Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation was incorporated on May 23, 2008. Our 501c(3) charitable foundation was founded and spearheaded by medical doctor and humanitarian, Dr. Elizabeth Garcia- Janis. Dr. Renee Campbell is the current CEO and dedicated leader of our PGHF non-profit organization.
In July of 2007, even before the Foundation’s incorporation, Dr Garcia-Janis began her personal charge and a clean water team collaborated with Rural Health Care Foundation, a grassroots organization in Mubende, Uganda in the setting up of a McGuire water purifier. During that time, collaborative efforts and creative needs assessment of the Mubende community was done with RHCF led by Dr. Dickson Ssenoga and Dr.Garcia-Janis.
Dr. Garcia-Janis observed: “We visited his clinic in Kampala and it became even more clear that though malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and AIDS were being treated, people were still drinking contaminated water. We went to see the waterholes in Mubende where women and children fetched contaminated water in their jerry cans. The issue of the need for women empowerment was addressed as well as the plight of the orphaned children of AIDS.”
For 1 1/2 years, RCHF and Dr. Garcia-Janis communicated and collaborated on an ongoing basis to empower the grassroots to organize an international conference to raise awareness and uplift the cause of healthy and clean water for the world. Several friends and family members consistently communicated with the grassroots with much dedication and gave steadfast support and hope. Friendships were forged. The conference was actualized with the incredible hard work of the staff of RHCF and the Mubende community. Grassroots attended and province leaders graced the conference. All attendees addressed the issue of healthy and safe water while cultural immersions were facilitated for those who attended.
The Louisville LIGHT team (Alex Molina, Heather Collins, Stacy Seitz, and Will Roth- Will is from Aruba) visited an orphanage and a very remote village with people who were diagnosed with AIDS. A McGuire water purifier was donated to one of the Lake Victoria islands and another to RHCF. Baggages filled with medical supplies from Supplies Over Seas were donated to RHCF. The team also donated clothes, children’s books, and a documentary is in process to share with the world about how we can serve those who are in need in Uganda.
Empowerment of women was manifested by the enthusiastic leadership of Liz Ssenoga, founder of AAWI (African Art Women’s Initiative) who opened a grassroots Ugandan art hut gallery. More than 75 women have joined her from various districts all learning skills to make living to support their families.
Positive changes happened in only 1 1/2 years. RHCF had received funding for more shallow wells and spring wells. Children looked like they gained weight compared to the previous visit. More education happened about safe water. The vision for increased models of grassroots health care community to teach and share lessons learned will continue in communities in Uganda and other African countries.
PGHF’s goal has been to empower people in their noble dream to serve those who suffer from the ravages of poverty and illness towards the Light of health and sustainability.