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-for-profit 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
Mailing Address: Ourganda; PO Box 873520; Vancouver, WA 98687
Office: 1400 NE 136th Ave; Vancouver, WA 98684
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;
Ugandan Medical Care Team: Paid staff who operate a mobile medical clinic. The team
consists of three medical clinical officers, a midwife, a nurse, two senior drivers, and a
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 300,000 people in 650 villages many of
whom 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 so that people begin to
take responsibility for their own health.
Description: The Ourganda care team serves the people in distressed villages by providing
health education, medical services, the building blocks for good health (water, shoes, soap,
hygiene kits, birthing kits, mosquito nets, etc.), and spiritual encouragement. We focus our
efforts on six villages with a combined population of 8,000. Without the service of our care
team, the people in these villages have no access to clean water, medical education and
treatment, 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 two mobile medical clinics
serving thousands of people in six villages.
• Establish wellness clubs in each village with over 2,000 fully-engaged members including
wellness clubs for children.
• 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 (2018).
• Conduct an 8-day medical camp led by three physicians, a nurse, a physical therapist,
and eight medical students from the U.S. and U.K. along with our local medical care team
• Witness the dramatic improvement of hundreds of people who are beginning to live more
• Arrange for life-saving surgeries for many villagers.
• Provide two rainwater collection systems in one village and a $24,000 gravity-flow system
in another village that provides water for over 4,000 people.
• Provide multiple water purification units for each village.
• Give hundreds of hygiene kits to young women, birthing kits to pregnant moms, and
health kits for kids.
• Implement a comprehensive, cloud-based data-collection system to track each patient’s
treatments and health.
• Distribute 125 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 an ongoing distribution program of vitamins for 1,700 children and multivitamin
supplements for 375 pregnant moms (in partnership with Vitamin Angels).
Next Step Goals:
• Bring clean water to a third village that suffers without water.
• Add a nurse to our medical care team.
• Partner with Project C.U.R.E. to provide $400,000 in medical supplies and equipment to
qualifying hospitals and clinics.
• Purchase property for construction of our own campus.
• Double life expectancy in the villages we serve.
• Assure that people in all 650 villages in the Bundibugyo District have access to heath
education and treatment.
• Bring about equality of treatment for women in the villages we serve.