Testimonies of refugee children in Uganda that are featured in Take Away Hunger Day. Check out their personal stories below:

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Priscilla Yar Gai Garrang

Angok Ma Bior

Maria Kaliny

James Zhick Chuol

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Priscilla Yar Gai Garrang

Summary

After losing her friend in the South Sudan war, Priscilla says she’s glad to put the trauma of the past behind her… and look forward with hope.

With a hot, nutritious meal each day at school, she can concentrate in class. Her health is better and her education has improved.

But she says there are more children than meals – so more help is urgently needed.

Hear from Priscilla

“We are thinking now about what will come in front. We have already forgotten the past. Because the past was so bad.”

~ Priscilla

Priscilla’s story

Forced to flee her home in South Sudan, Priscilla left behind the world she knew.

She arrived at a refugee settlement in Uganda with empty hands and a heavy heart. She had lost more than just possessions on the journey.

“We came from South Sudan when I was very young. I travelled with my mum,” she says. “It was so bad – we even lost some of our relatives. They shot them with guns because it was a war.”

Traumatised and struggling with grief, Priscilla and her family did their best to build a new life in a new nation. But many needs were difficult to meet in the refugee settlement – and the greatest was the lack of food.

Grateful for the opportunity to study at the local school, Priscilla eagerly attended class, but her best efforts were made much more difficult by the pain in her empty stomach.

“I like Uganda so much because when we came from South Sudan we never knew about studying. And I like studying very much!” she says.

“When there is no food, children will go home from school… we cannot manage to stay from morning to evening with nothing to eat. We are only children!”

So when generous friends like you provided hot, nutritious meals at the school through Feed The Hungry, those meals made a powerful difference in Priscilla’s life. Not only did her health improve, but the quality of her education jumped – because for the first time she was able to concentrate on the lessons.

“When we are in class and we have eaten, we are always satisfied,” she says. “We can concentrate on learning.”

And you can help feed a child like Priscilla today. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school for a whole month.

More than a meal, you’ll be helping provide children with an education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

And your support is urgently needed.

Priscilla says that there are more children than meals – and although the workers on the ground do their best to stretch the food to reach as many hungry children as possible, the need for more is critical.

“The children are very many here… from the other classes, nursery until high school, the population is very high.”

Like Priscilla, thousands of children wait in hope for the nutrition they need to grow up healthy, to actively participate in their education, and to build the skills they need to make their future bright.

Priscilla says she’s glad to leave the fear, hunger and trauma of the past behind her, and to look with hope to the full life that lies before her.

“We are thinking now about what will come in the future,” she says. “We have already forgotten the past, because the past was so bad.

“For the people who support Feed The Hungry, I appreciate you so much for giving us food. And I thank you so much. May God bless you!”

Angok Ma Bior

Summary

Tragically, both Angok’s parents were killed in the war.

He and his siblings escaped to Uganda. Without a parent to provide, he says he relies on God to meet his every need.

His faith sustains his spirit – and the meal at school keeps his body and mind healthy.

“If there’s food here at school, at least, then… that is good for a school child!”

Hear from Angok

“So now, I want you if you can help me. Because now if there is no food here at school, and there is no food from home, for you, you will not be alive. You will just die.”

~ Angok Ma Bior

Angok’s story

As the fighting in South Sudan escalated, little Angok heard his parents arguing. His mother pleaded to leave for Uganda; his father insisted that the fighting would soon die down and there was no need to leave.

In the end, his mother smuggled Angok and his siblings out and caught a boat across the lake. They crossed the border safely – but when his mother went back to South Sudan to meet his father, both were killed.

“My father was shot by a gun,” he says. “My mother lost a child there, and she also died. We remained with my older sister, who was still young.”

Life in the refugee settlement was far from easy for the children. His sister dropped out of school and got married in an attempt to better provide, but hunger was a constant companion.

