Kibo Group International

 
The original Jinja team, mentors, and friends before their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

The original Jinja team, mentors, and friends before their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

 

Back in 1988...

A small group of college students at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas were brainstorming how they wanted to go out and impact the world. They had been mentored by several professors and friends during their time at Harding University who inspired them to go change the world. These five families ended up moving to Jinja, Uganda in 1994. Over the next 12 years they worked among the Busoga people of Uganda planting dozens of churches, starting the Jinja Church on Main Street, and opening "The Source Cafe" which still employs over a dozen locals. 

In 1998 the men on the Jinja Team decided to climb Kilimanjaro with some of those same mentors and friends who inspired them to move to Africa while they were in college. 

During this climb they started to talk about how they wanted to stay involved with these people in Uganda who they had built deep relationships with over the course of their first 4 years. The plans were laid, and a name was chosen. "Kibo Group" taken from the highest volcanic cone and camp on Kilimanjaro named "Kibo."

This idea has developed over the past 15+ years into our current organization, but we have maintained the same relationships and deep trust with our friends in Uganda.

The foundation the Jinja team laid in the 90's gives Kibo Group a unique ability to interact with communities in the Busoga region in a way that empowers people to reach their full potential. 

We hope that our parternships inspire communities to rise to the peak of their potential, and display to the rest of Uganda, Africa, and the world, what is possible when we work together.