Mission Statement

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 vulnerable individuals and communities to take care of their own lives."

Our inspiration comes from the people in Uganda who are bravely fighting the AIDS epidemic with very limited financial resources but with deep faith in God as their helper, 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 below, 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 faithful 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 friends.of.ruwenzori.info@gmail.com.

KIDA 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.  Check out the website at http://www.kitojotouristhome.com.