“There is no one who can support me to pay the school fees,” says Angok. “There is no one who can buy for me clothes. I can just call God and tell Him, ‘You will give me the person who can do these things.’

“Our teacher [said], ‘If you lose your own father, what you should put first is God. Why? Because He is the source of life.’”

At school, Angok found solace in the presence of his best friend in class who often lends him his pens and pencils to write down the lessons they learn.

And he found another reason to go to school when Feed The Hungry began providing hot, nutritious, healthy meals. With a good meal each day, he is more alert in class, better able to understand the lesson, and more hopeful for the future.

His faith sustains his spirit – and the meal he receives through the support of generous friends like you keeps his body and mind healthy and nourished.

“If there’s no food here at school, and there’s no food from home, you will not be alive. You will just die,” he says. “But if there’s food here at school, at least, then… that is good for a school child!”

Your support can help feed a child like Angok today. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school for a whole month. More than a meal, you’ll be helping provide children with an education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

James Zhick Chuol

Summary

James was orphaned when his father was shot in front of him during the South Sudan conflict.

He escaped, alone and traumatised, to Uganda where he was reunited with his auntie, who raised him.

He says food from Feed The Hungry helped him stay in school when he felt like giving up. He wants to become a businessman so he can provide for his auntie.

Hear from James

The food was not here. We were, we were hungry. I was struggling, and then I just fell down because of hunger.”

~ James

James’ story

James ran through the bush to escape the fighting, hiding in the long grass to avoid gunmen and desperately trying to unsee what he had witnessed.

“When you see someone has been shot in front of you, you feel like you are a dead person,” he says. “When I saw very many people are dying, I just turned off my eyes. I don’t want to see all those things. I said, God just save me, and actually God answered my prayers. Now I’m still alive.”

He was alive but struggling with the trauma of seeing his father shot in front of him, when he arrived, afraid and alone, in Uganda.

“It was a very heavy war,” he says. “It destroyed properties of people, even death of people. They killed my family. I’m the only person who survived. I could only pray that all these things would go away.”

In a refugee settlement, James was reunited with his auntie. At last, he had someone to love him back from the brink.

“My auntie is the one who takes care of me,” he says.

But he struggled to concentrate in class, living with the grief of losing his family, and wondering what would become of his life. His lack of resources made everything more difficult.

“It’s very hard to afford money to pay for school so you can continue studying. But the only thing I was thinking was, ‘If I keep going on with my study, my life story will change forever’. That’s why I’m continuing with my schooling.”

His determination and his auntie’s love pushed him onward.

And one more thing made a vital difference in James’s life – the provision of a hot, nutritious meal at school through Feed The Hungry.

Suddenly, his stomach was filled, and his heart began to inflate with hope.

“We appreciate the people who bring food here. Because when the food was not here, we were hungry!

“[Without food] you may lose your concentration when the teacher is teaching. One time I went home but I got nothing… I was struggling and then I just fell down because of hunger.

“But the food which was brought here is very delicious. So good!”

A meal at school meant he no longer had to walk home in the middle of the day in search of something to eat. He could stay and study, eat with his friends, and enjoy his education. For the first time, he could picture a new future – and dream of a day when he could care for his auntie as she has cared for him.

“My dream is when I complete my education, I would like to become a trader. I want to be a businessman!”

You can help feed a child like James today. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school for a whole month. More than a meal, you’re providing a future!

Maria Kaliny

Summary

Maria fled the war in South Sudan. In Uganda she has an opportunity for an education.

“When I eat, I’ll be okay. I will be telling answers to the teacher because I’m very strong now,” she says.

Her classmates want to become teachers, pilots, nurses or military officers. Maria aims to become a doctor.

She is eagerly soaking up her lessons, and the greatest is that her life matters.

Hear from Maria

As I came from South Sudan, I was not knowing anything, but when I came here, they teach me how to speak English and how to write. I know everything now. And I know how to speak English.”

