Irene Gleeson Foundation Seeks UGX 4Bn From Local Funding

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The Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF) is seeking 4 billion shillings from local funding to support its various projects. IGF is a charity that was established by Irene Gleeson to help children and victims of the war in northern Uganda.

The Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF) is seeking 4 billion shillings from local funding to support its various projects.
 
IGF is a charity that was established by Irene Gleeson to help children and victims of the war in northern Uganda.
 
Irene Gleeson died July 21, 2013.
 
Among the projects IGF is raising funds for is an incomplete special women and children’s hospital started by Gleeson. IGF needs at least 250 million shillings to complete the building which has stalled at the third floor.
 
John Paul Kifaasi, the director IGF, says the organisation has suffered a dip in its donations since the founder's death. Most donors were from Gleeson's home country Australia and the US.
 
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Coming to Uganda in 1991, Irene Gleeson fell in love with the country and its people and decided to spearhead several projects to help the disadvantaged. To do this, she not only sold her own two houses in Australia but begun mobilising funds and bringing attention to the situation in northern Uganda. She was especially concerned with Kitgum district and the Acholi sub region.
 
Gleeson projects like Amida Primary School, Palabek Child Care Primary School, Child Care Technical Institute, clinics and orphanages providing palliative care, a sponsorship scheme, Mighty Fire FM came to employ hundreds of people.
 
Kifaasi says IGF is now focussing on encouraging Ugandans to keep Gleeson's projects running. There will be a memorial event on July 19 intended to kickstart the process of commemorating her contribution and raising funds. Participants in the charity walk will be expected to contribute at least 49, 000 shillings.
 
Kifaasi says apart from the hospital, the funds will help pay for the education of numerous orphans under IGF care.
 
Kitgum RDC Santo Okot Lapolo says it would be a shame for Gleeson's work to die out after her demise. He urges residents to turn out in large numbers and support the projects that have contributed to the uplifting of their communities.
 
Irene Gleeson worked in northern Uganda for up to 20 years until she passed away in 2013.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.