by LYDIA COBB | photo by Spark Photography

For Uganda’s Youth

volunteer_haney4Lee Haney, a retired CFO, knows his math. He knows, for example, how one person here can make a difference in the lives of thousands of children far away. He was introduced to Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital’s mission at a meeting in 2007. “I learned that more than 17,000 children a year in Mbarara, Uganda, under age 12, were dying from largely preventable diseases in an area about the size of San Diego County,” revealed Lee. “The organization was looking for a person with financial experience to join and assist.”

Formed here in Rancho Bernardo in 2007 and opened by 2009, Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital (HICH) provides medical care for the children of Mbarara. Lee added, “More than 25,000 children have been admitted to the 60-bed hospital, and 122,000 children have been treated at the outpatient clinic. The lives of children have been saved.” Additionally, more than 10,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed by HICH.

Name: Lee Haney
Community: Rancho Bernardo since 1999
Volunteer Affiliation: Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital
Profession: Retired CFO
Family: Married with 7 children and 15 grandchildren
Hobbies & Interests: Freshwater fishing and reading

Name: Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital
Mission: To provide medical care to the children of Mbarara, Uganda

volunteer_haney2Lee helps with fundraising events and funds management. He’s the project manager of the $1.5 million dollar surgical center under construction in Mbarara, with plans to build an additional 60-bed hospital. HICH assisted with operating costs of the hospital those first three years. The people of Uganda now sustain the facility.

Counting back, Lee’s finance career began at SDG&E. He retired in 1994 as Senior VP in Finance and CFO. He moved to New York for the same position at a utility company, where he officially retired in 1999. Lee grew up in Kansas and cherished freshwater fishing. He shared, “I can catch more fish in a day there than in 10 years here.” He and his family came back to San Diego after his retirement and settled in RB. He married his second wife in 1991. Together, they have seven children and 15 grandchildren.

His volunteerism continues locally with Rotary International Sunrise Club and Knights of Columbus. He’s planning a pasta fundraising dinner for Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital on July 30 at San Rafael Catholic Church. While retirement for some might mean a break from their professions, Lee stays in touch with the world of finance – adding up ways to help make the world a better place for all.