Julius Achon and Jim Fee's shared vision — to build and operate a health clinic in remote Northern Uganda — once seemed impossible to realize: construction, electrification, staff recruitment and equipment delivery would prove virtually impossible in a region so lacking in infrastructure and even passable roads. The need was great but so was the determination of Julius, Jim and the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund team.
Cambria Rotary was honored to get a chance to meet Julius in 2018 when we sponsored a run and barbeque at El Chorro Regional Park and a film/narration of “The Boy Who Runs, The Odyssey of Julius Achon”, organized by Bruce Howard, at the Fremont Theater The events raised $20,000 towards the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the health center. The next day, Julius attended our Rotary meeting and International Services Chair, Gerry Porter, presented Julius with a check for $1,795 for the purchase of a chemistry machine. An additional $1,000 was raised by club members at the meeting for the ultrasound machine and training. In 2022, our club donated a motorbike to the center so staff can deliver medications to those in need. We are proud to have played a small part in the success of the Kristina Health Center, now celebrating their 10th anniversary.