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The Association

Amici di Angal Association NPO was founded in 2001 (since 2004 has been recognized NPO(*) – see the Statute – available only in Italian) by Dr. Mario Marsiaj and his wife Claudia, who have been working for 40 years in a country Hospital in Nort Uganda, St Luke’s Hospital in Angal, a small village in a very poor land in the bush, with a high concentration of people.
[italian]Il S. Luke’s è sorto per opera dei Padri Missionari Comboniani e delle Pie madri della Nigrizia negli anni ’60 ed è stato seguito dal punto di vista sanitario da Medici con l’Africa Cuamm (ONG (*) di Padova) che vi ha inviato Medici italiani volontari per un programma di Cooperazione.[/italian][english]S. Luke’s hospital was built by Comboni Missionaries Fathers and Nigrizia Sisters in the sixties and has been largely helped by an Italian organization, Medici con l’Africa Cuamm (NGO (*) from Padova) which has been sending italian volunteer Doctors for a Cooperation programme throughout almost 30 years.[/english]
[italian]Fra i primi, Marsiaj (’66-’73), che ha continuato a tornarvi per periodi più o meno lunghi. Da quando sei anni fa le Suore hanno lasciato la missione il programma di cooperazione di Medici con l’Africa Cuamm si è concluso, Marsiaj segue personalmente la delicata fase di africanizzazione dell’Ospedale trascorrendo due o tre periodi all’anno ad Angal a fianco dei Colleghi africani, per aiutarli a rendersi progressivamente autonomi nella gestione e nell’amministrazione. Per ora l’autonomia economica è un’utopia.[/italian][english]Mario and Claudia Marsiaj where among the first (’66-’73) to arrive to Angal, and since then they have done several missions lasting from some months to years. Since year 2000, when the Sisters left the mission and the cooperation programme by Medici con l’Africa Cuamm came to an end, the Marsiaj returned several times to Angal for two or three periods every year, to follow closely the “africanisation” process in the hospital, helping the local collagues to get independent in the hospital management and administration. For the time being, the financial autonomy is far from being reached.[/english]
[italian]Non avendo più una ONG alle spalle, per poter reperire i fondi per “far vivere” l’Ospedale e portare avanti i vari progetti iniziati tanti anni fa, rivolti soprattutto ai bambini, la costituzione di una Associazione è diventata indispensabile, anche per assicurare una continuità nel lavoro di supporto ai medici africani, che sono in numero assolutamente insufficiente. L’Associazione è una struttura ancora piuttosto limitata (una cinquantina di Soci, per lo più Medici che hanno lavorato ad Angal), praticamente senza spese di gestione e facilmente controllabile da parte dei soci e dei donatori.[/italian][english]Since when the helping NGOs concluded their projects in Angal, it has become mandatory to found a new Association to gather the necessary funds to allow the Hospital to get on its precious work, and most especially to collect fundings to carry on a number of projects which had been started several years before, most of which targeted to children. Besides that it was also necessary to ensure continuity in supporting the local doctors, which are totally insufficient in number. The Association has still a very limited structure, being composed of a handful of associates (around fifty), most of which are doctors who spent some time working in Angal. It has nearly no management expenses and it’s very easily manageable by the associates and by donors.[/english]
[italian](*) ONLUS = Organizzazione Non Lucrativa di Utilità Sociale
(*) ONG = Organizzazione Non Governativa[/italian]
[english](*) NPO = Non-Profit Organisation
(*) NGO = Non-Governative Organisation[/english]

Amici di Angal Association NPO was founded in 2001 (since 2004 has been recognized NPO(*) – see the Statute – available only in Italian) by Dr. Mario Marsiaj and his wife Claudia, who have been working for 40 years in a country Hospital in Nort Uganda, St Luke’s Hospital in Angal, a small village in a very poor land in the bush, with a high concentration of people.

S. Luke’s hospital was built by Comboni Missionaries Fathers and Nigrizia Sisters in the sixties and has been largely helped by an Italian organization, Medici con l’Africa Cuamm (NGO (*) from Padova) which has been sending italian volunteer Doctors for a Cooperation programme throughout almost 30 years.

Mario and Claudia Marsiaj where among the first (’66-’73) to arrive to Angal, and since then they have done several missions lasting from some months to years. Since year 2000, when the Sisters left the mission and the cooperation programme by Medici con l’Africa Cuamm came to an end, the Marsiaj returned several times to Angal for two or three periods every year, to follow closely the “africanisation” process in the hospital, helping the local collagues to get independent in the hospital management and administration. For the time being, the financial autonomy is far from being reached.

Since when the helping NGOs concluded their projects in Angal, it has become mandatory to found a new Association to gather the necessary funds to allow the Hospital to get on its precious work, and most especially to collect fundings to carry on a number of projects which had been started several years before, most of which targeted to children. Besides that it was also necessary to ensure continuity in supporting the local doctors, which are totally insufficient in number. The Association has still a very limited structure, being composed of a handful of associates (around fifty), most of which are doctors who spent some time working in Angal. It has nearly no management expenses and it’s very easily manageable by the associates and by donors.

(*) NPO = Non-Profit Organisation

(*) NGO = Non-Governative Organisation