Going to school in a war-torn country
Team Member: Dario Leone
Giacomo Bertoia wrote -
Ciao! Emmanuel and Michael just finished high school and need some money to pay for their professional education. If they were in the US, they could ask to their families, or apply for an athletic scholarship (Michael plays good soccer, for example…) or for a loan. But they are from Central Equatoria, in South Sudan. In South Sudan there is a civil war. They both had to flee from town, together with their brothers and sisters. Their houses were looted by rebels ravaging the area (I don’t want to make it too dramatic, but that’s how it is…). They both live in a refugee camp in Uganda, with not much to do. Luckily, their life is not in danger. But they both know that they cannot stay there, with their arms crossed, waiting for things to change. When these things happen, people get stuck in camps for a very long time. But they have a hope. Last year, Michael (one year older than Emmanuel) started a three-year course to become a clinical officer in Kajo Keji. That has always been Emmanuel’s dream, too. Despite the war, the school is still operative. In this terrible situation, their family cannot support them in their studies anymore. Nor there are associations working in the field that may sponsor them (I do not know how familiar you are with humanitarian assistance, but NGOs and International Organizations focus on primary education, rather than upper education). In two years (Michael) and in three years (Emmanuel), they will have a qualification that allows them to work as clinical officer. It is a position badly needed in the country. Given the current crisis, many medical assistants are called from abroad. If we help them finish this course, they will be able to help their families (by bringing home some money) and their whole people (with the work they will do). That is the story. That is why we decided to help them. I hope you will decide to help them, too. The sum we are trying to collect will be enough for one year of school (plus something for living expenses) for the two of them. You see, it is not much if you compare it with university education in the States. In case you were wondering why an Italian (Giacomo) and an American (Dario) are raising money for two South Sudanese boys, I will briefly tell you the story. We are good friend from university. Giacomo spent one year in South Sudan (in 2013) with an NGO working in the field of education and sanitation. That is where he met Emmanuel and Michael. At that time, they were attending high school. We used to play soccer and board games together… When they contacted Giacomo to tell him about their situation, Giacomo asked Dario’s support. And now we are asking yours. We hope you will join the cause! If you want to know more about them, we are more than available to share information. Thank you for whatever help you may give!