June 25, 2012
I spent three weeks in Uganda with Bonny and Dr. William Boto this past January as they helped guide my research for my master's thesis. I was able to see first-hand the health care, forest conservation, and green commerce programs they've established in the village. I feel quite confident in saying that this village could not and would not function to its current capacity without the work of the Ochan Self-Help Alliance. Because of their deep familiarity with the area, Bonny and William understand the challenges of life in post-conflict northern Uganda better than most and are able to address these challenges an effective and efficient manner. The results on the ground are clear: the health care facility was busy on a daily basis and the group farm was productive. The grain store built by Ochan has given village residents more monetary resources, greater economic freedom, and allowed them the opportunity to invest. Although change can be slow and difficult to measure, the impact of the Ochan Self-Help Alliance was very real and Bonny and William are so committed to the work they are doing. It is an organization worthy of your time and donations and one that I will continue to support and endorse without reservation.
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