In the year 2006, my wife Judith Amolo Okello and I together with a few other members opened the doors of a small outreach to the poor in the northern region of Uganda that had suffered two decades insurgency of Joseph Kony under Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the government of Uganda.
Over the next ten years, the dream grew to cover areas of sponsorship of secondary education to former abductees, orphans and vulnerable children in northern Uganda. The dream went ahead to cover 3,900 members of the community in Nwoya district under its micro finance project-majority of the members being grandmothers and widows. The dream did not end there, but went ahead to provide skills training in agriculture to the majority youth who missed their education as a result of the insurgency.
It’s been our joy to be a part of a growing work that expands its reach every year to help those in need of transforming their lives. The two decades insurgency brought countless tears that have been shed for people who have lost everything, suffered great pain, endured continuing shame and saw no hope for the future. This empathetic pain generated a compassionate energy that led to the founding of African Child Outreach Trust (ACOT).
Within the ten years of our charity work when we have realized our good intentions are now yielding the fruit of poverty resolution and eradication among the youth and women in the Acholi sub region. We recognized the need for the development of online tools so that our charity could connect and work together with others around the world. I personally invite you to join African Child Outreach Trust (ACOT) so that, together we can achieve more and reach the suffering people in Acholi sub region.
Warm greetings from ACOT to all who shall get the time to read.
Simon Peter Okello, Founder