Rachel’s Story – How you helped Edukid

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maryIn July 2015, Edukid did something we have never done before; we intervened, and undertook emergency fundraising to help the family of one of our sponsored children. As we move into a new year, we would like to thank everyone for their support, and tell you a little more about Rachel and Megan.

Despite the 21 year former child soldier civil war finishing in 2008, there are many ramifications that continue to impact the children in our Edukid projects in Uganda. Physical and sexual abuse is still prevalent, and many children live in fear.

12 year old Megan is an Edukid child whose mother and father are HIV positive (fortunately Megan isn’t). Prejudice and hurt in the region is high and Megan and her family have been threatened by Megan’s father and his family. Megan would wake up at 4 a.m., before anyone else in the village was awake, and leave the house early to avoid seeing people and to make sure that she got to school on time. She studied late at school, often not getting home until 8 p.m., to help her to achieve better grades and to give her the chance to build a future that offers an alternative to the fear in which she has grown up.

As a result of Megan and Rachel’s situation, Edukid’s social worker identified Megan as being at risk and she was moved to secure foster care accommodation where she is much happier. A few months ago, Rachel was brutally attacked in a family land dispute. The attack left Rachel in a coma. At this point we felt compelled to launch our first ever emergency appeal to raise money for hospital treatment and funds for Megan’s family to start a new life elsewhere. Your response was incredible. You paid for all her treatment, after which we moved her to a new region and refurbished her house. We also trained Rachel in a new career and set her up with a small-income business.

Megan now boards at a local school near her mother, and thanks to Rachel’s modest income, Megan’s younger brother (who is HIV positive) has access to medical treatment.

Edukid supporters showed Megan that there is hope in life. They changed her family circumstances and replaced suffering and hardship with care and opportunity. Thank you for responding to our appeal and supporting Edukid. Every penny that you donated went straight to Uganda to support Megan and her family and to help them to secure a brighter future.