Achen and her twin sister Apio were born to a young mother, just 15 years old. She was raped by a man who then fled town to avoid being jailed. This young woman soon found herself pregnant with twins and nowhere to go. Her own mother (the girl’s grandmother) refused to welcome her back home and she found herself all alone and unable to care for Achen and Apio.
Their mother did her best to take care of the twins after they were born, but at her young age and vulnerable state, she was unable to obtain employment and was not able to provide for herself or her little girls. She had nowhere to sleep, no food to eat and she had lost all hope. Apio and Achen became sick and malnourished and were close to death when a neighbor offered to help. She brought them to a children’s home where they lived for two years. Unfortunately, due to corruption and removal of donor support, the organization was shut down and Apio and Achen found themselves facing a very uncertain life again. The city probation officer was made aware of the situation and it was determined that the girls could not safely be resettled with their mother. This was when PFP was asked to step in.
In January 2018, Achen and her twin sister Apio joined the PFP family and have found safety and security there. We continue to focus on their physical and emotional healing and will offer a safe place for them to grow. PFP’s social workers continue to work hard to identify family for the children to be connected with as well. Their mother has gone missing and their grandmother is unwilling to welcome them for visits, however they do have an aunt who visits them at Love Home on school holidays. They enjoy visits with her and PFP will continue to work to ensure they have a connection to family where safe to do so.
Date of Birth: December 4, 2014
Place of birth: Bukedde, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a police lady
Why? I see them dress decent and punish wrong doers
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite food? Chips and rice
What are your hobbies? Swinging
What is your favorite subject in school? Coloring