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 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 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: Seven volunteer members including a retired hospital administrator, registered nurse, clinical psychologist and professor, family practice physician (advisor), pastor, businessman, and former police officer.

 

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

 

Ugandan Medical Care Team: Paid staff who operate a mobile medical clinic. The team consists of three medical clinical officers, two midwifes, two nurses, two senior drivers, 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 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 3,000 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 (2019).
• 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 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 750 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).
• Purchase 2.87 acres which will eventually serve as our mission headquarters.

 

Next Step Goals:

• Bring clean water to the next village that suffers without water.
• Partner with Project C.U.R.E. to provide $400,000 in medical supplies and equipment to qualifying hospitals and clinics.
• Construct headquarters buildings on the Ourganda property.

 

Long-term Goals:

• 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.

 

Updated August 17, 2020