In November and December, we had two of our biggest months in clinic history. We treated over 600 patients in a month. The introduction of maternity services have not only brought in expecting families, it has also increased awareness for all of our services.
We are currently raising funds to support our expanding maternity services (including the purchase of an incubator) as well as the expansion of our immunization program and the purchase of medication to reduce the risk of disease in the Otuke district of Northern Uganda. See the photos below.
Click here to hear a great interview with Julius Achon by the BBC.
In addition to a strong health clinic, Achon Uganda Children's Fund supports a Youth Sports Program in Otuke District of Northern Uganda.
If you know the story of Julius Achon, our founder, you know that Sport was the mechanism that allowed him to expand his life. Sport took Julius around the world, allowed him to obtain a college education, and eventually led him back to Uganda to support the community he was raised in.
We are investing to expand this program to include a running club and soccer club + tournament. In November, we will host a cross country running event. This event, which draws over 5,000 young runners and 10,000 people, costs us over $7,500 to host. Your contribution will enable us expand the size of the event to attract more children.
Also, Julius Achon was recently interviewed on the BBC program Outlook. Find the interview here:
The Achon Uganda Children's Fund team continues to make great progress in serving the community of Otuke District in Northern Uganda. Since establishing our maternity ward last year, we have seen total patient counts--not just maternity services--steadily increase. We're now servicing well over 600 patients per month--a 30% increase from a year ago. And we're averaging almost two childbirths a day!
In addition, we've formed a partnership wth Love Mercy, another organization co-founded by Julius Achon, to support their Cents for Seeds program. We're helping Love Mercy access the community and sharing our resources to help spread their fantastic program. Cents for Seeds provides seeds to women in the region. After planting the seeds and growing crops, the women repay the seeds later in the year. This makes the program sustainable, and gives the women ownership in the program.
Thanks to your support, AUCF and Love Mercy are growing!