Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc.
Uganda 2011:

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.