If you would like to join us for one of the upcoming trips to the CarePoints, please let us know! We are happy to answer any of your questions about how the trips are facilitated, what we will be doing while in country, as well as costs etc. If you would like more info please fill out the form below or contact us directly.
January 4-19, 2017
We travel with medium sized teams (6-15 people) to Uganda no less than twice a year to visit our CarePoints and our children. The trips are usually about 2 weeks in length including travel, and the costs (including airline tickets, travel, accommodation and food) usually totals around $2,500-$3,000.
We have folks from all over the world join us; sponsors and non-sponsors alike are welcome. We firmly believe that people need the opportunity to see and experience the impact of child sponsorship. And it is the highlight of the child’s life to meet their sponsor!
One of the questions we are often asked is whether spending the $2,500 is a good investment, or if it is better spent as a donation to the kids. What we have learned over the years is that when sponsors are afforded the opportunity to travel to this region, and see with their own eyes both the needs that exist and the hope that is being provided through their sponsorship… the long term impact (to both the sponsor and the kids) is far greater than if the money had simply been donated. The children absolutely long to meet their sponsors, and the impact to the kids lives is immense when they have the opportunity to meet you, hug you, and get to know you.
After two days of gruelling travel, we drive up from the city of Kampala to the Teso region of Uganda. This region was hard hit by the 30 year long civil war between the LRA forces and the Ugandan government. We typically spend 3-4 days at each of the CarePoints. Much of the day is spent simply being with and playing with the kids. In addition, we conduct home visits throughout the day where you will be able to visit your child’s home and meet with their caregivers. The days are long and full of hard work, but absolutely worth it and so full of joy!
Yes. Relationships! Many mission trips consist of “constructing” something or some form of manual labor such as painting a church building. We, however, believe that there are plenty of Ugandans that would like nothing more than to be afforded the opportunity to work and feed their families by doing these jobs. All of the ongoing and special project labor and construction needs at our CarePoints are handled by local Ugandans and facilitated by our local Ugandan staff. So, although we will not be constructing anything, we will most certainly spend most of our time building the most important thing of all…relationships.
Despite decades of war, Uganda is a very peaceful country at this time. HopeChest has teams in Uganda almost every month of the year, and all teams are well cared for. Our accommodations are clean (with some but not all of the comforts of the US) and we have security guards at the compound that we stay at in Soroti. I have travelled to Uganda a dozen times and have never felt unsafe. My 7 year old accompanied us last year and will be joining us again this year.
If you would like to learn more about joining one of our teams travelling to Uganda, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We would love to have you along.