African Youth Initiative Network

AYINET - Uganda

Victor Ochen – Executive Director

Victor was born and raised in Lira district in northern Uganda.  His experience growing up in an IDP camp shaped his desire to be part of the peace building and community development process.  In 2005, he founded AYINET with a desire to mobilize youth and communities to contribute to peace and justice in northern Uganda.  “I am proud to be a part of this dedicated team of young people who suffered a lot during the war but who are now doing amazing work to rebuild their communities.  For years, we have been doing difficult work in hard-to-reach communities, supporting those who are the most physically and emotionally injured.  It has been heartbreaking and challenging at times, but it has also been uplifting to see the outcome of our work, and it has helped me to realize that it is possible to restore peace, justice and human rights in practical terms to the lives and families of the most severely affected people.”

Jackson Opio – Administrator/Mental Health Counselor

 

 Jackson is from Alebtong district in northern Uganda and has worked for AYINET since June 2006.  “Working in this mental health department has made me realize that the strength or power to live healthy, either physically or mentally, is completely dependent on how you have control over your thoughts. If you want to live a happy life, the engine is our mind.  Our power lies in how we think.”

Judith Amongi – Mental Health Counselor

 

Judith is from Apac district in northern Uganda and has worked at AYINET since 2006.  “I like working at AYINET because it is saving the lives of many people.  We’ve been helping victims for a long time.  Many need not only medical but also psychosocial support, and AYINET is able to deliver both.  I have seen how counseling can improve lives and give people a new start at life.  I feel proud of this.”

Akullo Robinah – Clinical Officer

 

Robinah is from Alebtong district in northern Uganda and has worked at AYINET since October 2011.  “In this job I’ve learned a lot from our beneficiaries.  The LRA committed a lot of atrocities against the people in northern Uganda, but through AYINET, the victims have smiles on their faces again.  I’m very happy about that.”

Opio  J.  Hilton – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

 

 Hilton is from  Lira district in northern Uganda and has worked at AYINET since December 2010. “My job is to follow up, check, compile data and document our activities. I strongly believe my work will  tremendously contribute to help address the plight of the victims by documenting  post-war life situations in northern Uganda  and providing effective information that can shape evidence-based interventions.”

 

 

Martin Oenen – Program Manager Teso Region

 

Martin is from Kumi district in eastern Uganda and has worked at AYINET since October 2011.  “My work gives encouragement and new hope to people that we reach and target.  Personally, I like development work that promotes and uplifts the lives of the most disadvantaged in our society.  The team at AYINET builds confidence within me to do my best everyday.”

Vincent Ekola – Medical Clinical Officer/Physician Assistant

 

Vincent is from Dokolo district in northern Uganda and has worked for AYINET since August 2011.  “I feel privileged to be helping victims of war, as I am a war victim myself.  Working at AYINET allows me to help those who are most in need.”

 

Grace Diana Akello – Project Assistant

 

Diana is from Apac district in northern Uganda and has worked for AYINET since October 2011.  “Our project on gender and culture has empowered many women and helped heal their emotional wounds.  We use the project to sensitize communities that have faced a lot of violence in the past to express themselves creatively through music and dance.  As a woman myself it makes me very happy to see widows supporting themselves, their families and their communities.”

Anna Aonyo – Accountant

 

Anna is from Kaberamaido district in eastern Uganda and has worked at AYINET since November 2011.  “AYINET is a good place to be because the organization performs an excellent service to the community, and the people here are welcoming and hospitable.”

Aguti Dorcus – IT Specialist/ volunteer

 

 Dorcus is from Oyam district in northern Uganda and has been working at AYINET since February 2012.  “It’s a nice place to be and I’ve learned a lot outside of my profession through working with victims.   Before working here I only heard about the war and the victims because it did not affect people of my district a lot compared to the rest  in the north and now I’ve seen firsthand what they have gone through, and that they need more help for rehabilitation.”

George Egopel – Volunteer

 

George is from Amolatar district in northern Uganda and has volunteered at AYINET since July 2011.  “I like this work because AYINET is trying to help the community, especially the people who cannot afford to treat themselves.  We try to give them back their physical and mental fitness to run their day-to-day activities”.

Nelson Nansus Olung – Transport Officer

 

Nelson is from Otuke district in northern Uganda and has worked for AYINET since June 2010.  “I enjoy working at AYINET because I have the opportunity to work with victims and give them the means to travel to receive the medical care that they need.  When we find victims and take them to the hospital for treatment, afterwards they are very happy, they feel grateful for the support given to them.”

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