2014 Projects

MOST OF THE PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2014 WERE IN THE VILLAGE OF RUANDA (PRONOUNCED RHONDA)

RUANDA HOSPITAL IS LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF RUANDA, APPROXIMATELY 59 MILES FROM THE DISTRICT CAPITAL, MBINGA. THIS IS A 100-BED HOSPITAL BUILT IN 1980 AND SERVES A POPULATION OF OVER 8,000.

Laboratory comletedLaboratory RenovationsThe renovations included new trusses, a new raised roof and ceiling, repair of cracks to the interior and exterior walls, new cement flooring throughout, See more


Old Ill-equipped LabSolar system for Laboratory in Ruanda The old laboratory did not have electricity so we had a new solar system installed to power the additional laboratory equipment that has been installed. See more


Crowded classroomWindows and doors for new classrooms The secondary school in Ruanda consists of four small buildings that were once used as stables for animals. See more


Child named EuphrasiaChildren of Ruanda Remember the two children who have birth defects in their legs and feet, Euphrasia and Leah. See more


Choo (toilet) for Kintergarten in UtiliOther Small Projects 2014 Operation Upendo has funded several small projects during 2014. See more


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LONG TERM GOALS
Providing
Potable Water
Providing Potable Water to Villages: In most villages in the Njombe and Ruvuma regions water is currently only available from unsanitary sources such as the one the boy is accessing and from rivers several kilometers away. Water is usually fetched by women in five gallon buckets carried on their heads. Even then the water may not be potable. Non-potable water is the number one cause of waterborne disease.
Providing
Reliable Power
Providing Reliable Power: Electric power is one of the necessary keys to a general improvement in the conditions of the inhabitants, schools, medical facilities and businesses. The potential for hydro-power is apparent and seemingly not fully exploited. Solar and wind also could be looked at, especially for smaller demands at locations distant from convenient access to electric power transmission. Producing electricity with natural gas should also be investigated.
Utilizing Local
Resources
Operation Upendo will as much as possible use local resources to accomplish its goals. That means hiring local workers and using local suppliers. In this way Operation Upendo will not only accomplish its goals but will also help improve the economy of the area to the benefit of all the people of this forgotten land.

We recognize that there are non-government organizations in Tanzania, also known as NGOs, that know what the people of Tanzania need in order to improve their quality of life. However, in many cases these NGOs are unable to progress with their project plans due to lack of financial and/or project support. Operation Upendo intends to select and qualify existing NGOs to work with directly to accomplish its goals. In this way we are not "reinventing the wheel".