~ Maria

Maria’s story

Maria fled to Uganda to escape the war in South Sudan, running with her parents and siblings to escape the shooting.

She says she was one of the lucky ones who made it out with her life. Her friend did not.

“We were the same age,” the 15-year-old says softly. “When she was trying to move… war was there. She died in that war.”

There was no war in the Ugandan refugee settlements but here they faced a dangerous new enemy – hunger.

A second meal per day was a luxury. There were many days when she ate nothing at all.

Despite her empty stomach, Maria walked to school every day and did her best to concentrate in class. She knew that education held the key to building a new future.

“I never went to school in South Sudan,” she says. “Now I enjoy study, because when I came to Uganda, they taught me how to speak English and how to write.”

Then, one day, it became much easier to concentrate in class – and her love for school grew even greater.

Maria became one of thousands of hungry refugee children to receive a hot, nutritious meal each day at her school through Feed The Hungry.

And you can help feed a child like Maria today. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school for a whole month. More than a meal, you’ll be helping provide children with an education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

A nutritious lunch at school changes everything for Maria. She explains the difference between hunger and a hot meal in her life, saying:

“When I feel hungry, I don’t talk to anyone because I have no energy to talk. I am very weak. Even what the teacher was saying, I could not understand because I was very hungry.

“But when I eat, I’ll be okay. I will be telling answers to the teacher because I’m very strong now. I will be talking with my friends, playing games or other things.”

Her classmates chatter excitedly about their ambitions to become teachers or pilots, nurses or military officers. Maria proudly declares that she is aiming to become a doctor.

“I would like to be a doctor in the future. When I finish at primary school, I will go to secondary and then college,” she says. “The reason why I want to be a doctor is because I want to save other people’s lives.”

She is eagerly soaking up her lessons, and the greatest one of all is that her life matters.

Maria is learning that she is loved – by God, by her family, by her teachers, and by an international community that is generously helping her to learn the skills she needs to thrive.

Violet

Summary

“I left South Sudan because my aunt and my parents were hunted by men whowanted to kill them,” says Violet.

Violet hid under a neighbour’s bed for three days before escaping.

Life as a refugee in Uganda was hard. But a nutritious meal at school brought her new hope.

“Receiving meals was the start of me being able to have dreams,” she says. “Now,I’m studying for the future.”

Violet’s story

Violet’s family was hiding at home when the compound filled with armed men. They hid under a bed in their neighbour’s house for three days before fleeing for their lives.

“I left South Sudan because my aunt and my parents were hunted by men who wanted to kill them,” says Violet.

“We lost our dad when we were still in South Sudan, so we came to Uganda with my mum. She later went back to Juba.”

When she crossed the border into Uganda, Violet was safe from the men who hunted her family. But the future still looked bleak. The shadow of the fighting in her homeland loomed over daily life.

Her father had been killed and many others in their settlement were grieving lost loved ones.

On top of that, the battle to meet their basic needs was relentless.

“In the refugee camp, it was difficult because we would go to school very early in the morning without eating,” she says. “You then have to study, then go back home late in the evening.”

But Violet was driven to attend school each day. She had a hunger to learn that enabled her to endure the physical hunger that made it so difficult to concentrate on what her teacher was saying.

“I want to study hard because I have a goal to achieve. I want to be an accountant and I want to be someone who helps the needy.”

And then, through the support of friends like you, Feed The Hungry was there, distributing healthy, nutritious meals to Violet and thousands of students like her.

And you can help feed a child like Violet today. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school for a whole month. More than a meal, you’ll be helping provide children with an education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

Because a hot, nutritious meal at school each day made a life-changing difference to Violet. The smell of cooking rice was the aroma of hope to her and her friends in the classroom.

“Receiving meals was the start of me being able to have dreams,” she says. “We had lost hope totally, thinking that maybe we wouldn’t prosper with the studies since the war was there. But now I’m studying for the future.”

