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The Mobile Van Clinic Project (MVCP) campaign was an outcome of a resolution that was adapted by the 7th Ttabamiruka International Conference held in Boston in September 2012. Ggwanga Mujje Boston (GMB) was given the responsibility of spearheading and coordinating a fundraising campaign targeting all Baganda living in North America ( USA and Canada) and their friends. The goal was to raise a sum of $120,000 from generous Ugandans in the diaspora and to reach out to charity organizations to raise funds for the  purchase of  a Mobile Van Clinic to be donated to Buganda Kingdom. The consensus in the resolution at the Ttabamiruka Convention was that every family  was expected to contribute at least US $300. The campaign was therefore envisaged to mobilize 400 families to meet the $120,000 needed. 

  Purpose Of The Project

The ultimate goal of this project was to help decrease morbidity and to reduce mortality among medically under-served populations of Buganda by providing access to primary healthcare services. The main emphasis was on treatment and prevention of communicable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, whooping cough, cholera, worm infection, ear infection, dental, eye infection and skin disease, particularly among children and mothers who are worst affected by the current situation. The van was to be a mobile clinic that could help increase the accessibility and affordability of high-quality basic medical services directly to rural populations. This mobile van clinic was to serve as the only point of entry into the healthcare system for some targeted rural communities.

How The Fundraising Was Conducted

A core committee that lead the campaign was set up by GMB volunteers that included: Henry M. Ndawula (Chairperson), Dan Nvule (Treasurer), Kato Kajubi (Secretary), Mathias Ssekanjako (Publicity), Emmanuel Wasswa, Stephen Kabwama, Hebert Ddungu Stephen Wasswa Mukasa, Doreen Nsubuga, Moses Kalemba and Dorothy Lubowa. The committee was initially planned to be expanded to include representatives of other sister Ggwanga Mujje chapters throughout North America. This was not realized as the project eventually got localized when the Mengo government embraced the Diaspora community into the Toffali initiative.

The volunteer MVPC made and followed a schedule of regular team meetings and utilized other avenues that included but not limited to the following activities;

  • Local community outreach to individuals and Ugandan community associations.

  • Online publicity- A website www.mobilevanclinic.org was put in place.

  • A fundraising schedule that timed local community activities wisely not to avoid collision with other community events was put in place and implemented. The first fundraising function was kicked off by O'wekitiibwa Wycliffe Lule Kiyingi Musoke then  the Kabaka’s Representative in this region.

  • Social networking was emphasized especially through routine community functions.

The campaign was implemented while maintaining a high degree of transparency. A bank account with three signatories that included the MVPC chairperson, treasurer and the then chairman of GMB was opened up and operated at Citizens Bank. An online thermometer that reported contributions in real time was put on the website. The MVCP committee engaged people through the various sub-communities groupings like churches, the youth around Boston and solicited support from Baganda organizations in North America for participation. The committee organized fundraising functions to target the larger Ugandan community.

The MVCP embraced the visit of the Kamalabyonna of Buganda and his team to energize the campaign and adapted it as the official “ttoffali” for the “Ssaza” lya Kabaka of North East USA. This is the same area that is covered by GMB. The MVCP committee also developed a list of 400 possible contributors from the large Baganda community in the diaspora to urge them contribute the $300 as initially envisaged at the 2012 Ttabamiruka Convention. A project proposal that targeted specific individuals and donating companies outside the Ugandan community to support these efforts was written and adapted. The MVCP committee also embraced a reward program that:

  • Embarked on an internet crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo. It was not successful.

  • Used the bika bya Buganda (clans) model as the main vehicle to carry on the fundraising campaign.

  • Promised groups/businesses donating $5000 and more to be branded on the van. Unfortunately, not a single group or business took advantage of this offer.

  • Offered gold certificates with a special message of recognition to donations of $500 and above.

  • Promised to forward all names of donors to Mengo for recognition.

Results and Outcomes

The campaign enumerated above amongst other things helped the MVCP committee to reach out to many people although few responded basing on the number of Baganda in our area. The fundraising committee bore most of the operating costs for this project save for the charges paid for the Indiegogo campaign, Paypal fees and funds transfer charges.

