DO YOU HAVE A HEART TO SERVE OTHERS?
Consider joining us in January, 2018 as we travel to Uganda, Africa to give aid to 40 vulnerable (orphaned) children supported by Wellness Warrior. We will be setting up medical clinics, ministering to children and staff and providing meals for the children. We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in joining us on this amazing 2-week trip!
Dr. Cooney has worked with God's Care Community Ministries since 2006 and has visited with the staff and children in Uganda multiple times. Her last visit was in January of 2016 where she hand delivered and trained staff with more than 8.5 kg of essential oils and herbal medicines.
We are currently in the process of planning our next trip currently set for February, 2018. Details are still being worked out, however we anticipate releasing information weekly, so please stay in touch for updates! Please request to join our closed facebook page designed for volunteers and interested parties. Our standard Facebook page Oils for Orphans can be found by clicking here.
If you can't join us, but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution that will be used to purchase essential oils and herbal medicines for the orphanage, please click here to be redirected to a link where you can make a tax-deductible donation.
We are limiting this trip to 25 people. After that, we will begin a waiting list
WHAT TO EXPECT
Total cost = $3500
Included in the cost:
- Roundtrip Airfare, taxes and fees
- Hotel located on the Nile River. Expenses are based on 2 or 3 person occupancy. Each bedroom has 1-3 beds per room and a bathroom with running water, showers, sink, nightstand, and mosquito net for each bed. We will pair women together and men together, however you may elect NOT to have a roommate. If you choose to have a single room, you will be responsible for any additional cost.
- All transportation within Uganda
- Breakfast for 12 days
- Swimming pool
- Supplies donated to the orphanage, including the herbs and essential oils we will be taking with us and the products required to be purchased in Uganda in order to make the medicines on the ground (glassware, alcohol for tinctures, etc.).
Items that will be the responsibility of each traveler
- Passport fees (if you don't already have a passport, please apply as soon as possible. Can take up to 6 months to process)
- Visa (YOUR RESPONSIBILITY) - Please click here for more Information on Uganda from the Department of State and to request your visa.
- Money for shopping
- Day activity of visiting the Source of the Nile River and boat ride on the river. This is a really fun experience that allows you to see wildlife and visit a small little boat house that floats just at the Source of the Nile. You'll be able to step outside your boat onto rock that have been placed directly atop the Source and pose for pictures! It's a great experience and costs around $30.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION OF GOODS THAT WE CAN TAKE WITH US?
We will be taking herbs, essential oils, mosquito nets, clothing, toys, sporting goods, shoes, games, cell phones (iPhones only), and medical supplies (trauma dressings, AED, bandages, etc.) with us! If you would like to make a donation, please call 888-OIL-HERB and select #1 to speak with Dr. Cooney or email us at PlantsAsMedicine@gmail.com for our shipping address. Remember, all donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE We will be using the maximum luggage allowance for each person to pack additional bags filled with the products listed above to decrease cost.
In recent years, the most amazing donations were:
- Medical supplies (IV tourniquets, bandages, sterile gauze, sutures, baby formula (no liquid), ACE bandages, trauma shears, etc.)
- Mosquito nets - best to purchase nets that will be able to be used over a bed (queen size)
- Games and Sporting Toys - the basketballs were a huge hit in 2016! The kids played for hours. Card games, crayons and markers, and coloring books were appreciated
- Shoes will be purchased for the kids while we are there visiting. The cost for this will be $200 for each child to receive a pair of shoes that will allow them to go to school. It is a gift that we provided to the kids in 2016 and they were exceedingly grateful!
- iPhones are necessary as they are the easiest way for the staff to communicate with us in the US. Cybercrime is on the rise and without the ability to access the internet from a smartphone, the staff has to currently go to an Internet Café to communicate with us. Because the electricity goes out frequently, the computers are frozen then on the person's information who was last using the computer. When the power goes back on, any person can then access the previous person's account. To prevent this, iPhones are needed (current need of 6) to best communicate and allow pictures to be taken and sent
All fees are to be paid in full by December 1, 2017
A calendar will be posted with due dates and requirements. More information on traveling to the country of Uganda may be found by clicking here.
Deposit Schedule 2017:
$100 refundable deposit (refundable through June 1, 2017)
JUNE 1 - $1,500 (flight purchase)**
AUGUST 1 - $400
OCTOBER 1 - $1,000
DECEMBER 1 - $500
*If you can't meet these deadlines, please let one of our staff members know asap so we can assist you with payment arrangements that work for you.
