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Meet Deborah Akon

by Debra Dawson

Deborah Akon 

Deborah Akon love math and science. The 17-year-old wants to use this interest to give back to others and eventually go into the medical field. Like most of the ASAH girls, Deborah sees that healthcare is one of the greatest needs for refugees and those in South Sudan. Because ASAH helped her when she was orphaned, she wants to give back to her community.

In her free time Deborah reads storybooks and the Bible. Her favorite memories are of the times she spent with family and friends in her home village of Duk Payuel. When asked what makes her smile, she responded, “When somebody makes me happy”. She loves horses, giraffes and the color yellow. 

The most influential people in her life were her parents, and now, her sponsors.  She said she admires her sponsors “because they takes care of me since I was small up to now.”

To learn more about the health crisis in Ugandan refugee camps visit Medical Teams International 

A health worker helps a new mother at Mungula Health Center 3, in Adjumani district, northern Uganda, June 14, 2017. (H. Athumani/VOA) 

About the Author

Debra DawsonDebra Dawson

Deb Dawson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, businesswoman, teacher, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She holds a B.S. Ed. in Education and English, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her role as mother to biological, step, and internationally adopted children led her to write When Love is Not Enough, a memoir about the way mothers and daughters forge relationships in the face of tremendous obstacles.


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