Background of the Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation

Karen and Gil Gleason of Orinda, California, became acquainted with Rev. Ezra and Marjorie Musobozi during visits to Uganda in 2001 and 2003.  The Gleasons admired the Musobozi’s courage and commitment in preventing HIV/AIDS through drama and learned of their vision to build an AIDS clinic and community center in their local village.  Karen and Gil decided to help and formed the Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation.  In March of 2005, “Friends” received 501(c)(3) status by the IRS as a public charity.
 
The "Friends" advisory board meets regularly to discuss foundation business and fundraising. Through networking and holding a variety of fundraising events, donations have grown steadily. “Friends” goal is to raise funds to operate KIDA’s AIDS programs and KIDA Hospital that opened in 2011.  We are grateful to Nancy Swig who raised money to build the hospital with major funding help from Steve Gensler. We are currently in a strategic planning process that will help us transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with some paid staff.

Karen and Gil Gleason at a Green and Yellow Festival
Karen and Gil Gleason at a Green and Yellow Festival