Well-Fed Student

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Ten-year-old Ring Madhuel talks with World Vision staff member, Mayom Lee Makor, at St. Joseph's School in Kuajok, South Sudan.

Ring comes to school to learn and to have a hot meal. At home, he and his family have just one meal a day.

“Before the food arrived, we couldn’t play much,” he says. “We were tired. Now we are very happy. In the last [tests], I only failed science.”

Ring has big dreams. “I want to be the President. I will stop the war,” he says.

At St. Joseph’s School in Kuajok, Sister Margaret and Sister Nabila began working with World Vision in April 2014 to ensure the children at school are fed daily. “As a church and as sisters,” says Sister Margaret, “we can’t do it ourselves. We need help. One hand cannot clap.”

Staff deliver sorghum, yellow peas, and vegetable oil so the sisters can feed the nearly 400 children who attend this school. Having a good meal has changed the children’s behavior.

“The children would not respond to us before,” says Sister Margaret. “We would ask, ‘Did you drink milk? Did you eat?’ They had nothing at home. They were weak. They couldn’t listen. They would fall asleep.”

Sister Margaret was born in southern Sudan in 1973. “Before, as a small child,” she says, “I didn’t know hunger. We planted. We cultivated. At anytime we could eat. Sometimes I could take what I grew and buy a sweet or a biscuit. It was an enjoyable life.”

Now school feeding programs are needed so that children can go to school. “They cry if they can’t come to school,” says Sister Margaret.

Photo©2015 Jon Warren/World Vision

 

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