The Hospice Foundation’s Okuyamba Fest is a celebration of international food, drink and art. The event began as a way to help the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) in its efforts to bring palliative care to all in Uganda. Since the beginning of Center for Hospice Care (CHC) and Hospice Foundation’s (HF) partnership with PCAU, Uganda has gone from having palliative care available in 34 districts to 96 out of 121.
“Okuyamba” is the Lugandan word meaning “to help.” Okuyamba Fest began in 2012 as a way to help raise funds for PCAU’s work. It was a yearly event until 2018 when it became a bi-yearly event to coincide with PCAU’s exchange visit to the U.S. The evening includes a silent auction with proceeds benefitting one of PCAU’s signature programs.
Past events have featured live entertainment like the Uzima dance group, the local premiere of “The Road to Hope” documentary, and keynote speaker Brandi Milloy of PopSugar.