November 27 – December 11, 2016 Africa Trip
Sunday, November 27th Depart
Monday, November 28th – Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda
- Receive transport to Amaris Hotel and go to bed (www.amarishotel.rw)
Tuesday, November 29th
- Breakfast at Amaris
- Genocide Memorial (www.kgm.rw)
- Visit Cows for Peace Project
- 100 Cow Campaign – In 1994, millions of Rwandans were displaced in an effort to escape the violence that led to the unprecedented massacre of approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Rwandan genocide caused significant rifts in communal relationships between people that were previously friends, neighbors, and family. Cows for Peace (CFP) seeks to foster reconciled relationships between genocide survivors and their direct perpetrators through cooperative cow-raising. Pipeline Worldwide is expecting to donate 100 cows that will be followed with a 10-month study by Wheaton College. This study will evaluate the outcomes of Cows for Peace for 200 survivor-perpetrator pairs.
- Dinner at Zen
Wednesday, November 30th
- Breakfast at Amaris
- Shop for Pygmy home supplies and community outreach project (rice and beans for all families in the village)
- Pygmy Home and Community Empowerment Project – The project in Mugina sector, Kamonyi district, Rwanda aims to construct a house for a Batwa family and provide basic household equipment and furniture. This is done in partnership with CARSA (Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance). CARSA has been working in Mugina sector for several years providing trauma healing and a reconciliation program. The Batwa are considered to be the indigenous inhabitants of Rwanda and make up only 0.4 % of Rwanda’s population. For many decades they have formed an isolated and marginalized group in the Rwandan society. Their social, economic and political integration is extremely limited. In addition to high poverty, the Batwa also face discrimination and struggle with the consequences of their low social status. This makes it difficult for them to get access to education, health care, employment, housing, and land. In order to overcome the isolation of this specific Batwa community in Mugina and offer a way out of poverty, CARSA has been collaborating with government officials and now a plot of land has been provided for them. The Batwa home, when completed, will contribute to poverty reduction of the mentioned Batwa community and will assist the process of overcoming their isolation from the Rwandan society.
- Deliver pygmy home supplies and do house dedication / do community outreach project – rice and beans to each pygmy family and pass out dresses to girls and shorts for boys
- 4:00 Tour Bridge 2 Rwanda
- 6:00 Dinner with students from Bridge 2 Rwanda (Location TBD)
Thursday, December 1st
- 4:30 AM departure
- Gorilla Trekking (http://www.volcanoesnationalparkrwanda.com/)
- Dinner at Italian restaurant
Friday, December 2nd
- Depart to Entebbe at 10:30 AM and arrive at 12:30 PM
- Drive to Kampala and check in at Adonai House (http://www.adonaiguesthouses.com/)
- Visit Thread of Life in Katanga Slum – Deliver aprons, dresses and shorts
- Dinner with Mercy and Ben from Thread of Life and Come Let’s Dance (Location TBD)
Saturday, December 3rd
- Breakfast at Adonai (Have Watoto boys for the day.)
- Visit Bless a Child Foundation – serve food, play with kids, soccer game
- “Smile Again” party at the hospital along with WBC Cares Boxing project
- Dinner with Brian from Bless a Child Foundation and Joseph and Celestino from E3 Africa (Location TBD)
- Experience Kampala Night Life
Sunday, December 4th
- Church at Watoto, Kampala
- Double Portion Farm – visit students from E3 Africa and Sewing Hope Foundation
- Wakiso Christian International Academy – computer lab dedication
- Wakiso Christian International Academy Computer Lab – WCIA is an international school in Uganda aimed to provide exceptional education with quality teachers and important, available resources. In 2014, the school expanded its vision to offer secondary education which now proudly offers classes from preschool through high school graduation. WCIA actively participates in community outreach. This includes a medical clinic that is open to the community, hosting of community group meetings, and English and financial classes are taught in the evenings to interested participants.
Pipeline Worldwide will help fund a computer lab that will serve the students, staff and community.
