Five orphaned children were reunited with their Grandmother. Peace (17), Lemi (15), Yakani (10), Jamal (8) and Savior (5) came to Uganda during the 2016 war crisis in South Sudan after the murder of their parents (mother and father) by gun shot on their way to Uganda before reaching Kaya in the border to Uganda. Their parents are originated from Kakwa from Gimunu of Yei county South Sudan.
Follow UP Visit
The visit to family of Orphans in Koboko Mizale Village was aimed to make a follow up of report sent to AGAPE USA for support identified by South Sudanese Urban Refugee Association. Mama Maria Kiden is Kakwa from Gimunu Yei county who had no close relatives left to support her with the orphans of her late daughter who were killed together with her husband during 2016 war crises in South Sudan.
The main activities during the visit were to introduce and interact with the elderly daughter (Peace Khadija who is 17 years old), the caretaker (Maria Kiden) to identify the urgent needs of this family and offered encouragement by volunteers to the entire family by giving Hope to the orphans in this state of their desperate need.
The three volunteers from Agape Int. and SURA who were involved during the visit to the family of the care giver of the orphans which was identified by SURA and referred to Agape Int.
Together with their grandmother from the maternal side, they were hosted in the house built by their parents and their landlord Ali. The house is collapsing and in need of repair, but in good faith they were given another house by the landlord to accommodate them for the next month. After that they are to get another house or go to the refugee camp because their late parents did not buy the land where the house was built. It was free land given to their late parents without legal ownership.
However, the grandmother is unable to go the camp due to transport limitation, fear of hard conditions currently in the settlement. She had a bad experience in the first refugee life which made her not comfortable to go back to the camp, where she had lost her sister due to poor medical support. All these factors created fears and convinced her to work hard as urban refugee selling draga fish in the market in the town of Koboko as she struggles to take care of her grandchildren.
Peace Khadija said, “Our greatest need at moment is food, education, shelter and clothing as their grandma's business has collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their grandmother has not told them about their paternal relatives because since then, they did not see them, and they have not been supporting them.
She said "I was staying with one of our relatives (sister to my late mama) in Yoyo where I was registered as refugee together with her in the camps (Yoyo) because My grand mama can’t manage to pay the school fees in secondary school.
Life there had some difficulties leading me to drop out of the school and join my other young brothers in town with grandmother. Life become difficult each day and I was compelled to look for help that is why I asked certain friend and directed me to Agape Int if they could help us in this condition.”
Advise offered by the volunteers.
The volunteers proposed that follow up for the needs of this family is very urgent and should be done as quick as possible to rescue the needs of this family as we keep praying and knocking at the doors for help which we are not sure when and what support will be given since there are a lot of south Sudanese with similar needs at this time.
• The family should be register as refugees in the settlements to able get small support from the UNCHR, currently their small support of shelters to the elderly people like their grandmother in the settlement. This could help them not to be stressed with shelter and small amount of food.
• The volunteers recommended the people of God to continue praying for God help and encourage the family too to be prayerfully and fixed their hope to God as the mission team will continue visiting them and keeping on praying along with them as we trust in God to open doors for them.
Given our visit and interaction with Maria and Peace, we are advocating for urgent support for the family in the following areas; School fees support for Peace Khadija which is 15000 Ugx development funds for PTA( Parents Teachers Association) , Uniforms 27,000 Ugx in Yoyo secondary, to find for a shelter near the school with poster care family identified by Agape Uganda, feminine care supplies 150,000 Ugx for other basic needs such as school requirements and personal effects so that she will be in school before she makes her mind for early marriage given the daily challenges she faces of personal needs which is the greatest danger we see on ground.
Basic Support for the children in primary school which is a government added another school cost such as termly contribution of development funds 50,000 Ugx per child totaling 150,000 Uganda shillings and also supporting the grandmother's business with some cash to revive her business to generate some money for meeting the daily needs of children at home as we look forward to relocate her to the refugee settlement so that she will be able to benefit from the UNCHR Humanitarian support of shelter, food among others.
The following are the urgent needs identified:
We look forward for constant follow up and updating Agape with monthly relevant information for prayer purposes and lobbying for the support of this family.
Yours sincerely in Christ the Hope our glory.
Prepared by: Aloro Peter
Country Program Director of programs and Mission
Agape International Organization
Report submitted by Joel Chrispo Dumba
President, Agape International, USA
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