Her improved health helped her to study harder and her work ethic shone. As the years passed, her grades continued to improve.

Today, Violet is studying at university. She is slowly building a new life after she lost everything she had known in the war. And it’s thanks to friends like you who enabled her to eat, grow and learn.

“I’m just saying thank you very much because without your help I wouldn’t be where I am!”

Alonyo Kevin

Summary

Alonyo was orphaned by the fighting in South Sudan.

“I came alone like this… All of my family are dead,” she says.

She had to work to pay her own school fees and buy a uniform.

With a regular meal, she can study, heal, dream and plan for a new future.

“I have to come to school. I eat food. I’m okay… I want to become a pilot, to fly to Australia.”

Hear from Alonyo

“They’ve killed very many people and when you’re walking, you just walk where people are now dead. You move while crying, you move while carrying things. And by the way, I came alone like this. I’m the only person who is alive from our family. All of our family are dead.”

~ Alonyo

Alonyo’s story

Alonyo is a young woman who has experienced more suffering than any child should ever have to live through. Born in South Sudan, she came to Uganda as a young refugee alone.

“I’ve suffered a lot,” she says quietly. “I came here in 2016. I was still young, only five years old. There was a war that took place where we were staying. They killed very many people.”

She had to leave her home on foot in a rising tide of refugees from her community. Tragically, her own family was killed. Alonyo describes her escape through the horrors in heart-breaking terms: “When you’re walking, you just walk where people are now dead. You move while crying, you move while carrying things.”

When she arrived in Uganda, she was unaccompanied by any relative and was taken in by a woman whom she calls her stepmother.

“I came alone like this. I’m the only person who is alive from our family. All of my family are dead. The armies shot them on the way with guns,” she says. “So, I feel sorry. I feel sorry.”

Life in the refugee settlement was lonely and it took a long time for her to begin to heal from the trauma she’d been through. The violence and devastation she’d witnessed seemed permanently seared into her mind.

The opportunity to go to school was a lifeline, but it wasn’t easy for her to attend. Without support, she had to earn money to pay for her school fees and basic resources, including books and a school uniform.

“My parents are dead, but I’m staying with my stepmother. I came to school, but I had no uniform. I had to go back home from school. I go and dig in people’s gardens. Then they give me money, [and] I come and pay it to the school.”

There was another reason she loved going to school, apart from the fun and friendship of her peers – a filling, nutritious meal each day.

Your support is urgently needed to help provide Alonyo and thousands like her with a healthy meal at school.

And your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child at school, just like Alonyo, for a whole month. More than a meal, you’ll be helping to provide education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

As her body grows stronger, Alonyo is regaining the ability to study, heal, dream and plan for a new future.

“That’s the plan that I’m having… I have to come to school. I eat food. I’m okay… That’s my plan – to study. I want to become a pilot, to fly to Australia,” she says.

“When we have food at school… we play together, we bang stories together, and we share the Word of God among us.

“For those who are giving us food, I pray that God should bless them to continue giving us food for eating at school!”

Rebecca Nyanhok

Summary

Rebecca survived a deadly vehicle accident on the road out of war-ravaged South Sudan.

Now safe in Uganda, she finds joy in the company of friends at school – and no longer has to worry about where her next meal will come from, thanks to friends like you.

“It is very nice to eat… You feel good. You can be revising and reading; you feel like doing something. You can even go and play!”

Hear from Rebecca

” I’m feeling now compatible because Uganda is safe. It’s not like our country where people are fighting always. Our school life is going well. Playing with others is also nice because in our country people do not play because of that. Well, if you play like this dog, they just come and they kill them.”

~ Rebecca

Rebecca’s story

The road out of war-ravaged South Sudan and into Uganda is dangerous in many ways. While many fleeing families faced murder or extortion from gunmen, others starved or succumbed to disease.