- Drive to African Hospitality Institute – late dinner and spend the night (www.ahi-ug.org)
Monday, December 5th
- Breakfast at African Hospitality Institute
- Visit Cornerstone Leadership Academy – borehole dedication
- African Hospitality Institute and Cornerstone Leadership Development Institute Borehole Project – African Hospitality Institute is a 2 year hand’s on vocational training program for the hospitality industry. With over 80% unemployment, AHI graduates are finding employment at 5-star hotels and safari lodges throughout Uganda. The guesthouse also serves as a destination for international volunteers, and students at the training center get to put their newly acquired skills to practice.
Cornerstone Development is located next to the African Hospitality Institute at Ekitangala Ranch in the Nakasongola District in Uganda. Their core focus is on developing the cornerstones of Africa’s next generation. That is, to raise up future leaders with a shared vision of positively transforming their communities and nations – as an outgrowth of their own personal transformation. Their approach involves creating loving, family-like environments in their school and other programs for under-privileged young people – while empowering them with education and character formation in order for them to become leaders.
Furthermore, the young people coming through their programs are forming a movement that seeks to make a contribution to the betterment of society while promoting reconciliation across all that is dividing humanity. They as a community are a living model of this kind of unity in diversity – in that they are composed of all the different tribes, nationalities, political groupings, cultures and religious backgrounds found in their part of the world. Because, it is these divisions that are behind all the wars and conflicts that have torn Africa apart for years.
Providing a borehole (well for clean drinking water) will help the operation and growth of both organizations.
- Depart for Gulu, Uganda – Dinner at Sankofa
- Stay at Bomah
Tuesday, December 6th
- Meet Sister Rosemary, Tour St. Monica’s
- Go to Atiak, Uganda (Sister Rosemary’s second campus)
- Dinner at St. Monica’s café
Wednesday, December 7th
- Visit Krochet Kids (www.krochetkids.org)
- Depart for Safari Lodge (http://www.paraalodge.com/)
- Evening Game Drive
Thursday, December 8th
- Morning Boat Ride
- Hike Murchison Falls
- Nile Fishing Excursion (Optional)
Friday, December 9th
- Depart for Entebbe
- Depart for home
Below is a sample letter you can personalize to ask for support and donations from family and friends. Make it personal and share your excitement!
Dear Friends and Family,
I have been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Rwanda and Uganda this summer with Pipeline Worldwide. Pipeline Worldwide is a nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, that strives to connect people in need with worthy projects in East Africa. Current projects include drilling wells for communities that have never had access to clean drinking water, construction of dorms and schools, agriculture, education and medical-related activities.
During my travels, I will be working on the following projects:
- Purchasing and delivering household items for 15 women in the Katanga Slum.
- Participating in a water well dedication in a village that has never had access to clean drinking water.
- Purchasing and delivering food for Lacor Hospital Cancer Ward patients in Gulu, Uganda
I am excited about traveling to Africa and helping people. These experiences will help me gain valuable world perspective before I leave for the University of Arizona in the fall. I would greatly appreciate any donation that you might be willing to make to this trip, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with each of you when I return.
You can make a tax deductible donation directly towards my trip by going to this link _________ or mail a check to:
PO Box 22236
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Be sure to write “Barrett’s Trip” in the memo.
What to pack?
- Depending on the airline, each person is allowed two to three 50 lb. suitcases. One of those suitcases will be for personal use, and the remaining suitcases will be used to transport goods and supplies to our partners.
- You are allowed one carryon item which should be a backpack and include: one extra outfit, medication, a few toiletries in case luggage is delayed, and important documents (passport, visa, eTicket, trip itinerary, medical evacuation insurance card, declaration card information). Neck pillow and head phones are also nice to have for the long flights.
- Laundry services are provided at the guesthouses so no need to overpack. See below for suggested packing list.
- We will provide a list of needs for our partners prior to each trip. This list can include soccer balls, jerseys, dental supplies, school supplies… You can determine if you want to help acquire these items prior to trip or we will just have you help transport them.
