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.