After three weeks that were full of challenges, the support of several generous partners has given these 8th grade children hope. I was told last week, by Henry Okumu, our African Director, that the 8th grade children arrived safely in Kenya. Praise the Lord for that great news! The new foster care program will enable these young students to continue their education.
Each of these children, 9 boys and 1 girl (Susan), have been studying at our school, Faith Learning Center, since first grade. They had done well in their studies and deserved an opportunity to continue their education. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan and the local tribal fighting between the Murle and Jie, they were unable to attend classes. They were often beaten and physically restrained from going to school, so after months of prayer and discussion with the children’s parents, the Board of Directors and the SEA Partners staff determined we should find alternative educational opportunities for them. Through the generosity of several donors, we were able to successfully move the children to Kitale, Kenya to continue their education through a foster care program.
In South Sudan, young girls rarely have the opportunity to attend school after they are 13 or 14 years old. They are often betrothed for marriage at birth and are taken as brides at a very early age. Fortunately, Susan’s father was committed to seeing his young daughter continue her education and refused to let her marry. It is so exciting for us to have this opportunity. Susan might be the only Murle girl to ever have received an education higher than the 7th grade.
Henry Okumu had found good Christian homes for them in Kitale and we look forward to seeing them grow and mature in the Lord. Please remember to pray for them as they begin this new phase in their lives. It will be a challenging transition, but by the grace of God, they will be make the adjustments and thrive.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and support. We are blessed to have you as partners.
Donnie Brake, Ed.D.