BOMA CHILDREN IN KENYA
Here is a story of hope for five young students from Boma who fled the conflict to Kenya. Henry Okumu, our African Director, tells the story.
The week before last week, the Nuer started fighting in the area of Maruo. Lile, a young boy from Boma, was affected by this wave of violence and fled becoming part of the many South Sudanese refugees who started streaming into Kenya through Nadapal then. He contacted me to help rescue his life.
I advised him to find a way he could use the money I had sent him for school fees to travel from Kapoeta to Nadapal and surrender himself to the UNHCR. After reaching Kakuma refugee camp, he informed me that the girls, who were now 4 in number, were very hungry and sick.
On January 30 Ken and I hurriedly left Nairobi to minister to their urgent need. It took us longer than we had imagined to relocate them from the refugee camp to Kitale and Mumias and to ensure they were put in safe custody. We have just completed the task today. Ken is travelling to his rural home today; while I will be travelling to Nairobi tomorrow in order for both of us to team up with Vincent for putting final touches on the plans we already made for our return trip to Boma.
Lile is now enrolled at Mumias Academy, a boarding school. The girls are under the care of very capable foster parents: my daughter and her husband. My son-in-law is a deputy principal of a high school, and my daughter is an experienced teacher and excellent mother.
Overall, we have spent USD 2,977 for the whole operation of relocating and settling them in school and lodging, as well as giving them the medical care they so badly needed.
Thank God for His provision and salvation of these young people.
Your support and prayers are having an impact for Christ to the youth of Boma. Without your support, we would not have been able to help these children begin a new life. Henry has calculated a monthly budget for the upkeep of the 4 girls including their educational requirements to be USD 300; while Lile’s budget will be USD 200 per term or about $ 70 monthly. Please consider a monthly gift to provide hope and encouragement to these children.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Thanks and God bless you.