Kristina Clinic Taking Shape!
Kristina Clinic construction in Awake village, where Julius Achon was born and raised, is progressing very well since our May visit says Julius Achon, founder of AUCF. The clinic is named after my mother Kristina who was killed in 2004 by the LRA during the civil war. She bled to death in the village as there was no healthcare to save her. Since that time my goal has been to build a clinic in her honor to provide healthcare for future generations. Under the leadership of construction manager Patrick Ebyau and my brother, Jimmy Okullo, the living quarters are virtually complete, save windows, doors, painting and a patio surrounding the building. By Uganda standards, the facility is attractive; by village standards it is luxurious, as 99% of the people still live in mud huts with straw roofs. We expect the living quarters will be a significant asset recruiting staff. Since the May trip, clinic construction has progressed to completion of the walls and roofing; in addition Lifewater International has installed the clinic bore-hole well and cool, clear water is flowing for future clinic patients and staff – a huge asset and accomplishment. Clinic construction is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Many villagers come to visit the construction as such a development has not occurred for 20 years in my village - since before the war.
Julius and I held a meeting with the Kristina Clinic board of directors; once completed, the clinic will be owned by the Awake community and governed by the board. The are enthusiastic and passionate about this wonderful addition to their community and committed to its success. They believe it will serve as a catalyst for economic development of the community as well
While in the village, Julius spoke to 450 students at his former primary school where he announced a Nov. 5th fun run sponsored by Nike at which 20 schools and 1,200 students will participate. When told each of the kids participating would receive a Nike shirt, the students went bananas.
We are grateful to our many supporters for their generosity said Julius as he surveyed the tremendous progress since his last construction visit in May. My mother would be so proud
Julius Speaks to Orum Primary - His Former School