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The Uganda Community Tourism Association’s mission is to spearhead sustainable community-based tourism in collaboration with stakeholders, aiming at increasing community benefits, promoting quality standards, ownership and conservation of natural and cultural resources for better livelihoods in Uganda.
Pearls of Uganda is a UCOTA marketing initiative which aims to provide a platform for community-based tourism initiatives in Uganda.

Upendo workshop

Handcrafts workshop

Dear Reader

Thank you for your continued readership and positive feedback about our monthly e-newsletter. UCOTA and Pearls of Uganda have had an exciting January! As usual, you will also find news from our member communities, funding opportunities, tourism industry news, and lots more in our e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy your reading!


Update on Purongo Cultural Centre (PCC):
Purongo is located at the boundary of Murchison Falls National Park, near the Nile Delta. Many stakeholders have come to terms with the fact that conserving the wildlife of this area will only be realized when we have created tangible reasons for communities and land owners to enthusiastically support conservation.


In our January E-newsletter, we reported on the plans of PCC; since then, several meetings have been held in Purongo as well as in Kampala in an effort to speed up the process of bringing to fruition the dream of Purongo Cultural Centre. These meetings involved Purongo community, Local Government, Gulu University, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and UCOTA. Concrete tasks to be accomplished in the near future were decided on and these include: renovations of the existing structures, equipping the new committee with governance skills, drawing up the constitution, construction of a site toilet facility and finalizing the site plan.

UCOTA Participates in Upendo Workshop:
UCOTA is partnering with NETOP, a Danish international organisation, in a program which sponsors Upendo, a UCOTA member in Northern Uganda. UCOTA has in past years partnered with NETOP in other community programs.

Upendo is a community groups’ Association in Northern Uganda that trains communities in democracy and builds skills in handcraft development. Participants received handcraft training in making tiny replicas/souvenirs of traditional crafts.Community civic educators were also selected to further boost community outreach in terms of democracy training. Before taking on the task, the civic educators will be equipped with bicycles for transport and training skills and materials. Two Danish volunteers attached to the project will help in the capacity building of the civic educators.In the same workshop, a review of the Articles and Memorandum of the Association was carried out and the Annual General Meeting was held in which new office bearers were elected. On the new committee, UCOTA will serve as the secretary, deputized by UPENDO member, Jocipat Ocet.

Community of the Month

Rubona Basket Weavers Association
Come participate in natural dye making for the beautiful ‘akaibo’ (millet baskets) at Rubona village! The experience will bring you closer to the locals giving you first-hand experience of this community and the women who are members of the association.
Read more here.

Uganda Tourism News

Lake Vic’s equatorial island
Samuel Baker’s Trail
Cheetahs return to Kidepo
Ngamba chimp sanctuary ranked best
Game Park tourists increase
Nile explorer arrives
African Queen returns to Nile
Online gorilla trekking permits start

Funding Opportunities

Small Grants: Call for Proposals
Equator Prize 2014
Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
Women’s World Summit Foundation
Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World:
CNN Heroes

Further Reading

Marriott clinches deal to buy biggest African hotel chain:
Creating a niche for the youth in responsible tourism:
EAC citizens begin using IDs to cross borders:

Diary Dates

Destination Kenya comes to Uganda and Rwanda: February 5 and 6 2014

Nile Project Live February 8th

Birding in Kidepo: February 10th – 14th 2014

Euro-African Kampala Film Festival February 19th – 26th

Travelling Quotes

"Travelling is learning."
~Kenyan Proverb

"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
~ Henry Miller

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