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Introduction to the images on this page: There were
several students at the school who
orphans or refugees. They had no families and were boarded at the
school. The school didn't have the
money to feed them during the two-week break. By Thursday, August 5,
saw these students cutting up and eating roots that had little or no
nutritional value. They were so hungry that they had no energy or
strength to talk
or to do much of anything. One of the teachers asked me to say
them. I didn't know what to say. I walked away crying. I told the
teacher that I was overwhelmed and that I didn't know what to do or to
say. He replied, “Why don't you just tell them that? They'll
understand.” On Friday, August 6, 2010, Betty and I
in the city of Gulu which had something that Nebbi
didn't have: an ATM machine. Using bank and credit card that I had
brought with me, I withdrew enough money to feed the students for the
next two weeks.
Many of the parents who send their children to the Nebbi
Standard College pay money to the school, but many others are unable
Instead, they pay by giving food or by giving anything that they have
(sometimes even animals), but it is not enough to meet all the needs of
the school. The
school has an American sponsorship program, but the money hadn't been
coming in as much over the last few months. During the last term,
70 of the 147 students didn't eat lunch because the
didn't have enough money to feed them. Many of those students ate no
walked three miles to school, worked all day at school without lunch,
three miles home, and had their one and only meal of the day.
Inspectors from the Ugandan Ministry of Education had recently visited
the school. The school was informed that they needed to make many
renovations to the school or they would risk loosing their status as a
National Testing Center. The required renovations included constructing
a new stairwell, safety railings on the second floor, and putting in
windows and doors. The school needed the equivalent of 10,000
American dollars to make the renovations, which they did not have.
This is their kitchen: a pot
of boiling water over burning wood.
The roots that the students were eating (described above) can be eaten
raw or boiled.
I tried them both ways; they have no flavor either way.
I am standing on one of the
two stairways to the second
They are not very stable.
This building, which is in
Nebbi, is where NEBSTA started before moving to its current site.
This is a picture of the
students cutting up and eating roots because it was all that they had.
Through all the hardship and
suffering, there are things that give the students joy.
The students appreciate these uniforms that were donated by Kalamazoo
Christian High School..
They asked me to plant a
couple of trees on the grounds of the school.
One of them was a fruit tree that will eventually provide food.