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Meet Deborah Akon

by JoRelle Grover

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

JoRelle GroverJoRelle Grover

Executive Assistant at ASAH

JoRelle is a cultural anthropologist, a printmaker, a gardener, and a lover of books and knowledge. She holds an MA in cultural anthropology with a cross-cultural conflict resolution focus from Western Washington University, and a BS in both anthropology and fine art from North Dakota State University. Due to her mother growing up in Burundi, the plight of young girls and their protection, education, and empowerment in Central and East Africa is constantly on her heart. She looks forward to utilizing her skills, education, and background to helping others.


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