A non-profit charity rebuilding lives in war-torn Opac Village, Northern Uganda, East Africa.

Two decades of armed rebellion waged by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have caused a massive humanitarian disaster in northern Uganda.   As members of Opac Village return from their refuge in internal displacement camps determined to rebuild their shattered lives, Ochan Self-Help Alliance is there to lend a helping hand.

To learn more about Ochan visit their website at Ochan Self-Help Alliance.



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2011 – These children were eligible for nursery/primary school in Opac Village.

At that time there was no school available.

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2013 – The nursery school/classroom at Ayaa Nursery/Primary School.

The lighting is the sun shining through the translucent roof panels.

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2014 – The headmaster of Ayaa shows his pupils the construction of

2 new classrooms that, when completed, will be used by 3rd and 4th graders.

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May 2014- Dr. Susan Harvey and daughter Caroline (members of St. John’s Western Run seated at left)

help enroll women for a Saturday antenatal clinic where women will receive vitamins and other nutrients, and get cervical cancer screening.

Dr. Harvey, the Chairperson of JHU’s Breast Imaging Program, conducts the first ever (!) breast exams for women.

She referred three women to Lira hospital for ultrasound testing.

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