Others, like Rebecca, met their own misfortune on the unsafe roads. Crammed into crowded trucks or smuggled in car boots to cross the border, they feared the risks were high, but they had no choice.

Rebecca says she was involved in a horrifying and deadly road accident on the journey to South Sudan.

“It was a vehicle accident because the road is bad. Some people, their aunts got injured by that accident – and others were dead.”

When she eventually made it to a refugee settlement in Uganda, the first thing she noticed was that she felt safe. She found joy in the company of friends and the excitement of going to school.

“I’m feeling now comfortable because Uganda is safe. It’s not like our country where people are fighting always. Our school life is going well. Playing with others is also nice because in our country people do not play… if you play, like this dog, they just come and they kill them.”

But it was difficult to learn or play when hunger was gnawing at her belly. Without the strength a good meal gives, Rebecca says she struggled to listen to her teacher, to concentrate on her notes, or even play with her friends.

But you can make a powerful difference in the lives of hungry children like Rebecca! Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a child for an entire month – and a daily meal at school means more laughter in the playground, and more participation in class.

More than a meal, you’re giving them a future as they can enjoy their childhood and time with friends without worrying where their next meal will come from. By lightening the load of hunger, you’re giving them an opportunity to laugh and learn and look to a better future.

For Rebecca, a daily meal has made a dramatic difference. She says,

“When I eat at school, I feel comfortable. It is very nice to eat… Those cooks of ours, they know how to cook very well! You feel good. You can be revising and reading; you feel like doing something. You can even go and play!”

Thank you for giving children like Rebecca an opportunity to enjoy their childhood and have fun at school – freed from the pain and worry of hunger.

Machar Chuol

Summary

“If there is no food, we feel hunger,” says 17-year-old Machar. “We can’t listen to our teacher.”

He pauses – then smiles. “If food is there, we can feel good!”

Thanks to friends like you, he receives a hot daily lunch at school to help him learn.

“I want to complete my studies so that I can go back to South Sudan, to my mother, and do something to help her.”

Hear from Machar

“Our country was not good, then we come in this country… Uganda is different from South Sudan because Uganda have peace.”

~ Machar

Machar’s story

As the minutes ticked by, agonisingly slowly, all 17-year-old Machar could think about was the ache in his belly. He felt drowsy and sluggish.

The drone of the teacher’s voice fell away, replaced by the daydream of a hot, delicious bowl of stew that never ran out.

He knew that when the school day finally ended, he could walk home … but there was no meal at home to look forward to. Only the ever-present ache of hunger.

“If there is no food, we feel hunger,” he says earnestly. “We can’t listen to what our teacher is talking about. We feel bad; we cannot feel well if food is not there.”

He pauses – and then a big smile breaks through. “If food is there, we can feel good!”

Like so many young students at his school in a Ugandan refugee settlement, Machar fled his homeland of South Sudan to escape violence. “I travelled with my auntie from South Sudan to Uganda. Our country was not good… No peace in our country. My father lost his life in the war. They brought me here when I was still young.”

Without the constant threat of violence, he could study. But life was far from easy. Learning on an empty stomach was extremely difficult. Many days he had only one meal – and some days, none at all.

Through the support of generous friends like you, Machar now receives a hot daily lunch at school – a fortified meal that fills his stomach and gives him the nutrition he needs to be healthy and strong. Best of all, it helps him concentrate in class.

“I feel okay. When I’m in the class, I can listen to the lesson, to what the teacher is talking about. I listen so that if the teacher asks me a question, I can answer. If exams come, we can pass. We cannot fail. We can pass very well!” he says.

Your support can make a powerful difference in the lives of hungry children like Machar! Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a child for an entire month – giving them much more than a meal. You’ll be giving them an opportunity to dream of a new future!

As Machar interacts with his teacher and peers at school, he is driven to learn well by a secret longing. He wants to go back to his homeland and find his mother so that he can protect her and provide for her. He says:

“I want to complete my studies so that I can go back to South Sudan, to my mother, and do something to help her. Uganda is a peaceful country, but South Sudan still has some challenges of war.”

