Frequently Asked Questions

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 care teams consist of three medical clinical officers, two midwives, two nurses, two drivers, and a part-time accountant. They travel into remote villages in two mobile medical units and do the following:

  1. They create volunteer wellness clubs in each village led by a three-person team: Person of Health, Village Midwife, and Story Collector.
  2. They do health education with the objective of minimizing illness and extending lives.
  3. They respond to emergencies and arrange for emergency surgeries.
  4. They share audio Bibles and other spiritual resources as requested, and they 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.

HOW DO THE VOLUNTEER WELLNESS CLUBS BENEFIT EACH VILLAGE?

The Person of Health, village midwife, and story collector work together as that village’s extension of the care team.

Health Practices – The local team of three encourages attendance at core classes, reminds people to live according to what they have learned, and urges people who are not wellness club members to join.

Water System – The local team protects the water system from misuse or sabotage, assures that the water is not wasted, and reports any problems to the master care team.

Water Filters – The local team organizes the sharing of filters so that the maximum number of people can drink clean water, assures that each filter is properly maintained, and keeps inventory of the number of filters used and the number of people who are drinking clean water.

Village Health Kit – The local team keeps the village health kit safe from theft or misuse, distributes supplies and medications as needed, and keeps an inventory of what needs to be replaced.

WHERE DID THE MEDICAL VEHICLES COME FROM?

Our first vehicle was a 2002 Toyota Noah van with four-wheel drive. We purchased it in Japan and had it shipped to Uganda. It was perfect in almost every way, but the ground clearance was too low to get into some of the villages.

In June 2018 we purchased a 1995 Toyota HiAce all-wheel-drive van that had very low mileage. We bought this one in Kampala. Thanks to some generous donors, we paid cash again so we would not have debt. The HiAce is serving us well, even in the bad clay mud roads, cow trails and on the paved roads. With the sturdy roof rack and the large interior, we are able to carry the team and supplies we need in the villages.

In June 2019 we bought a 1999 Toyota Prado 4×4 to serve as the medical unit for our second care team. After installing a sturdy roof rack and ladder, the Prado carries the team and all needed supplies to villages that cannot be reached with a normal vehicle.

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.