Hiinga is organizing a 9-day Vision Trip from Monday, February 26 to Tuesday, March 06 to expose people firsthand to the transformative work of Microfinance, and to explore the culture and commune with the people of Uganda. The team will be in the care of Hiinga founder, Andy Agaba, who is a native of Uganda and lives in Charlotte. He and his family are members of Church at Charlotte.
Hiinga is a Christian, microfinance development organization whose mission is to invest in farmers’ economic and spiritual transformation. Our near-term vision is to serve 100,000 small scale farmers by 2022, thereby directly impacting 1 million lives in East Africa.
Since 2012, we have given over 13,000 micro loans to people in Uganda and helped them to improve agricultural yields while exposing them to the gospel. Hiinga means “to cultivate.”
Mon Feb 26 – Depart USA for Uganda through Amsterdam, Brussels or Dubai.
Tue Feb 27 – Arrive in Uganda – Lodging at Cassia Lodge where we will commute back and forth all trip days except while in the game park. http://www.cassialodge.com (or equivalent).
Wed Feb 28 – Spend time with Hiinga team in Kampala. Share your professional experiences, learn about the microfinance process flow, accountability / checks and balances for donations.
Thu Mar 01 – Visit micro entrepreneurs in Kiboga (Coordinates 0.851022, 31.637106). Meet women land farming entrepreneurs, learn about their enterprises, their savings coop, their challenges, and share your business tips. Pray with them, share the gospel and encourage them.
Fri Mar 02 – Visit entrepreneurs in Mityana – all day (Coordinates 0.290749, 32.101278). Meet chicken and livestock farmers in a different community. Learn about their enterprises, their savings coop, their challenges, and share your business tips. Pray with them and encourage them.
Sat Mar 03 – Go to Murchison Falls National Park for Safari https://paraalodge.com. This is a road trip to different part of the country to expose us to the diversity and beauty that God has bestowed on this little country.
Sun Mar 04 – Safari and one more night at Murchison Falls National Park (Para Lodge). Visit the Nile, see wild game, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, and a great chance for lions. Trek to mighty Murchison Falls after a sundown Nile river boat cruise. Debrief about the poverty and microfinance experiences during dinner.
Mon Mar 05 – Return to Kampala from Murchison Falls National Park. Spend the night at Cassia.
Tue Mar 06 – Depart Uganda and return to the USA. Souvenir shopping at Buganda Road Crafts Market in Kampala, tour of Nakasero Market and Kampala Taxi Park. Head out to the airport and depart for USA.
Note: We will make separate arrangements for those who want to stay longer and visit the mountain gorillas in Western Uganda and/or tour other parts of the country.
The cost of the trip is $2,350 per person (excluding airfare). The fees will cover your lodging and meals, visa fees, safari, travel insurance, and ground transportation. All the costs of the trip are tax-deductible (including airfare if Hiinga makes the purchase on your behalf).
Please contact me with any questions or interest:
William J. Bantz
1. Uganda is about the same size as the State of Oregon. Uganda has 40 million people compared to Oregon’s 4 million.
2. Uganda is the most hospitable country and the world’s second largest home to refugees. Last month, the UN Secretary General called it the most generous country in the world.
3. Uganda has the world’s best bananas, pineapples, mangoes, jackfruit, avocados, and many other fruits.
4. 10.2% of bird species of the world is found in Uganda. It is a good destination for bird-watchers.
5. AIDS nearly wiped out ⅓ of the population. Uganda’s president preached abstinence and faithfulness which reversed the trend and endeared the country to George W.
6. Around 50% of Uganda’s population survives on less than one dollar a day.
7. After touring Africa, English Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked, “Truly, Uganda is the Pearl of Africa” for its magnificence and beauty.
8. Uganda has the youngest population in the world. Nearly 50% is under age of 14.
9. There is a total of 750 mountain gorillas in the whole world. About 60% of those are in Uganda.
10. About 85% are “culturally” Christian. Data shows that less than 15% are “born again.”
11. The source of the Nile River is in Uganda, but don’t tell that to the Ethiopians!
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