Thank you for your generous support to feed many vulnerable children like Machar – because a full life feels good!

John Makech

Summary

John’s father was killed and he was separated from his mother in the fighting.

Now, he’s studying hard – thanks to the support of friends like you – as he aims to become a doctor.

“I would like to get some job so that I can manage my life and my family. I study so that I can achieve something in my life,” he says.

Hear from John

“I would like to get some job so that I can manage my life and my family. So I would like to study so that I can achieve something in my life.”

~ John

John’s story

For John Makech, the contrast between Uganda and South Sudan is as simple as the difference between studying a textbook and fighting a war.

“In South Sudan, war is always there,” he says. “We are here in Uganda now to study, not to go back in war. So here is good.”

He has reason to fear the fighting. In the chaos of fleeing his home, his father was killed. He says his mother was left behind, so now, he’s living without either parent in a refugee settlement on the other side of the border.

“We decided to run to Uganda so that we can settle here. They killed my father in South Sudan. And my mom is still there.”

He is determined not to let his current humble circumstances limit his ambition for the future. He is studying hard because he knows that education is a door to a better life.

“I would like to get some job so that I can manage my life and my family. I study so that I can achieve something in my life. I would like to be a doctor.”

But without proper nutrition, John says he would struggle to learn anything – and his dreams would be out of reach. That’s why he’s so grateful for the support of friends like you, providing a nutritious, satisfying meal at school each day through Feed The Hungry.

“School is good!” he says. “At lunch time we eat – it is good for us to be eating because when we don’t eat, in the class we don’t concentrate. I cannot understand anything! Sometimes we feel sleepy when we’re hungry.”

You can help make a powerful difference in the lives of hungry children like John. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a vulnerable child for an entire month, helping them to learn, grow, and build a better future.

John savours every meal he receives; he knows there are many other children in the refugee settlement who don’t have the same opportunity.

“When I’m satisfied, I learn so well. Everything is good. The food tastes good – but the population here in my community does not make it enough.”

Your support is urgently needed to help feed thousands of vulnerable children like John. More than a meal, you’re providing a future!

“For the people who are supporting Feed The Hungry, they’re doing so much for us,” says John.

“I would like to thank them a lot! Let God bless them so that they increase in meeting their needs and they can provide for us also, so that we can all eat in the school.”

Massimo Odou

Summary

Massimo Odou loves going to school.

“When I’m here to learn, I feel like I’ll become someone in future to help other people.”

Despite hardship, he’s keeping his spirits high… and encourages you to do the same.

“To the people that support Feed The Hungry, I give you thanks… May you keep your spirit high that God may bless you daily in your life! Thank you so much.”

Hear from Massimo

“If there is no lunch, it makes our learning difficult at times. When I’m hungry and there’s no food, sometimes I feel like, somethings are paining inside my stomach.”

~ Massimo

Massimo’s story

Massimo Odou loves going to school. This bright and cheerful 12-year-old boy treasures his time in class with his friends at the Arnold Primary School in a Ugandan refugee settlement.

“I study here in Arnold Primary School. I enjoy this school!” he says. “When I’m here to learn, I feel like I’ll become someone in future to help other people.”

As much as he loves his lessons, he also enjoy the aroma of lunch cooking and he runs outside with his friends to accept a big bowl full of fortified rice. It’s a meal strengthened with extra protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to give him all the nutrition he needs to stay focused in class and learn well.

“When we have lunch, it makes us study and be attentive,” he says. The alternative – another day of hunger – wipes away his smile.

“If there is no food during lunch, it makes our learning difficult at times,” he says. “When I’m hungry and there’s no food, sometimes I feel like some things are paining inside my stomach, disturbing me.”

