African Youth Initiative Network
AYINET - Uganda
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.”
Victor Ochen – Executive Director
Jackson Opio – Health and Psychosocial Unit
“Our emotional, spiritual and mental status determines our physiological well-being. Likewise our frame of reference therefore, rationalizing human perception is significant for individual functionality” Jackson said
Joseph Manoba Akwenyu, Legal Advisor
Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all other Courts of Judicature, has vast experience in the Legal Aid Service Provision. He has also worked at the International Criminal Court’ Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) in The Hague, Netherlands as a visiting Professional and therefore possess valuable experience in International Law and International Criminal Law
Akullo Robinah – Clinical Officer
Friends, it is very exciting to be part of AYINET, because you essentially set out to accomplish your big dream, have fun and continue doing what you love for a better community.
Anna Aonyo – Accountant
I am a Ugandan from Kaberamaido District and have been working for AYINET since 2011 managing Finances. AYINET is a lovely Organisation to work with because it does not discriminate its staffs in terms of gender, religion, political parties, tribe, region etc. Here staff work as a team and stay as a family.
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 or 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 every day.”
Grace Diana Akello – Project officer - Gender
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.”
Nyatima Rebecca - Project Officer, AYINET
Rebecca is from Otuke district, she says; “Hello friends!! I bring you greetings, a word of peace and forgiveness or reconciliation. Forgiveness heals the wound and brings peace and love. Let us come together and be one family.”
Aguti Dorcus – Secretary
Dorcus Aguti is from Oyam district, she says; it’s really nice being here (AYINET) and I like the work AYINET is doing in Greater North for the war victims’ especially psycho-social rehabilitation and medical surgery they provide. This is something, that the victims are badly in need of and very few organisations are providing. We should keep this up.”
Onen Richard Olum - Mental Health Counselor
“I am a Uganda from Paicho Sub County, Gulu district; I grew up from an IDP Camp in Northern Uganda, abducted by the LRA, suffered but escaped after sometime. All that I have passed have made me to become a peace maker. I like my job, because it has changed life and built hope for tomorrow. We need peace and a just society in the world.”
Odwar Denis - National Coordinator for Transitional Justice Project (AYINET-Uganda)
I am a born of Apala Sub- county, Alebtong District, in my capacity of the Coordinator TJ Project, “It is my desire to see justice done and respect for the rights of war victims.” He said.
Spela Kunej - Transitional Justice Strategist
Spela is a lawyer from Slovenia with an LL.M. from IHEID and the University of Geneva. She collected work experience at the Slovenian ombudsman and a Berlin-based refugee law firm. After a short detour to corporate law, she has joined AYINET in February 2014.
Otim Moses A - Communication Officer, AYINET
Moses is from Adwari in Otuke district. He says; “Let’s wake up, walk, laugh, eat, greet, live, work and sleep with peace. We need peace to change and unite the world. With peace, we are one, without peace we are untrue to ourselves and to the world. From peace in oneself to peace in the world.”
Steve R Namanya - IT Specialist
I am from Kiruhura district it's been a great experience to be part of the AYINET team.
Sarah Powell - American Peace Corps Volunteer
“I am from Pennsylvania in the United States of America. I have been with AYINET since July 2013 and will stay with them until June 2015. I am extremely grateful and excited to be working with an organisation that promotes health, justice and empowerment for all.”
Okello Freddy Stephen - Communication Officer
Is a Ugandan from Koro in Gulu district, he says; “growing up in Northern Uganda, going through suffering, seeing what happened made me wish to work for NO war repeat. In AYINET-Uganda, we work as a team and want to achieve our objectives.”
Egopel George Project assistant, Gender
George is from Otuke district, he has worked with AYINET since 2011. He says, “let’s come together as one and speak out our grievances because a problem shared is a problem solved. Remember, friends do not worry when not recognized but always try to be worthy of recognition but do not get that everything comes to a person who hustles as he waits.”
Auma Scovia Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Auma is from Kitgum district, her words; “I am very happy to have joined AYINET because it has enabled me meet youth from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, AYINET helped me learn a lot. I am proud of my culture. Sell culture, be proud of culture.”
Auma Winfred - Advocacy officer
Winfred is a Ugandan from Barr in Lira district, in her own words; “I choose to be non violent, a promoter of peace, justice and reconciliation. Dear friends, you too can change and act on behalf of peace and justice. I know it may seem impossible until it’s done.”
Akello Dorcus Field Officer, Gender
Dorcus is from Alebtong district in Uganda, she said; “hello everyone I am so delighted to share with you what I feel. To understand how any society functions, you must understand the relationship between the men and women. Therefore, we must learn to give someone a fair shake.”
Owiny Isaac - Account Assistant
Is a Ugandan from Alebtong district, has been working with AYINET since January 2013. “AYINET is a very interesting organisation to work with because of team work.
I wish all well. This is a place I can develop my career.”
Adero Susan Receptionist - AYINET
“I come from Lira Municipality. My work at AYINET is to welcome and interact with so many different people from different places. It’s quite an experience. I like what I do and I love AYINET- Uganda.”
Okello Moses Transport Officer
Moses is from Alebtong district and says; “In this world we have to be generous. Therefore, we cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
Yamina - Intern
Yamina is a student from the university of Ghent in Belgium. She is now completing her Masters degree in Special Education, Orthopedagogics. She joined AYINET for an internship since September 2014.
Nieke - Intern
Nieke is a student from the university of Ghent in Belgium. She is now completing her Masters degree in Special Education, Orthopedagogics. She joined AYINET for an internship since September 2014. “I like it to be part of the AYINET staff, the Ugandan people are amazing!”
Aloka Jacob - Volunteer
Jacob is a student from Gulu University, Ugandan from Oyam District.
He has been part of the AYINET family since his A'level vacation. "I love this place!"