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Witness to a Return Home: A Trip to Uganda

In northern Uganda, more than 1.8 million people have been displaced from their homes for as long as 22 years. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has worked for two years there with partner Caritas Pader, piloting a unique program that has empowered thousands of people displaced by war to return to their villages. During Witness to a Return Home: A Trip to Uganda—UUSC's first experiential learning journey to Uganda—participants will learn about UUSC's unique eye-to-eye partnership with Caritas Pader, which has helped thousands of people start rebuilding their villages and their lives after the war.

While UUSC has been working in northern Uganda, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has developed a relationship with Rev. Mark Kiyimba, leader of a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in Kampala, Uganda's capital. Kiyimba runs a 400-student school and 20-child orphanage near Masaka and has been campaigning against Uganda's draconian anti-homosexuality bill. On the second part of the trip, participants will meet with the UU Kampala congregation; talk with Ugandan leaders of the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's rights; and visit the school and orphanage the Kampala congregation supports.

On this JustJourney, you will:

  • Meet visionary leaders
  • Visit internally displaced people and resettled villages in northern Uganda
  • See UUSC's eye-to-eye partnership model at work
  • Visit important cultural sites and marvel at Uganda's wildlife diversity at Murchison Falls in Kabarega National Park

Learn more about the trip and browse a tentative itinerary (PDF)—and join us!

Location: Uganda, including Kampala, Gulu, Pader, Kabarega National Park, and Masaka

Dates: November 4-16, 2010

Participation Fee: $2,000 for early registration by September 1, 2010; thereafter, the fee is $2,500. The fee does not include airfare to and from Entebbe International Airport. UUSC will provide shuttle transportation from the airport to the guesthouse.

The participation fee includes all pre- and post-trip literature, room and board, in-country transportation, interpretation, and facilitators. Participants will stay in double rooms at moderate hotels and guesthouses. Meals are usually served family or buffet style.

Please note: Participants must arrive in Entebbe November 3 and be ready to depart for the tour the morning of November 4. There is an optional excursion to Kidepo Valley National Park November 16-19; contact Nichole Cirillo at ncirillo @ for more information.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2010 (September 1 for early registration discount)

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Last updated on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

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