Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc.
Uganda 2012:

Since the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) withdrawal from northern Uganda in 2006 and a sustained military operation by the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) relative peace has been sustained in the region. A majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) that have been living in refugee camps, many for over 20 years, are either returning home or resettling. There are some estimates that all of the IDPs will have resettled by 2011. The so called "night commuter" shelters, in which an estimated 24,000 children would seek refuge to prevent abduction at night have been closed. Local governments are being reestablished and schools are reopening. The situation in northern Uganda is changing from that of a humanitarian crisis into a reconstruction and development effort.

This, however, is not the end of the story. While there is a commitment by the Ugandan government to close the gap in economic and social indicators between the north and the rest of the country there remains a general lack of infrastructure within the northern region and services such as emergency medical care are inadequate or nonexistent. Cultural divides are deep fueling distrust and favoritism. Poverty is rampant and as a result criminal activity is prevalent. There are reports of gender biased crimes and illegal child labor activities. In the more rural areas former IDPs who received treatment for HIV/AIDS infections within the refugee camps must walk long distances to obtain medication or are forced to forego treatment altogether. Even if families are able to afford paying school "up-keep" and supply fees children often have to face long unsafe walks to and from school. Some IDPs are returning to villages that no longer exist and are having to rebuild them completely from scratch.

We are
Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. and welcome to our website. Our goal is to build schools and medical clinics in these war torn zones of northern Uganda and to give these people the basic necessities in order for them to become self sufficient.

Our first priority is to provide safe and secure water sources to the people of the Paduny parish within the Gulu district. During a visit in July of 2010, our founder found that the parish has received virtually no government or outside aid and that the parish of over 4,600 people has no secure water source. This is an immediate need that can have immediate results when completed. Safe, secure, and reliable water sources are vital in building and maintaining a viable and self sustaining community.

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Riverbeds are a vital source of water. They refill during the rainy season but often dry out during the summers, forcing people to travel further distances from their settlements. Source: Hida Jessie Piersma May 2010.
This hand-dug well had been abandoned for nearly twelve years but now serves as the only water source for several returned families of Paduny. Many northern Ugandans suffer from water born diseases, parasites, and worms.
Source: Hida Jessie Piersma July 2010.
A section of the Awach Stream. Normally in July the stream would be overflowing, but the locals say the land is changing and many wells and streams are drying up. There is no secure water source within the Paduny parish, a parish of 4,600 people, according to the Local Council.
Source: Hida Jessie Piersma July 2010.