Previous visitors have suggested that we provide some guidance on the sorts of gifts/donations that people could bring with them, or buy in Uganda, to give out. Please enquire if you would like further advice.


Cash, although not very glamorous, is often the most practical gift you can offer. We find visitors sometimes do not want to make a ‘show’ of presenting money but sometimes a public hand-over helps the intended beneficiaries to hold recipients to account.

If there is no obvious institution on your programme that you would like to support, you could contribute to institutions that Venture Uganda supports:

  • Entebbe hospital need funds to provide meals, medication and support with laundry and personal care for admitted patients who cannot be supported by their families
  • Kyambogo football team – a team of young men in Kampala – needs cash, kits, footballs, transport and expenses to continue playing in the amateur league.
  • Kasoroza primary school – we are supporting this government school in Rukungiri district to improve facilities at the school and to raise standards. In the past our donations have contributed towards scholastic materials for pupils and staff housing which helps to reduce staff absence.
  • We accept donations to our own project to establish RISE an institute for social enterprise in Uganda to help young people create businesses to support themselves and tackle social issues in their communities.

You may also wish to donate any leftover currency at the end of your visit for any of these causes.

Often universities bring branded gifts such as pen sets, USB memory sticks, document cases, business card holders and clothing (fleece jackets, neck ties, baseball caps).

Clothes can be a nice gift but avoid giving ladies shorts, camouflage/army fatigues and underwear. Jumpers and jackets are also welcome – it can be cold in Africa!

Footballs/netballs are hugely popular and should be given to team captains/local leaders/head teachers rather than individuals. Hardwearing balls are best.


Please do not give sweets or money to groups of children, especially selected ‘favourite’ children. This can lead to fights between the children and it encourages children to beg from foreigners.

To avoid disappointing people, please only give out your contacts if you are happy to correspond with people once you have returned home.


Often, gifts are not required. We encourage you to simply engage with Ugandans, especially fellow students; to debate with them, share your experiences and enjoy each other’s company.