- One extra outfit
- Any medication you’ll need (malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, sleep aid, antibiotic)
- Neck pillow
- Any travel size toiletries you’ll need – toothpaste, toothbrush
- Sweatshirt, socks (It’s cold on the airplane)
- Passport, eTicket, Humanitarian Travel document, Yellow Fever vaccination record, declaration card document, medical evacuation insurance card, Visa, and copy of Trip Itinerary
- Spending money – bills newer than 2010
- International power adaptor and converter
- Tennis shoes or hiking boots
- House shoes (flip flops)
- Toiletries – hand sanitizer, toilet paper or wipes, sunscreen, insect repellent, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, malaria medication, deodorant
- Medication – please bring any medication you take. There are pharmacies in the cities, but they are not regulated the same way they are in the US
- Bring extra contact lenses and supplies
- Men – cargo pants, cargo shorts, hat, t-shirts, and one nice shirt
- Women – cargo or light linen pants, long skirts, hat, t-shirts, and one nice outfit
- Sweatshirt (May want to have in backpack)
- Power converter and international adaptor (May want to have in backpack)
- Long sleeve shirt and gloves for gorilla trekking
- Nonperishable snacks like granola bars and trail mix
- Swimsuit (For safari lodge)
- Small, compact umbrella
- Lightweight rain jacket
- Alarm clock
- Pay travel invoice
- Finish all shots
- Send copy of passport to Pipeline Worldwide
- Sign waiver and send copy to Pipeline Worldwide
- Print copy of travel itinerary and bring copy with you
- Print copy of eTicket for all flights and bring copy with you
- Print instructions for declaration card and bring copy with you
- Print copy of Medical Evacuation Insurance card
- Submit application for East African Tourist Visa
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program https://step.state.gov/step/
- Create travel tags for each bag
- Know cellular plan and understand your usage
- Trip cost is $3,000 plus airfare with a group of 10 or more. Includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, safari or gorilla trekking, tips, Wi-Fi, insurance, visas…) Costs are subject to change if travel expenses increase.
- Trip cost is $3,500 plus airfare with group 6-8. (Need a minimum of 6 travelers) Includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, safari or gorilla trekking, tips, Wi-Fi, insurance, visas…) Costs are subject to change if travel expenses increase.
- Excludes – shots, medications, spending money, alcoholic beverages, meals at airport, laundry services and optional short excursion lodging/meals on the end of the trip like Paris, London, Brussels…
- Airfare is due at the time of booking. This is typically 60 – 90 days prior to trip. Airfare is typically refundable excluding airline cancellation fees, however it is your responsibility to understand terms and conditions at time of booking.
- A $500 nonrefundable trip deposit is due 45 days prior to trip departure. Trip invoices (which includes the balance of the aforementioned expenses) are due one week before departure.
Shots / Medication
- worldtravelheath.net can provide all the shots but they do not work with insurance. If you go to this website and click on the country you are visiting, it will list the recommended vaccinations
- We have a Phoenix physician who works with insurance and has all necessary shots for trip, http://www.sobelfamilymedicine.com/
- Here’s one more organization that offers immunizations for international travel – http://www.passporthealthusa.com/
- Be sure to get prescriptions for malaria as well as a travelers’ diarrhea (just in case)
- We stay at hotels and guesthouses that have security, power and water. Contact information for all lodging will be provided prior to trip departure.
- Please turn off the lights and power down all electronical devices when you leave your room. The countries we are visiting lack electrical power and also experience power surges. It is common to experience power outages but our accommodations have backup generators. If you plan to use a laptop computer or other electronic devices, you will want to bring a power converter and appropriate adaptors.
- Once again, security is provided at lodging. Our Ugandan staff member meets us at the airport and accompanies us the entire trip including both countries. We also employ the best driver and bus for transportation throughout the trip.
- Pipeline Worldwide requires each traveler to purchase medical evacuation insurance. We will purchase this policy for each team member and a copy of the policy will be provided to you. It is your responsibility to read the policy and understand the coverage. If you are interested in further coverage it will be your responsibility to acquire the policy.
