The CLARE NSENGA FOUNDATION is a humble dedication to the late Sister Clare Nsenga. Sister Clare was born in Cyanika, a village in the Kisoro district of Southwestern Uganda. At the age of 15 years she joined the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Good Council. She served in various parishes in Kabale Diocese, Uganda, until 1983 when she was sent to United States of America to pursue graduate studies. It was her hope to establish a charity which would address the concerns of her people in her native Uganda, especially those of her birth village of Cyanika. Her desire was to make it possible for the rural poor of Uganda to have access to adequate health services and education. Upon her return to her native Uganda, her life was cut short by breast cancer before her dreams could be fully realized. The foundation serves as a lasting tribute to her ideals and memory.
The Foundation was organized in 2002 as a memorial to the ideals of Sister Clare, and received 501-c3 charitable organization status in 2004. The Foundation is based in Colchester, Connecticut, with board members in the USA and Uganda. Major projects completed by the foundation since its inception have included building and operating the Clare Nsenga health center in Cyanika; providing orphan support through school fees, school supplies, and goat distribution, training and funding of community health workders, distribution of malaria nets, a women's work skills training program. Most recently, a new maternity / birthing unit was added to the medical campus and staff housing was established to provide housing for an expanding number of medical personnel including clinical officers, nurses, and midwives.