Lost Children of Jonglei Scholarships provides secondary schooling to children whose families originated from Jonglei State, South Sudan, but who have been displaced through civil war and now live in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Many of these children have no knowledge of their parents’ whereabouts, or have been orphaned and rely on relatives to survive.
Kakuma Refugee Camp was established in 1991 in response to the great number of South Sudanese fleeing the Sudanese civil war. Aduk Dau from Kellyville Anglican Church, arrived in Kakuma as a refugee in 1992. Having been separated from her own 2-year-old son, she spent the next seven years living alongside and caring for children at Kakuma who had been orphaned or separated from their parents.
In 1999, Aduk was granted a humanitarian visa. She’s lived in Australia for the past 19 years and is a hard-working Australian citizen. At Kakuma, 26 years have passed, but little has changed. Others like Aduk, still at Kakuma, are desperate for a peaceful South Sudan to return to, or to be granted a new life in another country.
Currently, there is little or no opportunity for secondary school education in Kakuma for any child, but this is especially so for girls. As generations of insufficiently-educated children grow into adulthood, the likelihood of them being equipped to bring peace to their home country becomes more remote.
Far more boys attend than girls. Classrooms are crowded as both teachers and buildings allocated for schooling are few in number. Learning facilities are basic. Due to these limitations, classes only extend to 6th grade level. Every child is underprivileged and struggles as camp conditions make life very difficult. However, these children are considered fortunate because they've escaped the terror of war. Many are bright, desperate to learn and thirst for knowledge. With access to secondary education, the possibility opens of a future for them, their families and for South Sudan.
If granted life in a new country, finding work and becoming self-sufficient is incredibly difficult, especially as an uneducated adult supporting a family. Aduk is passionate to see the Lost Children of Jonglei Scholarships change this.
Scholarships fund four years of secondary schooling for each recipient in an Anglican boarding school near Kakuma at a cost of $1200 per year. Sponsors can commit to four years for one student, or donate any amount to provide scholarships.
Teamed with Anglican Aid, and managed in Kenya through the Anglican Development Service in Nairobi, students are chosen based on academic ability, enthusiasm to learn, experience of hardship and desire to make their education fruitful in the future.
Your donation will change hardship into hope now, will positively impact individuals, families and have the potential to change the future of South Sudan and its people by bringing educated Christians into positions of influence and leadership.
- I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. 4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened[c]— burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require. 7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.[e] 8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” 9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. 14 May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” 17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. Aduk's prayer for each of the children waiting to be rescued and her prayer that the Lost Children of Jonglei Scholarships will be the answer as the children also pray Psalm 40 to help them cope with life in Kakuma.