We are so grateful to you for partnering with us to bring help and hope to children at St. Bakhita’s Orphanage. Your response to our appeal from Sister Bianca Bii recently provided crucial resources to meet an urgent need.
Thanks to you, children were able to receive essential food staples, soap, garden supplies, clothing, and medicines for ongoing needs like malaria prevention. Thank you for your generosity. You should know that your sponsorship is changing lives for children who have nowhere else to go.
Let me introduce you to one such young life you are rescuing. Meet 8 year-old Moses. His life was turned upside down one heartbreaking day when tragically both of his parents were shot by militia. In that moment everything changed. Suddenly Moses faced life as an orphan. Can you imagine surviving as an eight year-old all on your own in the perils of South Sudan?
Thankfully, Moses and his brothers escaped with their lives. But his brothers were too young to be able to take care of him. Fortunately, instead of facing abandonment as many children do, he was brought to St. Bakhita’s Orphanage, where Sister Bianca Bii took him in. At St. Bakhita’s he has shelter, a bed to sleep in, clean water to drink, food, clothing, and even basic healthcare. Life has not been easy for Moses. But at least now he will have a chance for a successful future.
Moses is now attending St. Mary’s Primary School, a facility also supported by Sudan Relief Fund. With the help of our donors, we have financed ongoing improvements at the school since 2014. When the roof was damaged in 2020, we were able to supply a new roof. And thanks to our supporters, we funded the construction of an entire new school building in 2019 to keep up with the need.
Lack of schooling is one of the many challenges here, a nation with one of the lowest rates in the world for children in regular school attendance. Being equipped with an education is a tremendous opportunity for Moses to help him achieve a hopeful and sustainable future. Your gifts also fund scholarships to help other orphans living at St. Bakhita’s pay for fees and uniforms so they, too, can have the chance to go to school. Not only does the gift of education prepare these youth to take care of themselves, the educated are often able to raise others up out of poverty and stop cycles of violence.
These are some of the things you are making happen as sponsors of St. Bakhita’s Orphanage. None of this work would be achieved without our team of sponsors and donors who support our work. You are an integral part of everything that is being done here.
On behalf of Moses and other orphaned children like him – children dealing with hardships and tragedies they did nothing to deserve – thank you for your compassion. We hope you are encouraged by seeing the lifechanging results you are bringing into their hearts and lives.
Neil A. Corkery, President