This is the story of 9 y/o Regina Jackson. This was one of the first street children I met on my journey to South Sudan, Africa. Regina's story is one of pure and utter heartbreak. My time in South Sudan brought me to Gumbo, where I discovered a group of street boys living on a concrete pad and sleeping on cardboard sheets. They were literally starving and dying from infections. I decided to buy them all food form a local restaurant, which they devowered feverishly. Word got out that someone was buying street children food! Regina was one of the children who heard and quickly walked several miles to where we were. I saw her just before she got to us, and what I saw nearly brought tears to my eyes. The temperature was hot that August day, nearly 100 degrees. Regina was wearing a blue dress underneath a winter coat. Sweat pouring down her face, which is when I first saw the scar on her neck. I got another plate of food so she could have her first real meal in months if not years. I had no words at first but eventually started talking to her. She told me her story, and I couldnt stop weaping. South Sudan has been in a constant state of conflict and tribal rivaly for centuries. Since 2011, It has been in a civil war that took her fathers life when she was jsut 6 years old. Regina had 5 brothers and sisters who were her world along with her mother. When the father died, the mother became distraut. One day, shortly after her fathers death, Regina went to collect fire wood. On the way back, she heard the worst noises a child could possibly ever hear. The sound of her mother murdering all of her siblings before she killed herself. Regina was left without any family or support of any kind. She then attempted suicide by sliding a knife across her throat but wasnt successful (the scar I looked upon). She was also a victim of many different forms of abuse, living as a street child of South Sudan. Regina ate the last of what was on her plate then quietly departed. That was the last time I ever saw Regina Jackson. One week later is when CWM Center for Orphans, Gumbo South Sudan was established.
Today, over 30 street children and orphans reside at the center. We provide them with Education, Food & Water, Medical Services, and a Place To Live. Total basic costs are roughly $1500USD per month for one center. I am asking anyone who reads this story to donate to this cause. There are over 100,000 street children and orphans in South Sudan that need your help. By donating, you help CWM in our quest to expand our center into more towns in South Sudan.
The Streets of South Sudan are riddled with violence, sexual assaults, kidnappings, and far too many forms of slavery and suffering. By opening and expanding more centers, we can rescue children like regina from the wiles of the Devil.
Thank You to everyone who donates and supports this cause.
God Bless Everyone.
Founder/CEO of Children of War | Ministries