Achon Uganda Children's Fund

Mission The Achon Uganda Children's Fund (AUCF) was established in 2007 by two-time Olympic runner Julius Achon in response to the dire situation faced by the residents of his home village, Awake, in Otuke District in Northern Uganda. Ravaged by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army during Uganda's two-decade civil war, the region's residents are rebuilding their lives and community - facing inadequate healthcare and education, and many children have been left without family. AUCF is committed to helping the community rebuild through improved health care and education, access to the life-enriching benefits of exercise and sport and overall self-sufficiency.
Oct 8, 2014

October 2014: Bringing water to the clinic

Our new ambulance
Our new ambulance

In the past six months, we have completed construction on our second Staff Quarters building, and hired eight new staff members. This has greatly expanded our ability to treat patients. Further, we purchased an ambulance that is used both to transport patients to our clinic, and take critical patients to the hospital in Lira, Uganda.

Four years ago, AUCF dug two wells in Awake Village, changing life dramatically for villagers who used to hike miles to a stagnant pond, and making it possible for us to open the Kristina Health Center.

 But as word spreads about KHC, more patients arrive every month, many with conditions that require serious treatment. We are thus taking on our next important project: bringing water to the clinic itself.

 Today our dedicated support team fills basins at a pump 30 meters from the clinic and carries the water it to treatment rooms. Our medical team makes this work, but as anyone who has spent time in a hospital can tell you, a lack of running water is severely limiting.

 We have set a goal of raising $30,000, the cost of this filtration and delivery system. Please help us reach this goal!

Clinic staff speaking to patients
Clinic staff speaking to patients
Jul 10, 2014

Expanding care through Ambulance Program, staffing

Staff Quarters nearing completion
Staff Quarters nearing completion

The demand for high quality healthcare in Northern Uganda is extremely high. Every day at the Kristina Health Clinic, we have more patients lined up waiting for treatment than we can see.

Two barriers that prevent us from providing the care that the community needs are insufficient staffing, and an inability to reach surrounding communities. We're investing in our clinic in the following ways, to overcome these barriers:

1. Hiring 9 additional staff members, and building a Staff Quarters (pictured below).

2. Purchasing and operating an ambulance, which will be used both for emergency services, and to bring healthcare to surrounding villages (pictured below, with our founder Julius Achon)

Thank you for your continued support in making these investments possible!

The Achon Uganda Children's Fund team

Julius Achon with new Ambulance
Julius Achon with new Ambulance
Apr 18, 2014

Achon Uganda Chlidren's Fund Report: April 2014

Uganda Newspaper Article: Patient Ward Dedication
Uganda Newspaper Article: Patient Ward Dedication

In February several members of the Achon Uganda Children's Fund team traveled to Uganda to attend the dedication of the James Fee Patient Ward (see attached newspaper headline). This ward, which will soon house up to 40 patients, was named after our Executive Director who was killed in a cycling accident in October 2013.

Since February, we have purchased an ambulance. This enables us to expand our reach into surrounding communities to provide urgent care. As important, we are also conducting daily outreach programs to provide much-needed education on health, disease prevention, neonatal care and more.

This will enable us to host visiting doctors and nurses. Today, there is a challenging hour drive from the closest major town of Lira. In May we will begin construction of a Staff Quarters building so that staff and visitors do not have to make this drive twice per day.

We are also nearing completion of an incinerator, for the save removal of medical waste, and an outdoor kitchen so that patients and their families can prepare meals while recovering from treatment.

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