Visit Ethiopia or Uganda with CLWR in 2016

Global Encounter 2016: January 16-30

Our biannual Global Encounters take Canadian Lutherans like you to the communities of people you support through CLWR. These unique trips are tailored as an educational experience for a small and flexible group of travellers.

We’re inviting people to register for our 2016 Global Encounters. There will be two separate trips (see below). Those needing more information or interested in registering should contact Tom Brook, CLWR’s Community Relations Director, at tbrook@clwr.mb.ca or 1.800.661.2597.

Ethiopia: Food Security

Water in the form of an irrigation system fights hunger for the Eyasu family. “Before we were livestock people,” Mohammed says, “but now we have learned how to grow food.”

Water in the form of an irrigation system fights hunger for the Eyasu family. “Before we were livestock people,” Mohammed says, “but now we have learned how to grow food.”  Photo: CFGB/A.Thorsteinsson 

Travellers will leave Canada on January 16 and land in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. From there, the group will travel to Hetosa, Lalibela, and Afar to visit people benefitting from projects that fight hunger and build skills in agricultural production.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit medieval rock-hewn churchesin Lalibela, Ethiopia, during Epiphany. This UNESCO heritage site consists of 11 cave churches, a “New Jerusalem” constructed in the thirteenth century that is still a place of pilgrimage and devotion.

This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit people your donations support, experience Ethiopian culture and history, and learn about food security and international development.

Important notes on mobility and transportation: Participants must be able to walk up to one kilometre at a time over uneven terrain. Some in-country travel may be by small aircraft.

Cost: Approximately $5,000 per person (an exact number will be available in the coming weeks). Cost includes domestic and international airfare, accommodations, all meals, ground transportation in Ethiopia and admission fees to parks or national sites.

An initial deposit of $1,500 is required by September 18, and payment in full must be received 30 days before departure.

Uganda: Refugee settlements 

Amach, 13, is a young South Sudanese Refugee coming from Bor. She came to the camp as an unaccompanied minor (without her parents or adult relatives). CLWR partner the Lutheran World Federation built her a house, and provides her with school materials and cash. LWF/M.Renaux

Amach, 13, is a young South Sudanese Refugee coming from Bor. She came to the camp as an unaccompanied minor (without her parents or adult relatives). CLWR partner the Lutheran World Federation built her a house, and provides her with school materials and cash. LWF/M.Renaux

The Uganda trip is limited to 10 people. Travellers will leave Canada on January 16 and land in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. From there, the group will travel to northern Uganda to the Adjumani refugee settlements, where over 100,000 people have found refuge from conflict in South Sudan.

Participants will meet people hosted in the settlements and learn more about delivering aid there – including food, water, sanitation, shelter (pictured), basic household items and livelihood training.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit one of Uganda’s national parks, home to great apes and other wildlife. (The particular park has yet to be confirmed.)

This is a valuable opportunity not usually open to the general public to learn more about what refugees experience in camps and settlements, and to experience Ugandan culture and the country’s rich natural environment.

The trip will end in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you will meet up with the Ethiopia Global Encounter group.

Important notes on mobility and transportation: Participants must be able to walk up to one kilometre at a time over uneven terrain. Some in-country travel may be by small aircraft.

Cost: $6,000 per person. Cost includes domestic and international airfare, accommodations, all meals, ground transportation in Uganda and admission fees to parks or national sites.

An initial deposit of $1,500 is required by September 18, and payment in full must be received 30 days before departure.

Photo: LWF/M.Renaux

http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/visit-our-program-communities.cfm#geethiopiaanduganda

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