to accomplish.
Arlo had been there working at the new vocational home in Fort Portal for the past 8 weeks. She remained there while the rest of the team focused on the orphanange home near the Congo Border. Arlo had her hands full with our 13 kids and new leaders that had recently relocated to the vocational home. She was working hard trying to get the home furnished and organized but during her stay, testing came back the majority of our children failed their government exam. Instead of the students entering into our vocational program, we elected to re-enroll them to repeat their final year of secondary school. So they were off to a local boarding school after figuring out it was too much to have them reside in our home and transport each day. So currently we have two special needs students residing in our vocational home attending special programs at a local primary school and two boys in the vocational program.
We had a detour on our first day when we arrived to learn about a woman near the Congo who was in need of her leg being amputated. She had a boil develop a year earlier and was told by a witch doctor to not treat it or the other leg would become infected. This had resulted a horrific spread of infection that left her bedridden and her leg gangrenous and in need of a life saving amputation. See the story titled “Rachael” under the “Stories of Hope” tab to learn more about her amazing story.
While in Ntandi at the orphanage the team members got to work interviewing all of the children. We sat with them individually to learn more about their personal stories, teach about hygiene and taking care of themselves, review their school performance and assess for any concerns and/or needs including health issues. We brought a new supply of vitamins, some other medications along with 6 months worth of soap to ensure the success of our Wellness Program (see current projects). Once word gets out within the village that we are present, many people bring orphaned children asking for our help. The past two visits, this has became quite overwhelming. The need in this area is so great due to lost lives from disease, tribal clashes and lack of basic medical care. There are hundreds of thousands of children in this region that are without parents. We live by the motto, “Helping One Person Might Not Change The World But It Will Change The World For That One Person”. So we do what we can even if sometimes it means all we can do is buy their next meal.
Always a highlight of our trip is taking kids shopping which we have done for the past several years. They get to spend money from their pen pal sponsors to buy whatever they wish and majority of the time they buy essentials such as sheets, shoes, clothes, bathing buckets, dishes and even loafs of bread. The younger, primary students are taken to the local village in Ntandi to shop and then given a a small party with treats. We were able to transport the secondary students to Fort Portal to tour the vocational home where they will one day reside and we took them to a restaurant for a meal before their shopping trip at the market. For most, it was the first time they have ever been in a restaurant. We gifted each child a towel which the majority of them have never owned. They also received gift bags from their sponsors that they look forward to all year. All 80 of our children were treated with a anti parasitic medication. Another one of our favorite things to do is to just pull over alongside the road and bless people with random things like clothes, school supplies, food, waterbottles, shoes, small toys and candy.
Although days are very busy and exhausting, we took some time to enjoy beautiful Uganda and have fun. We went on a safari at Queen Elizabeth Park, trekked chimpanzees in the Kibale forest, made our usual visit to dance and interact with the very, very primitive Pgymy tribe. We even made a visit to the local circus in town where we quickly became the circus.:)
We always leave with lot of unfinished business so immediately we start working from our computers once we return. Fortunately we are able to run many of our programs from home with the help of some of our Ugandan friends. Planning is always in the works for our next trip. Establishing a library containing books and educational games in Ntandi for our primary orphanage kids is on the agenda for our next trip along with transitioning kids that are repeating secondary school back to the vocational home to begin our investment year program (see current projects). We are forever committed to teaching about health and hygiene. We also would love to bring people on our next trip to teach about gardening, simple sewing and possibly even soap making. We look forward to having another productive trip in 2018 to helping improve the lives of some of the neediest people in the world whom we love so much.
See “Stories of Hope” to read about this beautiful girl below who’s life was saved by PHU.