Fact Sheet

A nondenominational, faith-based organization serving the
medical and spiritual needs of people who reside in the
Bundibugyo District of western Uganda. We serve everyone
regardless of tribe or religion.

 

In the United States: Ourganda Ministries; incorporated in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit
corporation (FEIN: 82-1917107)
In Uganda: Our-ganda Health Outreach; recognized as an NGO by the Ugandan
government in 2018

 

Mission Statement: To extend and save lives in the Bundibugyo District of western
Uganda.

 

Mailing Address: Ourganda; PO Box 873520; Vancouver, WA 98687
Office: 1400 NE 136th Ave; Vancouver, WA 98684

 

Website: ourganda.org
Facebook: facebook.com/ourgandanonprofit

 

Board of Directors: Eight volunteer members including a former hospital administrator,
registered nurse, clinical psychologist and professor, pastor, former police officer, and
others with many years of business experience.

 

Contact: Ron Gladden, Founder and Chair, Board of Directors; 360-624-7271;
rongladden@gmail.com

 

Uganda Medical Care Team: Paid staff who operate a mobile medical clinic. The team
consists of two medical clinical officers, a midwife, a nurse, a senior driver, an assistant,
and a part-time accountant.

 

Context: Across Uganda, a child is born every 13 seconds. According to the Uganda
Demographic Health Survey, 16 women die in childbirth every day, and 76 newborns in
every 1,000 do not reach the age of one. In rural areas, 79.9% of homes are child-headed
households. The Bundibugyo District consists of 280,000 people in 600 villages many of
which are disconnected from virtually all amenities. While life expectancy averages 58
years countrywide, that number is decisively lower in the remote villages.

 

Ourganda Model: Our U.S. board raises funds and removes barriers. Our Ugandan
medical care team educates, treats, and organizes wellness clubs. The wellness clubs urge
everyone in the village to participate, then shares what they are learning with people in a
neighboring village.

 

Description: The Ourganda care team serves the people in distressed villages by providing
water, medical services, health education, nutrition, and spiritual encouragement. We focus
our efforts on three villages with a combined population of 6,000 (with plans to expand to
six villages soon). Our team organizes wellness clubs consisting of people who attend core
classes, receive the building blocks necessary for good health, and begin taking
responsibility for their own health. Apart from the service of our care team, those villages
have no access to clean water, medical education and care, and no supplies for hygiene or
birthing.

 

Accomplishments: Since our launch in January 2018, Ourganda has been able to:

• Hire a professional medical staff and support team to operate our own mobile medical
clinic.
• Establish wellness clubs in each village with over 600 fully-engaged members.
• Create happiness & wellness clubs for children in each of our villages.
• Conduct an 8-day medical camp led by two physicians and ten medical students from the
U.S. and U.K. along with our local medical care team.
• Witness the dramatic improvement of scores of people who are beginning to live more
healthfully.
• Arrange for life-saving surgeries for several villagers.
• Provide two rainwater collection systems in one of our villages and raise funds to provide
water in the next village.
• Raise $23,000 for a clean water system in the village that needed it most. This system
provides water for 10,000 people.
• Provide multiple water purification units for each village.
• Give hundreds of hygiene kits to young women and dozens of birthing kits to pregnant
moms.
• Implement a comprehensive, cloud-based data-collection system to track each patient’s
treatments and health.
• Secure 100 solar-powered audio Bibles in the Runyoro-Rutoro dialect for distribution (in
partnership with InTouch Ministries).
• Provide shoes for 650 children and adults (in partnership with Sole Hope).
• Administer a distribution program of daily vitamins for 1,700 children for one year and
multivitamin supplements for 375 pregnant moms for one year (in partnership with Vitamin
Angels).

 

Next Step Goals:
• Launch a second team to serve three more villages.
• Implement the 2019 medical camp including surgeries to correct blindness in 100
persons.
• Bring clean water to a third village that suffers without water.

 

Long-term Goals:
• Double life expectancy in the villages we serve
• Assure that people in all 600 villages in the Bundibugyo District have access to heath
education and treatment
• Bring about equality of treatment for women in the villages we serve