Kagando Rural Development Centre is a health and education project managed by the Church of Uganda, based around Kagando Hospital. It was here that I worked 1992-94. I saw huge needs for basic health care that we take for granted in this country. It was a steep learning curve and I was supported by some wonderful Ugandan colleagues, some of whom I am still in touch with and continue to work at the hospital.
Approaching the big 50 I have been in denial that it is really happening to me, worried that I am suddenly "becoming old". But then I was challenged to look at it differently and celebrate one of life's great landmarks, at the same time trying to make a small difference for those much less likely to reach 50 in Uganda. This year Kagando Hospital celebrates its 50th birthday so instead of giving me a present please bless the patients of Kagando with a donation to "Friends of Kagando".
This is a UK based charitable trust managed by a board of Trustees who are past long-term workers at Kagando or regular visitors. As well as raising funds, it sends equipment and arranges visits from colleagues with particular expertise. It has a supporting role but Kagando is run by Ugandans and always the focus has been to encourage independence rather than dependence on Western Aid. See their website for more details athttp://www.friendsofkagando.org.uk
You can see a few photos of a younger Jane in the gallery below...yes it really is me. I wonder whether it was me sometimes, it seems such a different world to the one I am in now. But I don't want to ever forget my Kagando experiences lest I become too comfortable here in the West where we have so much in the material sense.
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