Seeking to expand its work beyond the walls of its facility, Kristina Health Center launched an outreach program. KHC staff travel throughout the region, teaching healthy habits, good hygiene, and even about nutrition and exercise, all in hopes of not only treating illness and injury, but preventing them as well.
Meanwhile, our US-based fundraising and oversight team launched a new means of generating support for AUCF, known as Run With Julius. Our first crowdfunding operation, “RWJ” invites supporters to run the Portland Marathon or Half-Marathon — or to take on the challenge of their choice — as they raise money for AUCF. We are happy to incorporate the spirit of running, such an important part of our history, into our fundraising efforts.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, and responding to an acute need in Otuke County, Uganda, this year AUCF has taken on construction of a maternity facility, and by fall of this year will provide full maternity services, including labor and delivery. Having already begun to provide pre- and postnatal care in recent months, our new, experienced midwife will provide that most vital of services: enabling expectant women to bring health babies into the world.
Living now in Uganda, Julius Achon coordinates all local initiatives, supported by the tireless efforts of brother Jimmy and the AUCF team. Meanwhile, a team of committed supporters, including the Jim Fee family, continue the work of raising money and providing guidance from the U.S., while partner organization Love Mercy Uganda’s generosity enables AUCF to spearhead new projects. Among those projects is growth of the Kristina Health Center; to treat the hundreds of monthly patients and accommodate their families as well as the KHC staff, AUCF has expanded both the facility itself, as well as the scope of its work. In 2015, completed important work, ranging from bringing running water directly to KHC to hiring an experienced Clinic Manager.
This video depicts our recent work and the impact it is having on the residents of Northern Uganda.
AUCF sadly lost its Executive Director when Jim Fee died after a bicycle accident in California on October 4, 2013. But we picked up the pieces and continued his work, spurred on by his vision to provide health care, education and opportunities to the people of Northern Uganda. Soon after Jim’s death AUCF opened the James Fee Memorial Patient Ward, which houses overnight patients at Kristina Health Center, and raised the funds necessary to bring running water to the KHC.
Kristina Health Center opens its doors and begins treating patients providing primary healthcare to the community. A full time resident staff of 5 including clinic manager, senior clinical officer, comprehensive nurses (2) and lab technician/HIV counselor provide medical care, including consultation and treatment, counseling, inoculations, education and triage of seriously ill patients to Lira Regional Hospital.
Kristina Health Center dedication takes place on August 25, consisting of a 10 room clinic (lobby, consultation and treatment rooms (4), emergency room, pharmacy, laboratory and office), four individual living quarters for permanent medical staff and two pit latrines for the clinic and staff. The campus includes a bore-hole well donated by Lifewater Int’l providing essential water for the health center. KHC includes a solar power system providing electricity to both buildings – the first electricity in the village. The electricity powers lighting, medical equipment, a computer system and refrigerator/freezer for storing vaccines.
Ground breaking of Kristina Health Center (KHC) in Awake. Materials and labor, when possible, are provided by the community of Awake providing jobs for over 20 people.
AUCF announces the commencement of planning and fundraising for a health center in Awake village. A plot of land is acquired.
Achon Uganda Children’s Fund partners with Australian counterpart, Love Mercy Foundation, to improve the lives of the children of Otuke County.
Water is flowing! For the first time in the history of Awake village, residents do not have to walk 3 miles or more to obtain clean water. Thanks to Care International, who located and drilled for water, a permanent well is now operating. This has made a tremendous impact on the lives of all the people of the village.
The first church/community center and pit latrine in the village have been built with the help of donations from Grace and Julius, members of the True Life Fellowship Church in Beaverton, Oregon, as well as friends from Australia.
AUCF received Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
2004 – 2009
The eleven orphans remain under the care of Julius’ brother, Jimmy Okullo, and are attending school in Lira. Achon Uganda Children’s Fund has provided the funds to feed, clothe, shelter, educate, and provide health care to them.
Julius (right) poses in May 2011 with Chris, the sport master who brought Julius from Awake Village to the capital city of Kampala, where he ran on athletic scholarship at Makerere HS.
Julius joined the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, Oregon, where he paced and trained elite US Olympic athletes under the direction of Alberto Salazar. Despite his modest salary, Julius and his wife Grace continued to help support the orphans and other members of his village, wiring money directly to his brother for the purchase of food, seed, oxen, clothing, shelter, school tuition and uniforms. When other members of Julius’ community in Portland began to take up the cause, he decided to formalize the effort by establishing the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund.
While in Uganda in 2003, Julius came across a group of children who were sleeping under a bus in Lira. These eleven orphans had escaped from the same Otuke village where Julius was raised after their parents were killed by the LRA, and were then living and begging on the streets. Touched by their suffering and grateful for his own blessings, Julius decided to adopt them.