Dear supporters and friends,
After much thinking, discussion and prayer, we have decided to move our family back to Australia permanently in April 2018 and continue overseeing Maranatha Health Uganda from Australia. This was one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make regarding Maranatha Health and our journey so far, but we know that it is best both for our family and for MH Uganda.
From the beginning our dream for Maranatha Health Uganda was to see the organisation grow into a fully Ugandan organisation: owned, operated, led and safe-guarded by a well-resourced, up-skilled, passionate team of Ugandans with the capacity to model to their community what health care in this context could, and should, look like. Through many setbacks and hurdles we have watched this vision unfold. It has been utterly inspiring and life-giving to be part of this team for the past 7 years, and we are extremely proud of the MH Uganda staff, and the compassion, professionalism, skill and positive workplace culture that is so evident. More than any other achievement the greatest success of MH Uganda so far is the capacity of this team, and, along with MH Australia, we have full confidence in their ability to take MH Uganda into the future.
On a personal level, life in Uganda has certainly become more challenging since we added children to the mix! Raising three children in a very different culture can be difficult. We place a high value on education and want our children to be given the same opportunities that we enjoyed. We love our work and love living in Uganda; but as parents we feel that this is the best decision for our family at this time.
As we have reminded our staff many times over the past month, we are not stepping away from MH Uganda. We feel we will be much more effective in our roles as Directors from Australia, working a few days a week to provide oversight, support and guidance to MH Uganda via technology. We have also reassured our staff that we are not leaving Uganda culturally burnt-out, but rather more positive than ever about MH Uganda and our love of the country that has become our second home. We look forward to frequent visits in the coming years to celebrate new milestones in this fantastic organisation.
We thank you for your understanding and continued, wholehearted support for Maranatha Health. There are exciting things on the horizon, and we look forward to sharing them with you over the coming months.
- Michael and Kim Findlay