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Join American Jewish World Service on an inspiring journey to Uganda, a land of unspoiled natural beauty and complex human rights challenges. Known as the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda is home to incredible wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures and courageous activists working to overcome some of the country’s most pressing challenges.
The people of Uganda are rebounding from armed conflict in the north and years of political and social struggles; yet poverty, prejudice and injustice prevent many of its citizens from fully realizing their human rights. Through intimate interactions with local leaders, journalists and intellectuals, you will discover a side of Uganda unseen by tourists and learn about AJWS’s work to promote the rights of its people.
As we travel from the capital of Kampala to the rural countryside of Hoima, we will visit activists working to improve the lives of Ugandan women and girls; hear from human rights defenders fighting discrimination and other abuses against LGBT people; and speak with civil society groups helping communities protect the land and waterways upon which they depend for survival. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain an insider’s view of this complex, beautiful country!
Meet with AJWS grantees like Kwataniza Women Farmers Group (KWG), which is empowering rural women so that they are able to make decisions about ancestral land that has been in their families for generations.
Hear from activists like Nicholas Opiyo, a leading human rights lawyer and founder of AJWS grantee Chapter Four Uganda, who successfully challenged Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2013.
Spend an afternoon with chimpanzees at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary—one of the only wildlife refuges in the world where you can have an up-close and personal encounter with these amazing animals with whom we share 98.4% of our DNA.
Trip Cost (excluding international airfare)
Dates: February 26 – March 5, 2017
Cost: $5,925 based on double occupancy ($1,000 single supplement)
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Optional Extension*
Dates: March 5–8, 2017
Cost: $2,860 based on double occupancy ($665 single supplement)
*To reserve your spot on the extension, please contact Leslie Overton from Absolute Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-627-1950.