Fact Sheet

Ourganda is a nondenominational, faith-based organization
serving the medical and spiritual needs of people who reside in
the Bundibugyo District of western Uganda. The population of the
district is approximately 350,000 people. Ourganda serves
everyone regardless of gender, 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 transform misery zones into flourishing zones.

 

Mailing Address: Ourganda; PO Box 874205; Vancouver, WA 98687
Office: 1400 NE 136th Ave; Vancouver, WA 98684

 

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

 

Board of Directors: Seven volunteer members including a retired hospital administrator, registered nurse, chaplain, family practice physician (advisor), pastor, businessman, and logistics manager.

 

Contact: Ron Gladden, Founder and Director; 360-624-7271; rongladden@gmail.com

 

Ugandan Employees:
• Ten paid staff who operate two mobile medical clinics. Each team consists of two
medical clinical officers, a midwife, nurse, and driver.
• Ourganda also employs a full-time micro-business leader 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 350,000 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:
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.
• Our U.S. team provides the structure & resources, and removes barriers.
• Our Ugandan medical teams take medical care to the villages. They educate, treat and respond to emergencies, and raise up wellness clubs. Our empowerment team releases peoples’ entrepreneurial potential and enables them to care for themselves and their families.
• Our teams in the U.S. and Uganda constantly pursue opportunities and implement innovative strategies to help more and more villagers experience human flourishing.

 

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 nearly 4,000 fully-engaged members.
• Witness the dramatic improvement of hundreds of people who are beginning to live more healthfully.
• Sponsor life-saving surgeries for over a dozen villagers.
• Provide rainwater collection systems in two villages and a $24,000 gravity-flow system in another village that provides water for over 4,000 people.
• Provide water purification systems for 8,000 people (327 units).
• Donate hundreds of hygiene kits to young women, birthing kits to pregnant moms, and health kits to kids.
• Hire a full-time micro-business leader to train and equip people to lift themselves out of poverty.
• 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 (2019).
• 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 750 children and adults.
• Administer an ongoing distribution program of vitamins for 1,700 children and multivitamin supplements for 375 pregnant moms (in partnership with Vitamin Angels).
• Purchase 3.17 acres and begin the creation of a Community Center campus.

 

Next Step & Long Term Goals:
• Bring clean water to the next village that suffers without water.
• Continue to build a sustainable, scalable micro-business movement in the Bundibugyo District.
• Break ground on our new community center by summer 2022.
• Transform at least 12 misery zones into human flourishing zones by the end of 2029.

 

Updated October 12, 2021