Thanks to the generous support of friends like you, he’s one of thousands of children in this refugee settlement to receive a hot, nutritious meal each day at school.

Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a vulnerable child like Massimo for an entire month.

You’ll be making a powerful difference in the lives of hungry children by not just meeting their physical need for nutritious food, but by showing them the love of God in action!

Massimo is all too familiar with the dangers in his homeland, South Sudan. The conflict has torn his family apart. “I live here with my mother and with my brothers and sisters,” he shares. “But my father is in South Sudan looking for a job.”

Massimo has faced a lot of hardship in his young life. But he’s looking forward with hope – thanks to the generosity of friends like you. He’s keeping his spirits high… and encourages you to do the same.

“To the people that support Feed The Hungry, I give you thanks for helping them to give us something,” he announces cheerfully. “May you keep your spirit high that God may bless you daily in your life! Thank you so much.”

Arok Deroka

Summary

“My dream is to become a doctor, to help some other people’s future,” says 16-year-old Arok.

Her mother works hard to provide for Arok and her brothers but struggles to meet their needs.

When hungry, Arok says it’s difficult to concentrate in class.

“If there’s no food at lunch time, you’ll not even understand what the teacher’s teaching because you just feel like sleeping. You feel hunger, you feel a lot of pain.”

Hear from Arok

“And my dream is to become a doctor, to help some other people’s future, like those who fall sick”

~ Arok

Arok’s story

Sixteen-year-old Arok knows the pain of the South Sudan war firsthand. She was forced to leave behind her home and everything she owned – and one of her older brothers was killed as they tried to escape.

“We started coming from South Sudan because of the attack of war that’s going on,” she says. “One of my brothers, the elder one, he was killed on the way when we were coming here.”

For seven years, she has lived in a refugee settlement with her mother and brothers. Her father left her mother to marry another woman and Arok doesn’t see him much. But he returned recently in an attempt to marry Arok off. She hid with the help of her family and narrowly escaped that fate.

She says her priority is her education right now. She needs to study hard to fulfil her ambition to become a doctor.

“My favourite subjects are mathematics and science. My dream is to become a doctor, to help some other people’s future, like those who fall sick and are now in our health centre here. That’s why I want to become a doctor.”

Her mother works hard to provide for Arok and her brothers, but it’s very difficult to pay for their school fees and meet all their needs.

“My mother does a small business to come and pay my school fees here,” Arok says.

But, like so many of their neighbours in the community, they can go for days without enough to eat. When those times of hunger inevitably come, Arok says it’s very difficult to concentrate in class.

“If there’s no food at lunch time, you’ll not even understand what the teacher’s teaching because you just feel like sleeping. You feel hunger, you feel a lot of pain.”

Yet support on the ground from Feed The Hungry is providing thousands like Arok with a hot, nutritious meal at lunchtime. And with a full stomach, it is much easier for her to concentrate in class, learn well, and continue moving toward her dream.

“You feel fine if there’s food,” she says. “But if there’s no food, I don’t know that I will survive.”

Your support is urgently needed to help more children like Arok receive the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Your gift of just $6 on Take Away Hunger Day will feed a hungry child-like Arok at school for a whole month. More than a meal, you’ll be helping provide children with an education and the opportunity to know God’s love!

Solomon Mwesige

Summary

As Feed The Hungry’s National Director in Uganda, Pastor Solomon is relentless inspeaking up for the poor and the vulnerable in refugee settlements.

He finds hope and encouragement in the impact that your support makes in the lives of vulnerable children.

“Uganda gives them space to live, but the rest – food, medication, education… this is where we need your help.

“You’re giving them an opportunity… I believe that the future of Africa is bright because of what we’re doing together among these children!”

Hear from Pastor Solomon

“The challenge we have here is more refugees coming into this settlement. I’ve been informed that, uh, they’re expecting 30, 000 more to be coming in on top of the many thousands that are here.”

