KITOJO INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT ACTION (KIDA) is a grassroot organization that is empowering Ugandans to prevent the spread of HIV, reclaim their lives from the disease and live a better life.
Reverend Ezra Musobozi, an ordained Anglican priest, and his wife Marjorie, both native Ugandans, founded KIDA in 1999 and currently direct the operations of its programs with a small staff and several volunteers. KIDA is a registered nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO) certified in 2001 by the Republic of Uganda.
Kitojo Integrated Development Action is a registered indigenous Non Profit making Organization. It was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in the name of Kitojo Integrated Development Association on the 27th August 2001 before acquiring the current name in 2019. It was also registered with the Uganda National Bureau of Non-Government Organizations as an NGO on 8th Oct 2020
“Empowered people taking care of their own lives.”
KIDA is located in Kitojo, a rural community with limited access to healthcare services. Our reach, however, extends into many other communities. Some of the challenges our clients and our communities face are HIV/AIDS, poor health and nutrition, poverty, an inadequate food supply, illiteracy and the inability to receive a quality education. But, unlike other organizations, we believe in an integrated and holistic approach to addressing the challenges of the communities we serve. Our programs emphasize personal responsibility and include:
- HIV education through drama, testing, and counselling
- An on-site, staffed clinic
- Access to anti-retroviral therapies and treatment for opportunistic infections
- A home-care visiting program
- School support and counselling for vulnerable children
- Micro-lending and saving, and entrepreneur mentoring
- Agriculture training and mentoring in organic farming
- Literacy and job skills training for youth and adults
KIDA is located in Kabarole District in Western Uganda. Our clients come to us primarily from parishes located within three sub-counties: Ruteete Sub-county: Kyamukoka, Rurama, Kiko parishes
Kasenda Sub-county: Kasenda, Nyabweeya, Isuunga parishes
Buheesi Sub-county: Nyamiseke, Kabahango, Kiyombya parishes
In response to KIDA’s monthly radio announcements, people also come from more outlying areas such as Busoro sub-county, Kibiito sub-county, Kahungye sub-county and even from the districts of Kamwenge and Ibanda to access HIV testing and attend positive living seminars.
In an international partnership, KIDA is financially supported by the Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation, a 501c3 US-based nonprofit public charity based in California’s San Fransisco Bay Area.
We are the funding partners of KIDA (KITOJO INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT ACTION), a Ugandan-run non-governmental organization. KIDA fights HIV/AIDS and poverty in the rural communities of the Ruteete Subcounty of the Kabarole District in Western Uganda. We fully support KIDA’s mission, which is to “enable vulnerable individuals and communities to take care of their own lives”. The Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation raises funds to financially support KIDA’s annual operating budget. We occasionally send short-term mission teams to participate in KIDA’s effective programs. We are all volunteers and fund our own trips to Uganda. (To schedule an educational slide presentation or to join a mission team, contact our founder Karen Gleason by visiting our website at friendsofruwenzori.org.)
Our inspiration comes from the people in Uganda who are bravely fighting the AIDS epidemic with very limited financial resources but with deep faith in God as their helper, hope in the future and a genuine love for the people in this poor rural community. We greatly admire KIDA’s director, Rev. Ezra Musobozi and his wife Marjorie, who together provide the vision and effectively mobilize people into compassionate service.
We named our organization after the beautiful mountain range that towers over this area: the Ruwenzori mountains. “Ruwenzori” is a distortion of a Rutooro word that means “rainmaker”. The mountains are so named because the tallest peaks are almost perpetually covered with clouds. The faithful people who live and farm the land here believe that the rain brings the blessings of God.
- Kranich Aids Africa – Germany
- Baylor Uganda
- Medical Access
- Reproductive Health Uganda
- Kabarole District Local GVT