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.
Feb 17, 2016

Increasing patient traffic following events

Local children competing in our annual run
Local children competing in our annual run

Each November, we host a track meet in the village of Awake. We work with our founder, Julius Achon, and local youth organizers to produce an event that promotes health, community and sport in the Otuke District. It's the only event of its kind in the region, and the local community now treats it like a holiday.

Last November, we hosted our biggest event ever.  Over 2,500 people attended, with well over 1,500 children competing in the run.  There's a cost to hosting the event. However, the benefit is that we see a sharp increase in patient visits in the months after. The event has become one of our most effective marketing and communication tools. We've seen a 20% increase in patient visits in the past two months. This allows us to treat more local people who are suffering from malaria, AIDS, intestinal illnesses, and more. While all patients pay for care, their payments do not cover the full cost. We need the help of our supporters to ensure that we can provide high quality care to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thank you!

The AUCF Team

Nov 24, 2015

A great event, and water is flowing!

Members of the AUCF Team
Members of the AUCF Team

Last week our Executive Director traveled to Awake in Northern Uganda. The purpose of her trip was to:

  1. Host a Youth Running Race.  Each year, AUCF partners with our friends at Nike and members of the Awake community to host a running race for kids. The goal is to promote health and fitness, and also promote our health clinic. The event was last weekend, and we had over 1,300 kids participate. A huge success!
  2. Meet the New Staff. We've hired a new clinic manager, ambulance driver and clinician. All three are proving very effective in their roles.
  3. View the New Water System. Following a large fundraising campaign, we now have clean water running throughout the clinic. This was critical to our goal of preventing the spread of disease at the clinic. We reviewed the water system, and it's working great!

Thank you for all of your support.

Sep 1, 2015

More volunteers on the ground in Awake, N. Uganda

If there's one thing we've learned in the eight years that we've been operating Achon Uganda Children's Fund, it's that it is difficult to operate an effective organization--and in particular, a health clinic--from over ten thousand miles away. We now know that we must be present, as frequently as possible, if we want to make the progress, and the difference, that we aspire to make.

This year, we've had more volunteers on the ground in the villiage of Awake in N. Uganda than any year before. One person in particular spent months at our clinic, providing support, education, and helping to allocate the funds that we collect. In November, and then again in December, we have two large groups making the trip to offer their support.  

In hte past few months, we've seen our patient count increase as the rainy season arrives. Also, we're almost complete with the central water collection and distribution system, which will bring fresh water to each part of the clinic. This is critical to providing clean and effective care.

Thank you!

 
   

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