The origin and ambition of Home of Friends Guesthouse
Sebei sub region, which includes Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo districts, is located on the western side of the beautiful and green flanks of Mount Elgon. A perfect area for hiking, mountain biking, running and relaxation in the middle of nature and in the cradle of Uganda’s sporting talent. Running champions like Stephen Kiprotich, Moses Kipsiro and Joshua Cheptegei live and train in Kapchorwa. However, there is one challenge here: it is (was) hard to find a convenient accommodation.
It is from this background that George (civil servant/agri-business man) and Daan (Sport for Development entrepreneur) started their brainstorm about establishing a unique Guesthouse. George happens to own a spacious plot just within Kapchorwa Municipality, which offers amazing views over the Karamoja lowlands and enough quietness.
Just four months after the idea was born, the Guesthouse is already up and running: A comfortable and clean accommodation with a warm shower and veranda to relax from.
Hub to leverage potential of Sebei region
Mission of George and Daan is to develop the Guesthouse into a hub where:
1) visitors are inspired by the beauty of Sebei nature, culture, food and sports potential and;
2) visitors and local Community members co design and co implement sustainable projects for the Community in sports, tourism and agriculture.
Home of Friends Guesthouse pursues a healthy, sustainable vision on life and Community development. Our Guesthouse is built in the following pillars:
1. In balance with nature
We are having (renewable) solar energy, collect rain water for daily usage.
In the future we will plant more trees, flowers and local herbs & vegetables on the terrain.
2. Sports Community
Our Guesthouse offers a unique location for athletes and coaches, as they can organize a sports training, core stability training or coach session in our Sports Skills Center. We also have a sports cinema with inspirational movies and a sports library.
We are planning to add a conference room suitable for leadership and teambuilding retreats for companies and sports associations & teams.
3. Relax body & mind
Our restaurant offers healthy meals with plenty of (local) vegetables and fruits. From our veranda you enjoy some spectacular views. It is easy to make a hike or mountain bike ride in the green, surrounding hills. Our guestrooms have a warm solar shower.
In the future we will organize yoga workshops, massage sessions and other wellness activities.
4. Cultural inspiration
We are planning for a campfire place where stories about the Sebei history and culture will be shared. A museum is also planned for. We are starting with tours that give unique insights into the Sebei culture and village life.
5. Creating jobs for the youth
Community members are employed in our Guesthouse.
In the future we will train youth in practical skills in agriculture, tourism, sports & leisure and the hotel business. This enables them to discover and develop their talents in a (psychologically) safe and challenging learning environment and where (at a later age) they can co -create sustainable businesses.
Looking for a unique experience?
Are you a passionate professional looking for a unique experience?
To realize our ambition we are looking for passionate professionals, from Uganda and abroad, with practical wisdom and hands-on skills in:
• sustainable agriculture specifically in coffee, passion fruits and other fruits;
• proper nutrition for athletes;
• youth talent identification and development through sports;
• participatory action research;
• other vocations and skills of which you think can contribute to a healthy and sustainable development of Home of Friends and the surrounding Sebei Community.
Interested to stay with us? You will receive 20% discount on your stay if you actively share your knowledge with the Home of Friends Community through workshops, inspirational talks or practical Community activities.