When civil strife erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, many fled their homes taking nothing with them. Tens of thousands raced to a UN compound near the capital, Juba, that overnight became designated as an Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) Camp. The hastily improvised IDP camp provides security for the 50,000 or so people in the camp, but very little else. Many of the children whose parents have been killed or are missing due to the recent conflict have few or no clothes, very little food, and no opportunity to attend school.
Since then, AFRECS has worked with Bishop Gatteck and has been blessed by his leadership in establishing a primary school along with a feeding program for orphans and unaccompanied minors in the IDP Camp. The school opened in January 2017 with fifty children being taught in seven classes. The school has now been expanded to include 150 boys and girls, all of whom lost at least one parent in the violence since December 2013.
With AFRECS' support, and the donation of building materials from some local organizations, two school building have been built within the IDP camp, with more to be built soon when funding permits. The School for Orphans and Unaccompanied Minors continues to grow, enabling more children to be taught and fed in an environment that fosters reconciliation and hope in the face of tragedy.
Please help us continue to extend support to those in the UNMISS IDP camp, especially the orphans and other at-risk children. Your generosity allows AFRECS to continue this ministry to some of the most vulnerable casualties of this horrific war that now plagues South Sudan. We hope that when peace finally comes, the children who have now spent several years uprooted from their homes will be better prepared to reenter a peaceful and safe society. Please join us. . . the need is great.