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AKIIKI VZW

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

(Lilla Watson)

Who are we?
 
This journey is the result of a partnership between three like-minded entrepreneurs who have found each other across borders. Together we put Connecting Journeys in the World in Uganda, and each of us contributes to this with our own talents.

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Akiiki: takes the lead in guiding the process

 

Marijke D'Herde is the founder of Akiiki vzw and an expert in Connecting Communication. She will guarantee everyone’s emotional security during the entire journey, she will coach the participants and she will offer sufficient reflection opportunities.

 

At any moment during the trip, you can trust her and you can count on her expertise and integrity.

Read more about Marijke

Kara-Tunga Arts & Tours: takes the lead in the programme

Theo Vos is the founder and manager of Kara-Tunga Arts & Tours.

Theo became an entrepreneur in The Netherlands at the young age of eighteen. Later on, he discovered his Ugandan roots and nowadays his company Kara-Tunga organises sustainable activities. As a pioneer in sustainable tourism, their proceeds are being reinvested in regional development and they invest in the growing tourism sector with the Karamoja Tourism Academy.

During the trip, Theo and his team of young guides will make sure you can discover Karamoja in a unique way. As a local tour operator, Kara-Tunga is responsible for the organisation and practical guidance throughout the journey.

Entwiga Community Experience: takes the lead in the transport

 

Moses Sanyu is the founder and manager of Entwiga Community Experience. He organizes tailor-made trips to his community in Fort Portal, in the West of Uganda. Moses is building bridges between tourists and local communities with his wide range of activities. When visiting his community, you will come as a tourist, you will be received as a guest, and you will leave as a family member.

The revenue of the company is being used to launch social and ecological projects in his community. Read more about the collaboration between Marijke, Moses and tour operator Joke here. During this trip, Moses will be our driver and will make sure we and our luggage will arrive everywhere we need to be.

Marijke D’Herde

 

In Uganda, I was given the name Akiiki, meaning ‘She who conquers the world and connects people.’ I couldn’t have wished for a better name!

 

I am a tour leader at Joker. In 2014, I made my first group trip to Uganda. The country and the truly amazing nature touched the participants in profound ways. I challenged our driver: ‘Moses, we would like to get to know the locals. Do you think you can arrange that?’ It was to be the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration.

 

Life as a school

 

I learned when I was young that life will not always go the way you want it to go. I felt both small and part of something bigger at the same time. What is life really about? This is the question that truly drives me.

I looked for answers in the poverty-stricken Central African Republic when I was 26. The Western way of life felt constricting, limiting: far away from home, I finally felt I could breathe again.

 

When I returned to Belgium, I started working with refugees. These young Afghan men taught me how to speak the language of the heart and how they take care of each other. They had fled an active war zone and ended up making me aware of the way I look at life. I learned to approach our reality from all kinds of different perspectives.

 

Nowadays, I work as a trainer Connecting Communication Walk Your Talk, I am a tour leader in my free time, an intercultural manager, certified coach and process facilitator. I am also the mother of two children and legal guardian of two more.