The first action that the Achon Uganda Children's Fund took in the village of Awake in Northern Uganda was to drill two wells, in order to bring fresh water to the village. This has significantly improved both hygiene and quality of life. However, we do not yet have clean running water in the health clinic; we've been transporting water into the clinic via large containers that are filled at the wells. We're working now to change this. Attached is a diagram of the new water system.
Over the next two months, we will construct a water catchment system, a water tower, and a pump. This will allow us to further increase hygiene and quality of care.
Thanks for your help in making this possible!
The past few months have been busy for Achon Uganda Children's Fund, and our health clinic in Northern Uganda, Kristina Health Clinic.
With the dry season upon us, the rate of patients has increased. Thankfully, through generous donations, we're able to supply medication to those who cannot afford the patient fees. Thanks to Rotary International, we have also received furnishings for our new patient ward. Now our patients have a safe place to recover from treatment, rather than being sent aware after care.
We're now working to build a central water system, connected to both a rain water catchment system and well. This will improve our ability to maintain a clean and safe environment.
The new ambulance has already transported dozens of patients to our clinic, and to the Lira hospital about 45 minutes away. The support of donors helps make this program possible.
The AUCF Team
Thanks to the support of many contributors, and our dedicated staff in Uganda, here's what AUCF accomplished in 2014:
In 2015, we're focused on bringing fresh water to all buildings of our health clinic, in an effort to further control the spread of disease. We're also developing an outreach program, with the help of our new ambulance. This will allow us to bring affordable health care to the people the the surrounding villages.
The Achon Uganda Children's Fund Team
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!
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
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