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Contributing to fighting Covid-19 in Oyam District

On Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, on our behalf, Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen, the Co-Investigator on our research and advocacy project: Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda, delivered 45 litres of liquid soap and 350 face masks to the Oyam District Covid-19 Task Force, as our CPAR Uganda contribution towards the fight against Covid-19 in Oyam District.

“The Chairperson of the Oyam District Covid-19 Task Force, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Ms. Gillian Akullu and her team received us very warmly. The RDC was very pleased with our humble contributions and congratulated CPAR Uganda for what it is doing for young people.”

Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen

Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen

To deliver our gift, Dr. Ocen was accompanied by two young adults, Acio Sharon Enon and Vicky Alum, both beneficiaries of our CPAR Uganda project: Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators against Poverty in Rural Uganda; and who are participating in our Challenging Categories project as research assistants to Dr. Ocen.

CPAR Uganda has along history working in Oyam District from the early 1990s, while it was the country programme for the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR). As a matter of fact, the first ever base camp (now renamed Learning Centre) that CPAR Uganda built in Northern Uganda is in Loro Sub-County in Oyam District.

I actually feel proud that I brought CPAR Uganda here. It is true whether anybody wants it or not. The first ever contact CPAR Uganda made with Loro was through me. A representative of CPAR Uganda, a lady called Beth Fellows, wrote a letter to the late David Atim, may his soul rest in peace, suggesting that they wanted a place in Oyam where they could locate. Atim looked at Acaba and he couldn’t immediately find a suitable place in Acaba. So he walked to a place where I was working, handed me the letter from Beth, which I read and I assured him that Loro would host CPAR Uganda. Immediately, I walked to our late brother Dr. Ekullo Epak (RIP), I said Epak, there seems to be some opportunity here. He read the letter and he said: “Yes, I think there is an opportunity here.” I asked him, can you reply this letter offering Loro to host CPAR Uganda? Epak wrote the letter.

Mr. Johnson Engole, speaking during a CPAR Uganda Loro Sub-County Elders Forum on 15th August 2021.

Mr. Johnson Engole is currently also now a member of the CPAR Uganda Board of Directors

Among the major contributions that CPAR Uganda has made to Oyam District include building and equipping health centres.

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