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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
I am from Kiruhura district it's been a great experience to be part of the AYINET team.
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
Oh! I love the AYINET environment and what it’s doing for the community who have physical and emotional wounds as an outcome of war in the Ugandan families. I am proud to be an implementer in restoring peace, justice, and physical emotional healings to victims of war.
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