September, 2014 – On a gray, rainy day in Rubanda, smiles and laughter lit up the town as a group of people from Juna Amagara and the community broke ground for the ministry’s first permanent HEAL medical clinic. Using traditional gardening mattocks, Rev. Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe, Board Member Julius Twesigye, local people including children, dug a hole that will become the first foundation wall. The local community, led by Norman Tushabe of Murole School, has pledged 10,000 bricks and volunteer labor for the project.
Juna Amagara has been providing health services to the communities in which it serves almost from the beginning of the ministry in 2004. The locations have varied as working spaces became available, or unaffordable. Personnel have come and gone, both paid and volunteer. Yet, with the help of visitors from the U.S., many medical teams have gone into the villages to treat patients, some who have lived with pain for decades. The children in our schools have always had medical care available to them.
Earlier this year, U.S. Board Member Peggy Walding challenged her Willow Creek Community Church Women’s Bible Study group to raise funds for a permanent clinic at the Juna Amagara Rubanda Care Point. Several women and their families stepped up to fund a large portion of the project. Land was purchased and now ground has been broken. U.S. fundraising to finish the project will continue throughout 2015.
We still seek funds for finishing, furnishing and equipping the facility. Please CLICK HERE to donate.
God prepared the ministry for this day with the people he has brought around the work. Ninsiima Brenda has worked with Juna Amagara for five years as a healthcare provider, location manager and children’s mentor. She is now in nursing school and, when finished, will be the Rubanda Medical Center manager. Godfrey Bampabwire, former manager of the government medical clinic in Bufundi, has been inspired to go to medical school, now in his second year. When he graduates, he too will call the Juna Amagara clinic home. Dr. Godfrey is overseeing the design of the building to make it state-of-the-art. Once the facility is established, it is expected that nursing and medical students will come from throughout Uganda to gain clinical experience.
The groundbreaking was a great day for Rubanda and for Juna Amagara. The ministry continues its mission to “save life” and show God’s love every day.