Mission Statement

The mission of Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation is to reduce preventable deaths and foster healthy living among the people of the Ruwenzori foothills of Uganda by supporting the rural region's only local hospital and economic empowerment and health programs.

Click here to view video that was produced, directed and updated by Jennifer Gleason. Filmed by Brian Kast in 2010. Hospital update filmed in 2012 by Gerald Businge.

Check out the latest KIDA news on our news page: http://www.friendsofruwenzori.org/news. See also new menu choices on the left: Vocational Training and KIDA Success Stories.

We are the funding partners of KIDA (Kitojo Integrated Development Association), a Ugandan-run non-governmental organization. KIDA fights HIV/AIDS and poverty and runs a small hospital in the rural communities of the Ruteete Subcounty of the Kabarole District in Western Uganda. We fully support KIDA's mission, which is to "enable vulnerableindividuals and communities to take care of their own lives." Although many of our members are motivated by a religious faith, we are not a sectarian organization but  a humanitarian one. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, creed or sexual orientation.

Our inspiration comes from the people in Uganda who are bravely fighting the AIDS epidemic with very limited financial resources but with deep religious faith, hope for the future and genuine love for one another in this poor rural community. Their perseverance and resourcefulness truly demonstrate the tenacity of the human spirit. We greatly admire KIDA’s director, Rev. Ezra Musobozi and his wife Marjorie, who together provide the vision and effectively mobilize people into compassionate service. Watch the short video above, filmed at KIDA in 2010, and meet these lovely people.

We named our organization after the beautiful mountain range that towers over this area: the Ruwenzori mountains. “Ruwenzori” is a distortion of a Ritooro word that means “rainmaker”. The mountains are so named because the tallest peaks are almost perpetually covered with clouds. The people who live and farm the land here believe that the rain brings the blessings of God. 

Our founders fund all administrative expenses, so you can be sure that every penny you donate goes directly to the people of Uganda. To schedule an educational slide presentation or to inquire about visiting KIDA, contact our founder Karen Gleason at info@friendsofruwenzori.org.

KIDA, our partner, has a website at http://www.kidauganda.org. Visiting KIDA is encouraged. Our teams have enjoyed the accommodations at the Kitojo Tourist Home, a bed and breakfast nearby run by Rev. Ezra and Marjorie Musobozi.