Introducing Hellen Alyek

Hellen (in Green) with IAWP president Terrie Swann cutting the Ribbon at the official opening 2006

Hellen is a retired Superintendent in the Uganda Police Force and in 1997 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) training conference which that year was held in Dallas Texas. She won this award because she had created the Ugandan Police Family protection unit having taken a courageous stand against child abuse domestic and cultural violence.

It was with the help of fundraising by the IAWP that she was able to open her shelter having previously taken victims into her own home.
Hellen has now retired from the police and lives and works full time at the shelter


In 1997, as a reward for her pioneering work in setting up the Ugandan Police family protection unit, Supt. Hellen Alyek won a scholarship to attend the International Association Of Women Police (IAWP) conference in Dallas Texas. There she spoke eloquently about the problems in her homeland where she has worked tirelessly for the rights of women and children. At that time Hellen was sheltering women and girls at her own home and had adopted 6 children orphaned by aids or the conflict in the north. She dreamt of having a special shelter for these victims where they could be rehabilitated and return, healed, to their own communities. The IAWP supported her and with their help she now has her shelter situated in Lira.  

In 2007, Joseph Kony, leader of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), as a result of an international arrest warrant for war crimes, retreated over the border  into southern Sudan. This tentative peace is wonderful and we pray it continues but this has left many thousands of abducted children trying to make their way back to homes that may no longer exist and to parents who are probably dead. So Hellen now takes in many of these children, brought to her by agencies such as Save the Children while they attempt to find family they can stay with. 

As well as her adopted children and all those she cares for at the shelter she has a daughter, Rose, and two grand daughters  

Hellen Alyek
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