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.”