Nobel Peace Prize nominee Victor Ochen formed AYINET as a way to bring peace to a war-ravaged Uganda. Born in Northern Uganda, a product of a community displaced by war and a victim touched by war himself, Ochen’s heart was moved by his encounters with those who had similar experiences. These encounters affected change in him and helped him to effect change. He founded the African Youth Initiative Network in 2005.
AYINET has a clinical and counseling unit, finance department, project officers and community-based officers and volunteers. Read more about our staff members here. The organisation is providing medical and psychosocial rehabilitation as a form of remedy for war victims as well as empowering victims for active participation in transitional justice while engaging and empowering youth as leaders, youth at risk and youth as game changers.
It’s a major initiative, as it get victims the much needed rehabilitative surgery and at the same time empowers youths to leadership.
Victor Ochen — Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations