My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Kellermann Foundation, Richardson, TX, USA
I spent a month at the Kellermann Foundation (KF) in Bwindi, Uganda as a volunteer for an economic development project of the KF's Batwa Development Program. I ate almost all my meals at the KF Guesthouse where I interacted with most of the doctors, both Ugandan and visitors, and administrative staff of the Bwindi Community Hospital which was founded by the KF and is operated by the KF with Ugandan entities. In addition I met many of the approximate 200 students at the Nursing School.
I have worked and traveled extensively in the Third World for over 40 years and been exposed to many nonprofits which were poorly managed, especially top heavy with non-local people. This is not the case with the KF's work in Bwindi, Uganda. The Bwindi Community Hospital, although smaller, is similar in level of care and operational efficiencies, including cleanliness, to the Partnership in Health hospital I visited in Butaro, Rwanda.
There is a lot of hard work in medicine as well as economic outreach done by the KF, and Uganda presents as many, if not more, operational challenges than I've seen in any Third World country. The KF does a good job with metrics / statistics to measure its successes. For me personally though during my volunteer month I saw its good work daily in the mostly joyous faces of the Ugandans, especially the Batwa / pygmies people whose health and well being was the original focus of the KF.