The Riddick Story

Introduction

British Prime minister popularized the phrase in his 1908 book titled “My African Journey.” He became quite enthused over what he had found in Uganda that he wrote, “For Magnificence, for the variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life, birds, insects, reptiles, beasts, mammals and vegetation; Uganda is truly the Pearl of Africa.” These words still hold true upto this day. Rich in Nature and Culture, Uganda is known for her breathtaking landscapes and diversity in wildlife and is home to one of the few Worldly known remaining Mountain Gorilla Sanctuaries. It is then not surprising that more than a century after Churchill, many have continued to come and experience this true African Gem. Among them, was Lillian Riddick, an American Episcopal missionary worker who first arrived in Uganda in 1987.

Lillian worked as a nurse in remote villages helping to provide basic medical care as well as training local health workers until returning home in 1989. Lillian had fallen in love with Uganda that soon after her departure back to America, she returned in 1993. And it was during her second trip to Uganda, that she would meet a young boy named Andrew. Much like most families with children in Africa, Andrew’s family often prayed and desperately hoped for better opportunities for their children. Most African families can barely afford the basic necessities to sustain their homes, let alone provide an education to their children. Soon after, Lillian would realize Andrew’s potential. She collaborated with the Episcopal Church, and Covington Boys Home to secure a scholarship that allowed Andrew come to the United States for his education, and an opportunity to a better future. Andrew got what Lillian had hoped for him, graduating high school in Virginia and later graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, Lillian passed in the summer of 2015 and it was after her death, that Andrew seriously reflected on Lillian’s significance in his life. He understood that he had been placed in a fortunate position and that, he too desired to help the less fortunate children with school fees and basic necessities. He realized that the best way to honour Lillian Riddick and continue her legacy was creating an avenue that would enable people from around the world to visit Uganda, a place where Lillian and Andrew’s story began. A percentage of the funds collected would continue to impact and change lives, but most importantly bring hope to underprivileged children-Riddick Safaris was born