- Pipeline has a cell phone that can be used by team members. This number will be provided to family members prior to the trip and team members will have access to use it at any time. You will be responsible for looking into your own cell phone plan if you want to have your own service.
- Most of the lodging has internet access in the lobbies, but this service is not guaranteed. Pipeline has a mobile hotspot that you will be able to access. Please note that the networks are not reliable so do not count on having access.
- We recommend downloading WhatsApp to your mobile phone. It is a free app that allows team members to communicate with each other and family back home. Please note that we will need to have internet access in order to use this app.
- All meals are included in the package. There is plenty to eat and the food is great. Most of the time the food is served as a buffet or you order off a menu. This allows you to select what you want to try or meet the needs of any dietary restrictions.
- Many travelers bring a few nonperishable snacks such granola bars and tail mix to snack on during the bus ride. On most days we eat a large breakfast and then do not stop for lunch. We go out to eat for a nice dinner. We make stops at local convenient stores if we need to get more snacks.
- We provide and drink plenty of bottled water during the trip.
- We exchange money once in the country. In Uganda the currency is shillings and in Rwanda it is francs.
- Please bring crisp bills that are 2010 or newer
- Larger bills have better exchange rates
- We can exchange back to dollars for any shillings or francs that have not been used before returning home.
- If we are traveling to Rwanda first, please apply for East African Tourist Visa at https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203
- If we are traveling to Uganda first, please apply for East African Tourist Visa at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
- Always ask for permission before taking a photograph of a person. Photographing military or police officers is not permitted.
- Do not give money or gifts without permission. Although not intended, giving a child something valuable can put their safety at risk. We determine the needs of the organizations and villages we support through our trusted, local partners. They will help us determine what should be donated and when is the appropriate time.
- During dedication ceremonies, please accept the gifts that are offered. This is a sign of gratitude and respect. Don’t be surprised if that gift is a live chicken or goat.
- Uganda – Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees (84 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit). The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August.
- Rwanda – Rwanda boasts an agreeable tropical climate that’s not too hot or too cold. Though it’s located just south of the equator, the country’s high altitude helps keep temperatures moderate throughout the year. The country’s weather and climate are also characterized by frequent showers during the better part of the year and about 40 inches of annual rainfall on average. It’s especially rainy in the northeastern corner of the country, steeped in the rainforest. Average daytime temperatures in Rwanda hover around 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the lower mountains, and a much cooler 55 degrees Fahrenheit along the higher mountains, while nighttime temperatures average in the 60s.
- In Rwanda, there are two rainy seasons, the first from January to April and the second from October to mid-December. In between the two rainy seasons is a short dry season characterized mostly by sunshine and some light clouds. Even during the dry season, there is occasional light rainfall in Rwanda. This plentiful rain supply in spite of Rwanda’s short distance from the equator is due to its high altitude.
- Pipeline wants to provide you with a life changing experience. There is no expectation of raising money or supporting any specific project. We do however ask that you come with an open mind, bring a lot of patience, and respect our partners and their culture. Not only are you representing Pipeline Worldwide, but you are also representing Americans.
- The drinking age in Rwanda and Uganda is 18. Anyone under 18 will not be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. For those that are legal we ask that you drink in moderation.
When You Return Home
- We encourage you to allow yourself some time to reflect on your experience. If you feel compelled to get more involved with Pipeline Worldwide or a specific project, please contact us. We will help coordinate your interest and turn it into action.
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
- Left to Tell: Discovering God Admidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiz
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
- Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? By Jim Ziolkowski
- All That is Bitter Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd
- Three Cups of Tea: by Greg Mortenson
- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World by Tracy Kidder
- Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
- Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
- Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
- Sewing Hope by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson (Also a 60 minute movie found on Netflix)
- How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
- Shooting Dogs or Beyond the Gates is a film about the Rwandan Genocide
- Unforgiven is a film about the Rwandan Genocide