At 31, Sarah is barely older than I am, but her life has been so different – and so much harder – than my own.
She lives in Uganda and has 8 year-old twins, a boy and a girl, named Prosper and Patricia. Her story is a powerful demonstration of the difference the simple gift of food can make for a struggling family.
Some people in Uganda believe that twins are bad luck. Sadly, Sarah’s husband couldn’t handle the fear of superstition, and was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a father. So, when the twins were still just babies, he threw them – and their mother – out of ‘his’ house.
Describing that moment, Sarah gets tears in her eyes. She had nowhere to go, and two little babies to care for. They got so desperate and hungry they even resorted to eating out of other people’s trash bins for a time.
Sarah praises God for getting her through that awful time. She found work doing laundry, and sometimes gardening. Eventually, she was able to rent a small home. But as Prosper and Patricia grew, they needed more and more food, not to mention school fees and new clothes. Soon, Sarah started falling behind on rent. She even tried skipping meals to make ends meet, but it was never enough.
Soon, Sarah was desperately hungry and 5 months behind on rent. She was terrified she’d be kicked out of her house. Thankfully, generous supporters like you stepped in to help! Your gifts allowed us to commit to giving Sarah a Critical Care Pak every month for a year. Each Critical Care Pak provides staple foods like rice and beans. For Sarah’s family, this food feeds them for an entire month! For the first time, she is able to give her children healthy meals every day.
Even better, with the cost of food covered, Sarah was able to start paying down her rent debt. Today, she’s debt free! Now, she’s saving up a little capital every month. By the end of the year, she is hoping to save enough to buy a small food cart, which would allow her to become self-reliant and take care of her children.
For the first time since her husband left her, Sarah has hope for herself and for Prosper and Patricia – and it’s all thanks to the simple gift of food!
Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to build a better life for kids in need. If you’re interested in helping families like Sarah’s, you can find Critical Care Paks and other life-changing gifts in our 2019 Christmas Gift Catalog.