Audacious Next Steps

Audacious Next Steps

When you partner with Ourganda, people inevitably flourish.
2020 was Ourganda’s best year ever (we’re convinced it’s a miracle). Donations from generous donors like
you were up by a lot. Our teams helped more people than ever with weekly medical care, clean water, hygiene
kits, birthing kits, kids kits and surgeries. We bought three acres and started the process of creating a beautiful
community center.
We love changing the lives of hundreds of individuals, but our board of directors huddled up and said, “It’s
time to go bigger. Let’s keep blessing as many moms, dads, and kids as we can. But why not transform entire
villages?” After some conversation and prayer, they set an audacious goal of changing at least 12 misery
zones into human flourishing zones by the end of this decade.
Audacious Next Steps
What’s next?
•Pure Water for 5,000 People – A huge-hearted
donor just made it possible for Ourganda to
purchase 207 water filter systems for the people
in our villages. Each system turns disgusting
water into pure water for up to 25 people which
means that over 5,000 people will be drinking
clean water every day from now on. Thank you,
Howard and Louise!
•Sickle Cell Testing – At one point, the World
Health Organization identified Bundibugyo District
as the NUMBER ONE epicenter for sickle cell
disease in the world. Yet astonishingly, not a
single hospital or clinic in the district tests for
sickle cell disease – except for Ourganda. Our
teams have begun the process of testing every
child in our villages who is under 5 years old.
A physician and a nurse from our U.S. board are
visiting Uganda this month and have delivered
500 sickle cell test strips to our teams. The first
100 tests are for children in our six villages, but
Ourganda has arranged to partner with two nearby
clinics to offer testing for 400 more children – at Ongoing Projects Cost Needed
Water Backpacks $5.50 each hundreds
Kits (Hygiene, Birthing) $8 each hundreds
Kids Kits $12 each hundreds
Water Filters $40 each hundres
Urgent Medical Surgeries $1,000 average per person
Ron Gladden
Ourganda Director
P.S. Every penny helps. Thank you!
Ourganda’s expense. We hope our actions inspire
those clinics, and maybe even the local hospitals,
to eventually make sickle cell testing available to
every parent and child in the district. Ginormous
thanks to those of you who donated directly to this
groundbreaking sickle cell testing project!
• Hygiene Kits
for Hundreds
of Women
– A retired
seamstress (who
loves the women
in Uganda she’s
never met) is
trying hard to
wear out her
sewing machine
so that no girl
has to miss
school and no
woman misses
work because
of menstruation.
She literally, and
joyfully, spends hundreds of hours making beautiful,
durable kits that replace the rags, leaves, rocks, and
sometimes even cow dung that women are forced
to use. Thank you, Betty! Our mission team from
the U.S. agreed to limit their personal items so their
suitcases had room to carry as many hygiene kits
as possible.
• Financial Self-Reliance – We could not be more
delighted to provide clean water, shoes, hygiene
kits, and professional medical care, but a person
cannot truly flourish when crushed by poverty.
If we’re serious about flourishing, we have to
move people up the pyramid. We have to create
sustainable and transformative industries where
people can enjoy the dignity of providing for their
families, pay for their children to get an education,
and reach their personal potential while passing
along a portion of their blessings to others.
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