As a community of Our Lady of Africa Mbuya church, what comes to mind when you hear the name ReachOut Mbuya (ROM)?
That is the question we asked key stakeholders at the Reachout strategy retreat. The answers were varied, underscoring the need for deeper engagement with all concerned on a continuous basis. As a member of the Mbuya community, you are one of our stakeholders: What comes to mind when you hear the name Reachout? What changes would you like to see at Reachout? What kind of support can you give to Reachout? In the next five years, where would you like to see Reachout interms of brand visibility, service offering and technology in use?
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ROM was started as a project initiative initiative uner Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya in May 2001, with a goal of restoring hope to people suffering greatly from HIV/Aids majority of whom did not have access to medical care due o lack of funds to pay fees at local hospitals and for transport. Over the years, ROM’s role has transformed in line with the needs of our clients.
When Patients first get enrolled at ROM, they need urgent medical attention. However, once they get good care and regain their health, new pressures arise; they need on-going medication, they need incomes to run their families and keep their children/ dependants in school; as well as put food on the table. How does Reachout meet these growing needs?
The answer is you. We need your support and participation in whatever way you can. We need volunteers, resource mobilizers, educators, advisors and professionals to help grow the organization.
Presently, over 85% of ROM’s funding comes from a US based donor. With the changes in the American leadership, and the new politics of ‘America first’, no one is certain of the continuity of cooperation in the areas of health support. We must proactively work together to diversify revenue sources and focus on local resource mobilization, increase un restricted financing from social entrepreneurship, while adopting modern ways of managing NGOs running them as a busimess on the revenue side and as NGOs on the expenditure side, with a fiocus on stakeholder value for money.
We invite you to contact the Parish Priest, our Executive Director or me directly, the Finance chair of the Board, with any ideas or support you think could reposition ROM for unprecedented future success as we forge a new way forward in our strategic plan 2017-2020. Our normal services to continue next week.