TWO German pilots have launched an initiative to fly around the world to raise funds for Ugandan vulnerable children and orphans.
The pilots, Uwe Thomas Carstensen ad Martin Grohganz who arrived in Entebbe on Monday tend to raise over $100,000 from their venture to support education projects in Uganda.
“It is our joy that as we set to retire we do something for the Ugandan kids. We want kids in Uganda to be educated and have a better life,” Carstensen told New Vision. According to statistics from the Gender ministry, Uganda has over three million orphans and vulnerable children, majority orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS scourge.
The two pilots who set from German city Hanover on November 11 will fly across 20 countries in Africa where they will raise awareness about the need to support education in Africa. They are flying in a six seater Cessna’s aircraft.
The funds will be channeled to the German Population for World Development (DSW) that has been supporting health and education projects in Uganda.
James Kotzsch, the DSW Uganda country director said the funds will be channeled to the various schools were DSW has projects that support vulnerable children.
The pilots excited the pupils of St. Joseph Boarding primary school in Nabbingo, one of the schools supported by DSW when the visited. Dressed in pilot gears, the two answered questions raised by the ecstatic pupils.
The pilots yesterday flew to Arusha Tanzania before heading to Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Togo, Ghana, among others.
They have so far visited Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda. They will end their world tour In February 2011.