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ABOUT KARIN

Karin Community Initiatives Uganda (KCIU) has been operating in Gulu District, Uganda since 2001. We are a local non-profit organisation seeking to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of vulnerable and orphaned children, families and the whole community through primary health care and other community development initiatives.

KCIU is best known for its establishment of the Karin Medical Centre (KMC) in the Unyama Parish, and the Agonga Karin Community Health Centre (AKCHC) in the Agonga Parish. These two centers form the basis for health care and community development services for approximately 21,000 people in an area devoid of any formal health care facilities.
With 30 Ugandan clinical and administrative staff, we are a compact organization with a tireless commitment to provide quality access to health care and livelihoods to families.

Our Mission

OUR VALUES

Think Big. Act Bigger.

RECENT CAUSES

We run projects in over 30 Villages in Gulu, Uganda

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LATEST ARTICLES

Together we make all the difference

Karin Medical camps 26-30th November 2018

Our medical camps are progressing well in Gulu community. Yesterday 28/11/12 at Lalia Market we witnessed a tremendous turn of patients and a day before, we were overwhelmed at Unyama Market. All received the necessary checkups, treatment and drugs at a free cost! Today we shall be at Gulu central market and we encourage everyone to turn up. Ticket sales for our first annual marathon are also still going on. Purchase one today at 10,000 (Students) and 25,000 (non students) and help save mothers by equipping the new maternity ward in Unyama health facility in Gulu.

Spreading love through music and dance

Music is a powerful means of communication. It provides a means by which people can share emotions, intentions, and meanings even though their spoken languages may be mutually incomprehensible. In the pictures, the former child soldiers in Gulu are performing a traditional (Larakaraka) to Norwegian students and volunteers. The traditional dances done by former child soldiers communicate numerous messages of loving one another, the beauty of an Acholi woman, duties of girls and boys, funerals and above all their life after the "bush"(LRA war). Such group gatherings also serve as an opportunity where community members can comfort each other, avoid being idle, learn skills as a group like dancing and most importantly getting friends. For instance, there are some members in the community who up to now haven't located their relatives after the LRA war and have now found new family & friends in the dance group.

Community Health Insurance Changing lives in Gulu!

In any community, people become ill and require access to health care facilities and treatment. Regardless of the nature of the health issue, the health outcomes depend to a large degree on individuals’ ability to access health care services.

Karin health worker sensitizing mothers on immunization

Did you know that between Jan & Sep 2017 the immunization coverage was at 44% (7/16) in Northern? This means that many children go without being vaccinated against the killer diseases. Karin Community Initiatives is providing hope to the unprivileged children by sensitizing mothers and having all the vaccines

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Testimonials

I have spent 5 months volunteering with KCIU, and it has been a wonderfully insightful and inspiring experience. Working with both the central office and the various projects that KCIU has initiated, I have been able to engage with different people and work opportunities on a weekly basis. For example, I would spend a week in the central office designing a new program to be introduced to the community, and the next week I would be helping staff in the medical clinics in servicing their patients. The staff is tireless and hardworking, constantly looking to self-improve and ensure the best delivery of services to the community that they serve. Being from another country and culture, we have been able to foster a reciprocal relationship where ideas and skills are traded freely. This means that both the organisation and I are able to learn and grow. There is plenty of different things to get involved with here, and volunteers will always be encouraged to implement any ideas or initiatives that they wish to implement.

Rhys Feeney, Volunteer

“Karin is a local NGO that is run by Ugandans but also keeps many strong connections in other countries and is welcoming to all types of volunteers. Karin has a very open minded attitude and is welcome to suggestions and feedback from all volunteers.”

Taea Mouallem, Volunteer - Canada

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