On this Kampala tour, we explore how Ugandans have faced the struggles of poverty by developing inspirational grassroots initiatives. This is a unique opportunity to understand the historical challenges and recent successes of Uganda’s economic growth, as well as interact with local entrepreneurs and visit the most significant Kampala landmarks.
Although over 50% of the population is considered impoverished, Uganda has made substantial economic progress in bringing people out of poverty. This is in large part due to local grassroots initiatives that promote sustainable farming, education and literacy, and entrepreneurship.
We begin our Kampala tour with a brief visit to a number of local landmarks including the Kampala Taxi Park, Nakasero Market, Constitutional Square, and Uganda parliament. From there, we drive through the busy streets of Kampala towards Eastern Uganda, passing the Mandela football stadium named after the late Nelson Mandela. On the way, we confront the tragic history of Ugandan martyrdom in which 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts were executed in the late 19th century. Known for its beautiful architecture, the Uganda Martyrs Shrine was built to commemorate their sacrifice and is a local site of prayer and worship.
From there, we will have the opportunity to visit two out of three grassroots development projects located in Kampala. A local expert will brief us on the history and significance of each initiative. The Katende Harambe Rural-Urban Training Center in Namugongo is a family-run agricultural training centre whose mission is to accelerate wealth through sustainable integrated farming practices. The Kawempe Youth Centre is an NGO that focuses on improving education and literacy among Kampala’s Youth. The Kinawataka Woman’s Initiative empowers woman in Kampala to become local entrepreneurs and open small businesses to support economic development.
Understanding the importance of grassroots development in Uganda provides a unique insight into the local culture of Kampala. When you get dropped off at your hotel, be sure to ask your local guide about other lesser-known ways to explore Uganda’s capital.