**If you join the group late, you may be subject to a higher airfare or not flying on the same plane as the group. In years past, smaller groups have been fine purchasing airfare up to one month in advance and still paying lower prices, however with a large group, we will be securing flights in June/July once the flight schedules are released for February.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY!! Most people who attend mission trips receive 80-100% of their funds through donation. Many organizations exist for the sole purpose of helping to raise money for mission trips. Wellness Warrior is committed to helping to keep the cost of serving others as low as possible and we can help you with ideas to raise money. Churches, community groups, family, and friends are wonderful places to start. It is advisable to write a letter describing the work you will be doing in Uganda and mailing or emailing it to family and friends and to present at your church or group organization. Some companies match donations that their employees raise for events like this, or some employers may make a contribution.
**If you are receiving a donation to help support your trip, please send checks to
PO BOX 1115
OAK ISLAND, NC 28465
Please indicate your name and Uganda 2018 with the check so funds can be appropriately applied.
(We will email you once we receive your donation to understand where you want your donation to be applied).
REQUIREMENTS TO TRAVEL
- Age 18+ if not traveling with a parent (open to children whose parent(s) travel with us). Any children traveling with us must also have a passport, Visa, and the vaccines of Yellow Fever and Polio (unless a waiver is obtained by the Ugandan Embassy).
- Passport valid for 6 months after travel dates (must be valid until August, 2018). If your passport expires before August, 2018, your visa will be REJECTED.
- Visa is required to enter Uganda. Visas will need to be sent to the Uganda Embassy in Washington, D.C. by November 30, 2017. No fee will be refunded if you fail to obtain your visa before travel dates and are unable to travel.
- Yellow Fever vaccine (there was a shortage of this vaccine in 2015/2016, we were able to express the shortage to the Embassy and had no problem securing our visas) - if you do not vaccinate, I would encourage you to contact the Ugandan Embassy to seek a waiver. In the past, we have expressed that vaccines are against a religion or there was a shortage and notes were taken by the Ugandan Embassy (located in the USA) so that when the passport arrived, they approved it without seeing the Yellow Fever card.
- Polio vaccine is required for any child under the age of 5 traveling to Uganda.
- Although Wellness Warrior staff uses herbal medicines to combat any signs of malaria, it should be noted that malaria is a mosquito-carrying disease that is found in this area of the world. It is advisable that you seek anti-malaria medication from your physician and carry it with you on this trip. There is one medication that is available to be taken two weeks prior to arrival in Uganda, 48 hours before you arrive and once while you are in Uganda. This would be an acceptable option. If you do not have a physician, please contact us or visit a local International Travel Clinic for more information.
- Many of the areas we will visit will require us to drive for many hours in an off-road style vehicle on bumpy and poorly maintained roads. You should be able to sit for long periods of time without problems.
- Be flexible. There's a saying "Uganda Time" which literally means "I don't wear a watch". Americans tend to be prompt and on time for meetings. Ugandans tend to develop relationships that are more meaningful than cutting to the chase and addressing business matters. Flexibility is incredibly important as schedules tend to change frequently.
SERVING THE PEOPLE OF UGANDA
- Be of sound mind and willing to serve others
- The area that we will be traveling to is extremely poor and remote. It is expected that you are able to treat others with dignity and respect. Many women in remote villages may not be wearing shirts, it is considered rude to stare or to appear embarrassed as these women serve their communities and many are considered elders.
- We will be setting up 3-5 Medical Clinics in remote villages. Help will be needed to make the medicines at the hotel and to prepare them for the villagers. We will be working with a local physician and team who will translate for us. Previous medical experience is not required.
- Visit the Source of the Nile River: This amazing opportunity is available to us where you can ride a boat out to The Source and stand on rocks (in the middle of the River) right where the spring comes up from the ground. It's exciting! The cost for this is around $20 and is not a required activity.
- Attending Church: Uganda is an extremely church-friendly nation and church services occur nearly every day/night of the week. It is likely you may be invited to a church service. You have the option of not attending as this is not a required activity but you're be certainly glad you did! Services are in English.
- Shopping: Many opportunities will be available to spend time in the markets. Bartering will be done by our interpreters, so no worries! You won't have to do any hard work. The men and women we work with in Uganda are honest and fair and will know when someone is trying to get more out of you than what a product is worth. Don't worry though, our friends will take care of you!
- Work with Sole Hope, a US-based organization who operates in Uganda. This organization performs feet cleaning and jigger removal, then fits villagers for shoes that are handmade by the organization's workers.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF UGANDA
We will be working and staying in Jinja, Uganda, about 3 hours from the country's capital city of Kampala, and the location of the US Embassy and 4 hours from Entebbe, the location of the airport.