~ Ps Solomon

Solomon’s story

Pastor Solomon says the reality of suffering on the ground in Kiryandongo would break your heart…

But the hope that you’re helping to bring will lift your soul.

Raised in a relatively comfortable home, Pastor Solomon says the plight of thousands of refugees opened his eyes to just how fragile life can be.

“I come from a family that is privileged. My father was a wealthy guy, a prominent farmer. I did not really know much about suffering… And then you come here [to the refugee settlement] and see hopelessness.

“Nobody looks at the sky – they’re hungry, they’re confused, they’re challenged.”

For years, he’s been speaking up for the poor and the vulnerable in Ugandan refugee settlements like Kiryandongo.

It’s become his life’s purpose to raise awareness of the situation and to meet the need as best he can as Feed The Hungry’s National Director in Uganda.

“When I come here, I see how life can be cruel and how it can be unfair… But I feel fulfilment when I come here. I see purpose. Because humanity is about sharing. I get challenged – but I also get energised to do more!”

So many have fled the violence in South Sudan and crossed the border into Uganda – the majority are women and children – and more arrive every month.

“The challenge we have here is more refugees coming into this settlement… on top of the many thousands that are here,” says Pastor Solomon.

“War is still going on. Insecurity is still going on. So these people cannot go back home… and they have to be fed.”

In the face of such need, your generous support through Feed The Hungry can help bring hope to thousands of hungry children.

This Take Away Hunger Day, your gift of just $6 will feed a hungry child at school for an entire month! A hot, nutritious meal at school not only helps them grow and develop – it helps them stay focused in class to improve their education.

Your generosity shows them the love of God in action as they’re reminded that they are valued and loved. Much more than a meal, you’re giving them a future!

For Pastor Solomon, the passion of Australians to support these vulnerable children through Take Away Hunger Day is a great encouragement.

“We have to keep them alive,” he says, with great passion. “Uganda gives them space to live, but the rest – food, medication, education… this is where we need your help. To make sure that these people are fed until peace returns to their homes.

“Everybody has potential, but these children lack opportunity. You’re giving them an opportunity, helping them get food… so they’re able to go and get an education, add value, change the mindset.

“I believe that the future of Africa is bright because of what we are doing together among these children!”

Joseph Wafulda

Summary

Joseph is on the ground in Uganda with Feed The Hungry.

A conversation with a hungry child showed him just how desperate the need is for the most vulnerable. He shares…

“I remember one time, one child told me, ‘I hate you!’

“I said, ‘Why?’ “He said, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to survive now, because I’ve missed lunch. So, I have to eat tomorrow. We have nothing at home.’”

Hear from Joseph

“I remember one time, one child told me, ‘I hate you!’ “I said, ‘Why?’ “He said, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to survive now, because I’ve missed lunch.”

~ Joseph

Stefan Radelich

Summary

Stefan Radelich is the chairman of Feed The Hungry in Australia. Based in South Bend, Indianna, USA, Stefan has served with the ministry since 1995 and as President of LeSEA Global Feed The Hungry since 2015.

Feed The Hungry’s heavenly vision is pretty simple… It’s to answer the prayer of those who cry out… “Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.” We’re called as the body of Christ to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to answer that prayer and to bring hope to the hungry.

Benjamin Evans

Summary

Benjamin Evans leads the Feed The Hungry Team in Australia. Visiting over 15 countries and their feeding programs, Ben has met thousands of children desperate for their next meal. With 2024 being Ben’s 20th year with Feed The Hungry, his heart is to be a voice for the voiceless, with a strong conviction that Christians are called to respond to those living in poverty. (Proverbs 31:8-9).

Hear from Ben

“So they want to learn, but it’s so difficult to learn when you’ve been on an empty stomach. So we provide meals to these children in a school environment so they can learn and be fed at the same time. And then as a Christian organisation, we also want to share the gospel with them so that we can feed them body, soul, and spirit.”

~ Ben