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Volunteers are fueling the growth of orphanages in Uganda. They need to stop

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Image Credits: Kristin Klein/Abide Family Center

I was asked recently by a friend to meet some people from her church in the US who were visiting Uganda on a mission trip. The aim of the meeting was to convince them that supporting and visiting orphanages was doing more harm than good. As I entered the restaurant, the mission trip participants were easily identified by their beaming smiles and even brighter T-shirts. The conversation started well and they were, of course, lovely people who were incredibly generous with their time and resources; a common trait among mission trip participants I’ve met over the years. By Mark Riley. Read more.

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Why Entrepreneurship is Overrated as a Solution to Poverty

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13 August 2015 – You might wonder, then, why did the owner of a successful solar business in Western Uganda recently ask me for a job with BBOXX?  That’s not what entrepreneurs are supposed to do!  And if entrepreneurship is how wealth is created, why does a country’s GDP seem to increase as rates of entrepreneurship go down? Read more.

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Uganda: The Human Story Behind Gorilla Tourism

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11 June 2015: Uganda – In 2014, the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga exposed the threat to gorillas in Congo, but in neighbouring Uganda the Batwa – who have shared forests with mountain gorillas for generations – face a struggle for survival. The creation of national parks has seen tourism boom, though the Batwa have been forcibly evicted from their land. Read more.

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