By Emmanuel Omona
The Kitgum woman MP, Beatrice Anywar has called the government of Uganda to honor the late Irene Glesson.
Anywar argues that the Australian aid worker Irene Gleeson, who died of cancer at 68, was a blessing to Northern Uganda, more especially to Kitgum District.
Irene Glesson died on 21 July 2013, after a yearlong battle with cancer, surrounded by her family in Sydney.
She came to Uganda and founded the Irene Glesson Foundation in Kitgum district in the year 1991, after selling her beach-side [Northern Beaches] home in Sydney.
She parked her caravan in the Lord’s Resistance Army territory close to the then-border of Sudan and built her orphan school around it.
Glesson orphan herself, felt it was her chance to give back and save a child from the life she once lived.
Irene Gleeson then built and fully funded many projects such as full day care, Schooling, Food, counseling and Medical care for 5 schools and 8,000 children.
She also opened up a Tertiary Training College for Young Adults, Medical Clinics and Malnourished Feeding Program, FM Radio Station ‘Mighty Fire FM’ all in Kitgum district.
Her work lives on through the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF) in both Kitgum and U.S.A.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.