Wafula Health Clinic Initiative

$1,175 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 34 months


To establish a healthcare center in the rural region of the Bududa District of Uganda in order to offer inhabitants easily accessible care, educational programs, and advice from knowledgable staff and clinicians. 


Kelly Austin                                 kfa212@lehigh.edu

James Wafula                            wfljames@yahoo.com

Kevin Silva                                   ksawow13@yahoo.com


We assume the phrase, “it takes a village,” to invoke diverse meanings to a multitude of individuals. However, for James Wafula, it meant life: a home, an education, and people who cared for him as an orphan boy in the hilly village of his birth, Kona Kai, located in the Bududa District of Mt Elgon, Uganda.

Through his life, James has made the most of every opportunity, which resulted in him being fortunate enough to acquire an education and a reputable career as a health care technician. With an occupation established, he has one objective in mind, to pay back the village that raised him with a much-needed healthcare clinic. Even considering the notion that he has had multiple opportunities to take advantage of his knowledge and experience, to work in financially stable, and secure jobs in large, and established cities. Nonetheless, maintaining the health and prosperity of those in his native village is of utmost priority. 

It seems like a simple thing.

Transportation on Mount Elgon is mainly by walking.   The clinic where James works is in a separate village and for people in his community it can be a grueling six-hour round trip walk. Which, to stress, is longer than a flight from New York City to Las Vegas.

When luck is on their side,  or they are unfortunate enough to endure the onset of a medical emergency, an individual can pay for a taxi, a scooter ride, or an ambulance. Nevertheless, on most days, people begin walking before dawn in order to get in line to the nearest clinic. 


Professor Kelly Austin of Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) and her students interested in the field of global health studies are aiding James in raising money, implementing health-conscious programs, and training the day-to-day staff of the soon-to-be established clinic. The rest of us can help by giving the cost of six-pack, a cup of coffee, or a movie ticket to help James Wafula achieve one of his many dreams for people of Kona Kai and Mt Elgon; a sense of security through the implementation of a vital healthcare clinic. 
If we were to obtain $10 from 500 people we can get the clinic built and open on the already-donated land with its existing building.  

 It is within our power to grant this wish.  Please help.


Cement                             50 bags                          $600
Paint                                                                              $450  
Brushes                            10                                     $35
Framing                            20 bundles                   $200
Nails                                                                              $100
Wood Preservative                                               $85
Metal Door                                                                $170
Windows                          8                                        $800
Stones                               6 trips                              $300
Sand Paper                     20 meters                      $25
Timber Board                150 feet                         $100
Flash Doors                     8                                        $320
Plywood                          14 pieces                         $235
Roofer Windows        14                                        $235
Sand                                  20 trips                             $700

Unexpected Costs/Campaign Fees               $645

Total Budget                                                              $5000

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James Wafula
27 months ago

this is to all friends in the world,help me to start this non profitable clinic in my village.let us help the needy.thank you for donating

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$1,175 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 34 months
Created April 30, 2015
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Jackie Duple
27 months ago

Best of luck, James!

Catherine(Kitty) Ingram
31 months ago

Good work. Bless you.

Trafton Hopkins
32 months ago

Good Job Kelly. xo

Amy Gelb
32 months ago

Go Katie Z!

Lorri and Rob Zabronsky
32 months ago

Good luck James. We are looking forward to seeing the clinic open.

James Wafula
27 months ago

this is to all friends in the world,help me to start this non profitable clinic in my village.let us help the needy.thank you for donating

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