Wait a minute, flying 13,000 km across the world and living there for 8 months isn’t free??
Sadly, no, it’s not. In fact, 8 months in Uganda is going to cost us about $14,000.
What is really important to us, and what I (Kaylee) have always hoped to have during this time, is the support of a community that is caring for us, even from far away. We want you to be aware of what is going on in our lives during this intense year, because we know we will experience both highs and lows. We will want to share happy memories as they come, but we also know we will need support when we are struggling. Whether that means financial support, or prayer and love support, what matters to us is a community we can rely on and look to.As married students, $14,000 isn’t the type of money we have just lying around. We would love to have you partner with us in this life changing year! If you know right now that you want to support us financially, click here to donate!
Here are the Numbers
Costs owed to Watoto: $6,300
This breaks down to being a one time facilitation fee of US$1,000, and US$500 per month for our accommodations while we are at the babies home. When you put that into Canadian dollars, it works out to $6,300.
Costs of flights: $3,674
We will be flying from Saskatoon to Calgary to Amsterdam and finally to Entebbe (about an hour by car from where we’ll be living). We leave Saskatoon at 11am on October 3rd and don’t get to Uganda until 10pm on the 4th. These flights are no laughing matter.
Costs of visas: $750
We still aren’t totally sure how much the visa process will cost. We will be applying for entry visas from Canada, which cost US$50 each, then getting extensions while we are in Uganda. We have been told to budget US$250 each for this.
Expenses in Uganda: $2,400
We will be buying our own food for meals, paying for internet (I will be doing assignments while we’re there that have to get back to Canada somehow!), transportation costs within Uganda, and any other random expenses we encounter. We are budgeting $300 per month for these costs, which adds up to $2,400.
Tuition for the year at CBC: $470
Okay this part is pretty amazing. I will receive 24 credit hours while I am in Uganda, which is like taking 8 full classes – basically unheard of for an international internship. They also significantly subsidize the costs. What would normally cost close to $8,000 is only $3,570 for those of us on internship. I was also super fortunate to be the recipient of a $3,000 bursary! This was a crazy surprise and I am so thankful to the generous community around CBC that makes this type of thing possible!
Expenses eligible for charitable receipts (these donations are made directly through Watoto):
- Costs owed to Watoto
- Costs of flights
- Total: $9,974
You can donate to this here.
Expenses not eligible for charitable receipts (but we are so grateful for any help with this, too):
- Costs of Visas
- Expenses in Uganda
- Tuition at CBC
- Total: $3,620
You can donate to this here.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! We realize that this is a lot of information, but we want to be as transparent in this process as possible. We don’t take any donation lightly, and we want you to know we are incredibly thankful for any type of support we receive.