 Summary Of Contributions

MVCP collections


Pledges at first Katikkiro’s visit

$ 59,621

Amount paid from those pledges above

$ 37,458

Unpaid pledges

($ 22,163)

Other MVCP fundraising efforts paid

$ 22,985



Amount received after 2nd Katikkiro’s visit


Total amount received in the MVCP account



The campaign was initially envisaged to begin immediately but delayed because GMB Chapter Inc. had not formally got the status that allowed it to collect funds from the public for projects of this nature. The application approval for 501(C) status took longer than was initially anticipated. The campaign for raising funds began in late November 2013. The returns flowed in at a slower pace than expected. The partners outside Massachusetts did not own the project and therefore they didn’t fully participate in the fund-raising  as was envisaged at inception. However, we got some contributions out of Massachusetts as indicated on the list. We are very grateful for these donations. Many pledges were made but not fulfilled which led to the $120,000 goal not being reached.

Execution of the Project

Having failed to reach the goal of raising $120,000, the MVCP committee resorted to plan B (looking for an MVC that could be bought with the amounts collected). Searches were made on the internet and other sources to obtain a van from Japan as suggested by Mengo. These were not fruitful.  The MVCP committee contacted Ssaabasajja Kabaka’s Ministry of Health through the office of the 1st Deputy Katikkiro for their opinion and recommendations. Ow’ekitiibwa Dr. Ben Mukwaya Kiwanuka, the Minister of Health of Mengo,  provided a connection to a company in Japan dealing in used mobile clinics whose cost was in the range of the amount of money we had. The MVCP committee studied the inventory and negotiated with this company but concluded that it was not a viable option. The vans that they had were either too old in the committee's opinion or not affordable. For example, the best van was made in 1989, had over 250000km mileage and was priced at $80,000.

The MVCP team then made a proposal for a business plan that could be partly financed by Mengo. In this plan, the MVCP was to buy a brand new van costing $80,000 using the money we collected topped up by a contribution from Mengo. This plan was turned down by Mengo.

The committee had no choice but to resort to plan C. This plan involved buying a brand new ambulance that fitted within the amount collected. The Ambulance was purchased and transported to Mengo. It was handed over by our mubaka Ow'ekitiibwa Omulongo Kato Kajubi to the Kattikiro of Buganda Ow'ekitiibwa J.P. Mayiga who received it on behalf of Kabaka’s government on 7/04/2016.

The ambulance is a Toyota Land Cruiser Hardtop LC 78 IS A 4X4 vehicle, diesel engine, 2014/2015 Model Year. The MVCP team purchased it from Big Sea General Trading LLC operating as Big Sea Medical (www.bigseamedical.com) of Dubai UAE. The cost of the  truck was $53.500. This included the vehicle itself, conversion to ambulance and on-board equipment. The shipping charges amounted to $5,900 (CIF Kampala). That came to a total of $59,400. Although  Ambulances are  imported tax free, the Uganda Revenue Authority charged UGX 12,527,019 that included Sh 12,174,019/= Withholding tax, Sh 300,000/= Registration fees, Sh 18,000/= Form fees, and Sh 35,000/= Stamp duty. The grand total cost of the Ambulance came to of $63,300. We therefore ended up with a deficit of $1840 before our transmission charges are factored in. This deficit was funded from the GMB checking account.

The record of the MVCP activities are available as Appendices to this report. Most of these documents have been posted to our website www.Ggwangamujjeboston.org under the link of A mbulance Papers . The documents were passed over to Kabaka’s Government for purposes of accountability, transparency and record keeping. These documents and more are available on request to the contributors.

  1. Consolidated list of contributors

  2. List of unmet pledges

  3. Purchase invoice from Big Sea company to Ggwangamujje

  4. Forex receipt

  5. Receipt from Ggwanika Lya Buganda

  6. Copy of Log book

  7. Uganda Revenue Authority Clearing invoice

  8. Vehicle specifications

Thank you very much for your contributions. You trusted us with your funds, and we executed.



MVCP Chairperson Henry Ndawula handing a Certificate of Recognition to Rev. Fr. Joseph Kayongo who received it on behalf of the Uganda Catholic Community of Boston. The Association donated $1500 through a campaign spearheaded by Fr. David Ssentamu.

(Photo taken at the conclusion of the annual Ggwanga Mujje Picnic and Bika bya Buganda Games held at Felipino Park, Watertown, MA on August 20th 2016, courtesy of William Ssebuwufu)


Report compiled by:

1. Henry M. Ndawula (MVCP Chairperson)

2. Daniel N. Nvule (Treasurer MVCP)

3. Stephen Wasswa Mukasa ( Former president GMB)

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