Ochaka Richard Okot
Ochaka Richard Okot is a Clinical Psychologist and the Executive Director of HAF Uganda. Okot has been investing his time and resources in promoting a peaceful future, the right to education, and mental wellbeing for children affected by conflicts. Okot is a dedicated advocate for the rights of people affected by conflicts. He championed these critical services to Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Northern Uganda from 2005 to 2009. He later joined to provide humanitarian support services to refugees from 2014 to 2018. In 2019, Richard worked with both local and international organizations in Uganda holding various capacities and ranks. Okot recognized the need to provide more services to people of concern and founded a Community-Based Organization (CBO), which has since grown to become a National NGO, Hopelink Action Foundation (HAF Uganda).
Through innovative EdTech initiatives, the organization has enabled over 600 children who dropped out of school in Palabek refugee settlement to return to school. The tele-counseling initiative provided mental health and psychosocial support services to over 2,793 people during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and 2022. Additionally, over 380 solar radios were distributed to vulnerable children to access radio classes during the pandemic. Currently, the organization is building an FM radio station in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement to champion human rights awareness, advocate for inclusive education, and protect people of concern in the community and surrounding host population. Richard Okot Ochaka's unwavering dedication to protecting the rights of people affected by conflicts has positively impacted thousands of lives.