Maranatha Health is an Australian & Ugandan not-for-profit organisation that is committed to raising health outcomes, empowering the poor, and making positive, lasting change in Uganda.
Maranatha Health is registered as a charity and governed by a Board of Directors in Australia. Maranatha Health Uganda is a Non government Organisation registered in Uganda and overseen by a local board of Directors. The charities are linked by a shared mission.
- Registered Trading Name of NGO: Maranatha Health
- ATO approved ancillary fund name: Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund Australia
- ABN: 34 290 264 644
- Registered office address: 2A Bretwalder Ave, Leabrook, South Australia 5068
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 0449 965 757
- Website: www.maranathahealth.org
Maranatha Health Australia
Maranatha Health is a registered charitable organisation and has established an ATO approved tax-deductible ancillary fund named ‘Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund Australia’. Maranatha Health is incorporated as an association in South Australia and is overseen by our Board of Directors. Funds raised in Australia are transferred via Global Development Group, to Maranatha Health Uganda, to resource the project together with local income.
Our Directors are compassionate individuals committed to working towards a more just and equitable world. They bring a diverse and impressive range of knowledge, qualifications and experience to Maranatha Health Australia.
Our Australian Board members:
JULIE FREUND (Chair)
Julie brings a range of skills in administration, marketing, and experience in governance. She currently works in a private secondary school in a community building, events and marketing role. She also assists with running an electrical engineering consulting business. Julie has a qualification in library and information management.
While her family was young, she became involved in volunteering in supporting community groups as a way of connecting with others outside the home. These experiences led her to serve on the governing councils of playgroup, church committees, school and professional committees. As Secretary or Chair she has become actively involved in the strategic planning processes and responsibilities of governance. She enjoys meeting new people, learning about different organisations and working together to achieve a shared vision.
Together with her husband, she has supported various mission and ministry opportunities in Africa, and particularly in Uganda. She has supported the Maranatha Health vision from its inception.
GARRY HODGE (Treasurer)
Garry was employed in the Banking and Finance sector for 46 years until his retirement in 2016. From 1996 he worked for a major Bank in Wholesale Banking, responsible for managing a unit, as Head of Repo, Australia. As well as building and managing a client base, he also established and maintained relationships with clients and stakeholders both within and outside the Bank. During this period Garry was Chair of the Australian Financial Markets Association Repo Committee for a number of terms.
Garry has had involvement in administration on Church or denominational committees for many years, and, until recently, was Chair of the Diaconate of his local church, as well as serving on a denominational Audit and Risk Committee.
He is keenly interested in the values and activities of Maranatha Health, and has been involved in fundraising and financial support since its inception.
Susan has over 10 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist throughout Australia, and has completed a Masters of International Public Health and an additional Masters of Health Management. She currently works for Flinders University within the post-graduate Clinical Rehabilitation program.
Susan has travelled extensively, and has completed some voluntary work overseas in the field of global health, including the World Health Organization course ‘Integrating the Management of Childhood Illnesses’ in Honduras, which involved setting up health clinics for children in under-resourced regional areas; and an internship with the World Health Organization in the Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, within the HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Viral Hepatitis (HSV) programme.
Susan strongly supports the vision of Maranatha Health and considers it a privilege to be involved as a member of the Board.
Joe is a junior doctor working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, with aspirations to undertake Physician Training, meanwhile maintaining engagement with organisations that have a positive impact in the developing world. He has a passion for public health and medicine in the third world, drawing him to seek the opportunity to work at Maranatha Health, Uganda, for a four-week period in 2016. Through personal connection with Christian mission organisations, involvement in student global health groups and visits to several grassroots health development projects in Africa, Joe has developed a desire to see the disparity bridged in access to health care in the developing world.
Joe shares in the vision of Maranatha Health and is honoured to serve the organisation as a member of the Board.
Jeremy has a wealth of experience in the community services sector where he has held senior leadership positions and delivered strategy, management and innovative service delivery across a range of leading organisations in South Australia.
With a passion for social justice and community service, he is presently the Chief Operating Officer at ‘Novita’ which is one of South Australia’s largest providers of allied health, technology and community services for people with a disability. His responsibilities include communicating, leading and delivering operational activities, identifying new product and service opportunities and driving growth across the organisation and its subsidiary companies.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of South Australia, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide, and undertook advanced management training at Aarhus University in Denmark.
He is an active member of his local Church with his wife and three children. Jeremy is passionate about the work of Maranatha Health in both Uganda and Australia and considers it a great privilege to contribute as a Board Member.
Michael Findlay has been passionate about medicine and Africa from a very young age. Michael was fortunate that at the end of high school he was accepted into Medicine at the University of Adelaide and upon completion of his degree he went on to specialise as a General Practitioner. Michael has also completed a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and currently works in the field of Addiction Medicine.
Michael first visited Uganda in early 2003 and made frequent trips back until he and Kim moved there in 2011. Michael enjoyed the challenge presented by the Maranatha Health project, although the suffering of young children was always heart breaking. Michael is proud of the work Maranatha Health has achieved in Uganda and is keen to see what impact it will continue to have into the future. Michael, Kim and family moved back to Adelaide in 2018 but continue to be heavily engaged in all things Maranatha Health.
Beyond Maranatha Health, Michael enjoys sport, reading, politics, and spending time with his family and three young sons.
Maranatha Health Uganda
Maranatha Health Uganda is governed by a local Board of Directors and Articles of Association. The Ugandan Board ensures that Maranatha Health Uganda meets Ugandan NGO requirements, and is controlled and owned by representatives from Western Uganda.
Collectively the Board members have given time, resources, and their expertise to develop and oversee the mission of Maranatha Health Uganda.
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Partnership with GDG
Maranatha Health (Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund) is proud to be a partner for 'J704N Maranatha Capacity Building, Uganda' with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian NGO approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (as administered by DFAT) to carry out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long-term solutions.
Global Development Group takes responsibility of the project according to DFAT rules, providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure the projects are carried out to DFAT requirements.