Some of their initial concerns were:

  • Patients were not getting adequate protein for efficient healing due to cost of services
  • The burn unit was critically low on wound care supplies and medications
  • Minimally systemized patient education program
  • Infrequent therapy services were being delivered
  • Patients return home to non-sterile environments which increases risk of infection

On their first mission trip together in September 2015 through Medical Missions Foundation, Carla and Amy decided to start organizing a Milk and Eggs program to provide protein to all of the patients in the LACOR burn unit. This program is still alive and well today and has been funded until now through private donations from Carla, Amy, and their family and friends. Fast forward 18 months, and this program has become the inspiration for the Gulu Project—broadening and expanding the services and access to essentials for adequate burn recovery to the people of Gulu and the surrounding areas.

Carla and Amy have been able to acquire a small parcel of land located about one mile from St Mary’s LACOR hospital, and their plans are to create an outpatient center and long-term care village for patients who can no longer stay at the hospital for financial and/or family issues.

History of the Gulu Project

Originally, Carla and Amy went to Northern Uganda on slightly different medical missions, but they eventually teamed up in 2015 to work together in the burn unit at St Mary’s LACOR hospital just outside of Gulu. They had each been to Gulu a couple of times separately, but it wasn’t until that first trip together that the ideas starting rolling to create a sustainable, long-term solution for the area’s underserved victims of burns.

Fortunately for many locals, St. Mary’s LACOR burn unit offers the region’s best healthcare available. But many people have to travel from miles away, and being so far from home makes caring for the entire family a game of logistics. Families sometimes stay for many months at the hospital, caring for their loved ones. This is not only hard emotionally, but can be a huge financial burden on the entire family. Families run out of money, food, and other resources, and are forced to take their children out of the hospital and return home to their support system.

Meet our team

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Carla Northington

Co-Founder of Gulu Project, RN
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Amy Paulson

Co-Founder of Gulu Project, Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Amy Paulson graduated with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1996. She has specialized in hand therapy since 1998, and has been working as a Certified Hand Therapist in the Kansas City area since 2001.

Amy decided to go on her first medical mission in September 2013 with Medical Mission Foundation of Lenexa, KS. Although her role on the mission was yet to be determined, she visited the burns unit the first day of that mission and immediately fell in love with the patients, families, and staff. Amy started implementing occupational therapy play techniques to increase range of motion, improve lung capacity, improve functional motion, and provide some distraction for the healing patients. Over the past few years, Amy has been able to recruit other physical therapists to travel to Gulu to offer services as well. Her goal through the medical mission has been to help educate the local therapists to advanced therapy techniques and to teach orthotic fabrication as well.

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Director of Administration & Technology

Jimmy Kinyera

Director of Operations in Uganda

Tonny Okello

Director of Finance in Uganda

Filder Piloya

Community Outreach Coordinator

Our work speaks for itself

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Eggs Provided

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Milk Provided

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Patients Served

Weeks until we complete Phase II/III