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Our next service trips to Uganda:
10 days – Oct 25th – Nov 4th, 2018
—TEAM IS FULL—

10 days – July 5th – 16th, 2019
—PLACES STILL OPEN—

 

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Applications close Feb 28, 2019

Followings Foundation (ABN: 88 624 662 004) is a registered charity of Australia and all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

 

Here’s some important information to read before you apply

DOES IT COST MONEY TO BE ON THE TRIP?

Great question! and the answer in nutshell is NOPE… but you do have to fundraise $6,500 Australian Dollars – trust us, you can do that!
Minimum fundraising per person: AUD$6,500
Our combined fundraising will cover the cost of the new learning centre in Busubi, and your flights, in-country transfers, food & accomodation.

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN THE TEAM 

A completed application form & AUD$500 donation to secure your place.
You will need to make the initial AUD$500 donation within a week of your application being accepted! You can either fundraise in advance or kindly donate out of your own pocket – completely up to you! Please be aware that this initial donation is non-refundable but is tax deductible (you will be issued a receipt upon payment).

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FUNDRAISING?

Each Followings team member must raise a minimum amount of AUD$6,500.00 to participate in the trip to Uganda. If you do not reach this target, you won’t be with us! Fundraising is a great way to engage with your community and the methods of doing so are huge: Pot lucks, bake sales, movie nights, trivia nights, auctions, raffles – there are great fits for every one…

WE KNOW IT CAN BE DAUNTING TO RAISE MONEY…..

And that’s why we’re here to help! For 12 weeks leading up to our trip, we’ll meet via online video conference 8 times (most likely on a Saturday depending on timezones) to support you in your fundraising quest! You’re not doing this alone, we promise! You’ll also get to know your entire team before we land – so we can get straight to work upon arrival in Uganda!

AGE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum age to participate 18 years old, although you can be accompanied by an adult* if you are under the age of 18.
There are no age restrictions for over 18’s. It is up to the individual!

WHERE WILL WE STAY IN UGANDA AND WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL WE EAT?

There’s no better way to experience life in rural Uganda than to live in a village with a local family! We’ll have comfortable beds in secure houses with mosquito nets and warm blankets. We’ll devour 3 square meals a day full of vegetables, rice, potatoes, and chicken… and don’t forget the chapati, delicious Ugandan circles of bread, and all the fresh fruit.

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A report from our May 2018 trip – Carla Bellomarino

Hey legends! Thanks for making the great move in donating to local NGO Followings earlier this year to support the town of Busubi in rural Uganda. Here’s a small insight into what I got up to from a journal entry I made while I was in Africa… The applause was like thunder. They clapped and cheered and stamped …

Our November 2017 trip! Written by Ross Hitt.

A report on my first visit to Busubi SOME CONTEXT Rural Uganda. Children play soccer with plastic bags. Girls fetch water instead of going to school. Domestic violence runs rife. A hub is needed. A place where people of all ages can find resources, education and support. But there’s a problem: Building a centre costs money, …


OUR STORY

LAUREN EXTON

Founder of Followings. Lover of human interaction. Prime-time television & radio producer by trade. Born & raised in Australia, she can currently be found entertaining families in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the past 3 years, Lauren has been involved in multiple development projects in Uganda, including the amazing work of The Glow Effect Centre in the rural village of Kasaali. When her good friend from the nearby village of Busubi, John Ssentamu, reached out in late 2016, she couldn’t have been happier to co-ordinate a trip to support his project. Also, she loves avocado on toast… or chapati!

JOHN SSENTAMU

Head teacher at Good Shepherd Primary School. Founder of Busubi Empowered Communities in Kyetume Village, Busubi Parish in the Lwengo District. John is also a Human Rights Education teacher at Good Shepherd Primary School, the Projects Officer of Civitan Club of Masaka, Public Relations Officer at Endo United Uganda and Country coordinator, coach and player of Quidditch Uganda. He works tirelessly with different organizations, as a volunteer translator, including the Association of Rural Women Professionals in Uganda, I AM THAT WOMAN Uganda, & Full Circle Education CIC in Wales, UK.  Incredibly he is also the founder and current President of the Rural Teachers Association in Masaka, Uganda. And, most importantly, father to 5 beautiful children!