About Us

Our Mission
To save and extend lives across the Bundibugyo region of western Uganda.
How It All Started
I had to check my glasses the first time I visited Nyakasohe, a zero-income village in western Uganda near the Congo border. Was I dreaming? Had I fallen into a time machine? The only hint that the year wasn’t A.D. 121 was an occasional tin roof atop a mud-and-sticks hut.

 

Everyone was warm and friendly, the dirt yards were clutter-free, but it was soon evident that the people – especially the children – were extremely vulnerable. An injury, an infection, or even a fever can be deadly. Conditions that are treated routinely in most parts of the world go untreated; the result is often tragic.

 

We decided to change that. Our master team and mobile clinic are bringing the healing hand of God to the people in the Bundibugyo region while offering the gospel to those who want to learn about Jesus. With the help of people like you, we are saving and extending lives.

Get to Know Us
MIKE DAVIS
Mike served as administrative executive at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, for 38 years. He is now “retired” and lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Donna. When he’s not visiting his two kids and six grandkids, he loves to spend time hiking the mountains and serving on the board of several nonprofits. Mike and Donna helped build a school in Kenya and Mike has personally visited some of the zero-income villages in western Uganda where Ourganda works.
MICHAEL FORTIN
Michael and his wife, Kim, are proud parents of five children and four grandchildren. They love to travel, and Michael has enjoyed coaching youth sports for over 15 years. He is a former police officer, has worked as a vice president at U.S. Bank, and has been a business consultant for 20 years and counting. Michael and Kim sponsor a child in Uganda, and every time Michael hears a story or sees a photo of someone in need, he can’t wait to use his influence and experience to make a difference.
RON GLADDEN
What do you call a person who travels to the same part of Uganda year after year? Committed? Obsessed? Focused? Ron and his daughter visited western Uganda in 2006 and helped set up a new NGO for orphans. His love for the kids and families coupled with obvious, heartbreaking medical needs, led him to found Ourganda in partnership with the other board members. Ron’s love is his family (wife Fran, two daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandkids), his hobby is hiking (preferably in the snow), and his passion is helping people find hope.
RON REHLING
Ron is a retired educator and general contractor. His wife, Phyllis, is an RN who traveled to western Uganda in 2014 and left part of her heart with the beautiful people 11 times zones away. Ron’s former hobbies were drag racing (19 years) and sailing in the Puget Sound and the San Juans (12 years). Ron’s business and building experience matched with his excitement for helping the most vulnerable people of Uganda make him a valuable member of the board.
JOY STALEY
She was a little girl named Joy, only three years old, when she dreamed of being a missionary doctor in Africa. In 2016, her dream came true when she served on a team that traveled to an orphanage and school in western Uganda. On the weekend, she visited one of the zero-income villages near the Congo border where people have nothing but hope that someone loves them. Now, Dr. Joy Staley serves on our board of directors. She is a clinical psychologist who has a private practice at the Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Yakima, Washington, while teaching classes on behavioral medicine and counseling students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (a DO Medical School) and Heritage University.
STEVE STUBITS
Steve has been a businessman for 40 years in Southern California and Vancouver, Washington. His primary passion, however, is helping those who need a hand, especially vulnerable women and kids. Steve has traveled to Mexico on numerous mission trips to Hermosillo, Baja, and Coahuila City. When he learned about a new non-profit that saves and extends lives in western Uganda, he jumped in with both feet. “It doesn’t take much to save lives in the forgotten parts of the world,” Steve says. “So why wouldn’t I do this?”
Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS UGANDA LIKE?

For many years, the world knew Uganda as the pearl of Africa. The mountains, lakes, and wildlife are beautiful. The people have huge hearts. Natural resources abound. But like most countries on the continent, the country was led by rulers who enriched themselves while suppressing their people. In the 1970s, the bloody reign of Idi Amin plunged an already struggling and under-resourced country into chaos and terror. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered by their own government. Things are better now, but the continued explosion in population and the poverty in so many places make progress difficult. Thankfully, the government allows religious freedom and welcomes nonprofits to come alongside its people. No one knows how to turn the whole country around, but we know how to make a difference in one village after the other.

WHAT DOES OURGANDA DO IN THE VILLAGES?

Our master medical team consists of a clinical officer, a registered nurse, and an assistant who serves as the driver and mechanic. They travel into remote villages in our mobile medical clinic and do four things:

  1. They create volunteer wellness clubs in each village led by a three-person team: Person of Health, Person of Peace, and Assistant.
  2. They do health education with the objective of minimizing illness and extending lives.
  3. They respond to emergencies. We provide the person of heath in each of our adopted villages with a cell phone which they use to notify our master team of an emergency. If they can provide treatment on site, they do. If they can’t, they arrange for transportation to the nearest clinic or hospital.
  4. They share audio Bibles and other spiritual resources. They train the Person of peace to lead a Bible story group each week and to support and pray for the families who need it.

WHY THE BUNDIBUGYO REGION?


Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is the same size as the state of Oregon in the U.S, but has ten times as many people. A number of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and nonprofits operate in Uganda, but few are working in the Bundibugyo region where almost 300,000 people live in primitive shelters on the hills and in the jungles. Life is difficult. Disease, war, and poverty are more pervasive here than in most other areas of the country which is why most humanitarian organizations choose to work elsewhere. Our calling is to serve where the need is greatest.

WHAT IS THE PERSON OF PEACE?

Ourganda.org cares about the whole person. We are delighted every time we we save or extend a life, but we also want to offer each dad, mom, or child the good news about Jesus. Our master team guides and equips the Person of Peace to serve as sort of a chaplain in the village. At least once a week, he or she gathers people together, reads a story from the Bible, and leads a discussion about how to apply the principles to themselves, their families, and their community. The Person of Peace watches for opportunities to pray for people and to encourage them in the ways of God. He or she does not carry a denominational label.

WHERE DID THE MEDICAL VAN COME FROM?

We purchased the 2002 Noah van in Japan and had it shipped to Uganda. It is four-wheel drive which allows our team to travel to almost every village. We have removed some of the seats and replaced them with a bed, medicine cabinets, oxygen kit, first aid supplies, and much more.

Will someone come to our church, school, or other organization to show photos, tell stories, and answer questions about Ourganda?

Absolutely. Contact our office and we will work out the details.