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 care team consists of two medical clinical officers, a senior driver, an apprentice driver, an accountant, and a program director. 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?

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 4 wheel drive van that had very low mileage. We bought this one in Kampala. Thanks to the help of 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.

 

  

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.