Woman Using Social Media to Change Lives of Vulnerable People in Lango

Akech, whose dream is to start a CBO to be able to render more support to vulnerable people, believes that it is each and everyone’s responsibility to build a peaceful community.
Kadimala and her sister in front of her house

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Irene Akech, a civil servant cum businesswoman in Lira district is using her influence on social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp to raise awareness and support for vulnerable children in her community.

Having been orphaned at 15 years of age and tasked with the responsibility of raising her siblings, Akech saw firsthand what young children go through when left alone, a reason she is trying her best to help.

Through her initiative, she has managed to build a house and buy property for three children whose parents succumbed to AIDs. The children who were born with the virus were barely surviving.

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “The old woman… 

Cue out: … the kid died.”//

Akech is currently taking care of a 10-year-old epileptic girl, whose parents had locked up in a house with domestic birds for fear of transmitting the disease to her newly born sibling.

She says all she has to do is add a post, accompanied with a request for help about any genuine issue, which has come to her attention through her social media pages for people to contribute. 

However, some people have misused the avenue to trick her into helping those whom she thinks don’t need the help.  

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “When I see…


Cue out: … a little tricky.”//

Akech, whose dream is to start up a CBO to be able to render more support to vulnerable people believes that it is each and every one's responsibility to build a peaceful community.

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “My passion and…  

Cue out: … nobody informs you.”//

Kadimala Atim, an 80 year- old woman and resident of Kakoge ‘B’ village is a beneficiary of this initiative. Having lost all her children except for one who is stuck in Dar-es-salaam, Atim survived a terrible accident when her grass-thatched house caved in.

The incident came to Akech’s knowledge who then mobilized funds to construct for her a small house through her WhatsApp fan page. Atim, who is still excited about the house is, however, worried that she might die of hunger.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Bye omwodo ot…  

Cue out: … ke oneka oko.”//

Florence Apio, a sister and caretaker of the old woman describes the house as a blessing despite the fact that it is too small to accommodate the two of them. She is calling on well-wishers and people of goodwill to help her better accommodation.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Oti en ogeri…


Cue out: … tek- ateka.”//

Daniel Moi, a resident of Lira City who has witnessed what Akech is doing called on other social media influencers to borrow a leaf from her.

“Everyone should have a heart like hers because that’s the kind of person who knows what is written in the bible. It is because of her posting the issue on social media that people got to know about it and raised enough to help the people she has helped.”

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