A 501(c)(3) Organization
AFONU was founded in April of 2007 with the purpose of providing life-sustaining food and educational resources to people in Northern Uganda. This includes:
Our efforts are concentrated in the village of Adwila, where AFONU's founder, Vincent Ajuk, lived as a child before moving to the United States (see below).
Our organization's values are: (1) lowest overhead/operating costs and (2) exceptional transparency.
Vincent Ajuk was born in Adwila, Uganda in 1968 and moved to the United States in 2001. He has four children: Fiona Apio, a daughter, is 15; Ogwang Elvis, a son, is 14; Patricia Alele, a daughter, is 12; Alan Ajuk; a son, is 10. All of his children live in Uganda. The last time he was in Uganda was 2001.
Vincent went to school at Adwila Primary School, then later to Lango College in Lira for secondary school, ultimately earned a B.A. degree in accounting and business administration at Uganda Business School (formerly Uganda College of Commerce). Following college, Vincent worked with UNICEF in refugee camps, then later went to work as an accountant for a Japanese company in Kampala that sold used vehicles. While working in Kampala, he saved money and was able to build a house for his mother in Lira and payed for school for his three younger brothers up to university. Two of those brothers attended Makerere University, the nation's largest university, located in Kampala. Vincent's third brother was murdered by Ugandan LRA rebels in 2001 while returning to Lira from school in Kampala to visit their mother, who was sick at the time.
In the time since Vincent moved to the United States, he has helped one of his surviving brothers, Geoffrey, to come to the United States in 2007. Geoffrey earned a MSW degree from Rutgers University in 2009.
Vincent currently works as the Director of the Welfare to Work program for Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey. The program helps current welfare recipients become self-sustaining members of their communiites. In addition to his work with Catholic Charities and AFONU, Vincent is also completing a MBA degree at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Written in February, 2010.