Operation Upendo, Inc. (OUI) was incorporated in 2011 and its request for tax exempt status was granted by the IRS in January 2012.
OUI's primary goal is to provide assistance to the people of Tanzania Africa that will empower them to develop their infrastructure, medical and educational resources in all of Tanzania. In other words, we want to "Develop the People" of Tanzania so that they can "Develop a Nation."
Personnel of Operation Upendo have been on the ground in Tanzania for over three years observing the conditions and conducting relatively small projects— the construction of a duplex for medical staff, the refurbishing of the laboratory of a hospital in the village of Ruanda, and the completion of a water project in the village of Mtua—in the southwest portion of Tanzania. In the process OUI has learned what the underlying problems are (lack of quality healthcare, shortage of medical staff, lack of potable water, etc.) and have a good idea of how these problems can be solved.
OUI intends to find and recruit people who know how to solve the problems and can assist and teach the people of Tanzania to help themselves. The people we intend to recruit will at first plan, supervise, and work on the projects and, in the process, teach the Tanzanian people how to do the same in future projects.
OUI believes that there is a reservoir of unused talent in the United States who can do this work, mainly those who have retired from their occupations in teaching, engineering, construction, and medicine, for example.
OUI intends to start with the building of a 150-bed hospital to replace the existing old, outdated, and seriously inadequate St. John's Hospital in the village of Lugarawa.
The shockingly high infant and maternal death rates are of utmost importance to Operation Upendo. For this reason, the new hospital will specialize in women and children's medicine. Improved care for women includes regular prenatal care, the use of C-section deliveries where needed, and post-natal care for the mothers. Expanded use of incubators, as well as critical medications and treatments during the first 3 weeks of a baby's life will greatly improve infant survival rates.
The hospital will also serve as a teaching institute for the nursing and laboratory school located in Lugarawa, to assist in the proper training of nurses, midwives, and laboratory technicians so that they can do a better job out in the field.