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Washington DC, Mission hosted Miss Tourism Uganda

Wednesday, 1st January 2020

Their platform is called "Bridging the Gap. This platform promotes for more Americans of African Descent to visit Uganda and other countries in Africa. They want to draw attention to the beauty of Africa through Tourism During her stay in the US, Miss Kankwanzi, a tourism enthusiast, shared her journey with fellow youths as well as knowledge on various issues she is passionate about like tourism promotion and environmental conservation. As part of her itinerary, she is visiting a number of African American Communities in schools, churches and community programs in DC, MD, NJ, NY, VA and NC, giving talks about Uganda and reaching out to more Americans of African Descent, encouraging them to visit Uganda to share and learn from each other. Following an announcement by the Government of Ghana, proclaiming 2019, "The Year of Return", many Americans of African descent are marking 2019 as the year to make a first visit to Africa, in a pilgrimage of sorts. This is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. Speaking to staff at the Uganda Embassy in Washington DC, Dr. Deborah Freeman confirmed that the idea of "Bridging the Gap" by encouraging more Americans of African descent to visit Africa and Uganda in particular was in line with the "Year of Return" initiative that has seen a spike in interest in the African American Community in learning more about Africa. "Since the time the first African was brought to America, the stories and history have been almost forgotten. In today's society people, in America, are asking questions about their origins as well as historical facts. "Bridging The Gap", is an initiative that will do just that. 

Through Partners in Tourism, The Pen Pal Program and Education this can be achieved. Believers on both continents have a strong desire to reach out and better know their brothers and sisters that have been long removed from each other. With the help of churches, local communities, and government officials this initiative will become a reality. Also in attendance at the meeting were Ms. Sasha Edith Butler, CEO of Changing Destinations, Changing Destinations Executive Board member Ed Prater, and an intern Ra'ael. They are one of the ACTNIM Partners that promote The Pen Pal Program and Global Education. From the Embassy, Mr. Michael Bulwaka, Counselor, Mr. Ferdinand Kyoheirwe, First Secretary and Ms. Anne Bukenya, Administrative Attache' also attended the meeting. Miss Tourism Uganda Beauty Pageant is a private initiative organized by Miss Tourism Foundation, a private entity. More information about "Bridging the Gap" is available at AND click on the "About Us" tab.