The Refugee Settlement in Kiryandongo, Uganda is home to over 45,000 people, primarily women and children, who have been forcibly displaced by war and persecution in South Sudan. Many are fragmented families and orphaned children who have lost their relatives in the war.
The Settlement provides some shelter and land, but it is up to the refugees to sustain themselves and build a new life. Few schools are available, but most little children cannot attend because the facilities are too far to walk and too expensive. The nearest primary school is over 5 kilometers away from their compound within the Settlement.
Our Ministry Partner, Pastor Sosthen, who also fled South Sudan with his family, is on a mission to share the Gospel of Jesus with the people as they begin to restore their lives. Pastor Sosthen has been instrumental in establishing a community within the Settlement and constructing a church and homes for the people, but his heart has been especially burdened for the children.
Seeing the vulnerable children wandering from day break to sunset when they should be in school, he went to the leaders of the Settlement, nearby teachers, the UN and other non-governmental organizations to ask for help in educating the young ones within his community. No one was able to offer support. Read more