I’m currently in Uganda, in east-central Africa. This is my 5th trip. The reasons I come here are many. Uganda doesn’t get a lot of tourism, so crime isn’t the problem it is in neighboring countries. The people are very friendly and this makes for an enjoyable stay.
Thirty million people live in and around Kampala. There are too many people chasing too few dollars. This has lead to incredible poverty. The government is stable, sort of, and that could bode well for the future. But realistically, there are far too many Ugandans, and families are way too large.
While it sounds patronizing, one of the big interests for me in coming to Uganda is: it helps me understand the plight of people living in developing countries. I suppose its slumming, but it is a necessary activity
There are several things that people can do to improve the situation in Africa. First, travel to developing countries and spend as much of your travel money as possible in country. Second, take your kids to developing countries, they need to understand that life in America in not the world norm. Third, be willing to share your professional skills, particularly after you retire. Fourth, help develop the local economies through micro-finance and other business assistance. Fifth, when you travel, represent America well. One thing, the developing countries do not (and I repeat, do not) need are more religious missionaries. There are plenty already out there.
There are several Utah-based NGOs working in Uganda. I have ties to 3: Engineers Without Borders, SeeeMe Institute, and Interethnic Health Alliance. I’m on the board of the local chapter of the first. But the above ideas are mine, and do not represent the opinion of any formal organization.