Bear Grylls, television presenter and Chief Ambassador for World Scouting. Ban Ki Moon, former United Nations Secretary and Good Will Ambassador for Scouts. Andy Rabens, U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues. These are only a few "personalities" fourteen-year-old Kok Matim had the opportunity to meet while attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia between July 22 and August 2.
A South Sudanese Boy Scout living in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kok was chosen by the Kenya Scouts Association to participate in the Jamboree to showcase how Scouting can empower refugees through education, skills development, community service and citizenship activities. The event reunited more than 40,000 young people and adults from 170 countries and inspired them to take action toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the theme Unlock a New World.
“I LEFT MY WHOLE LIFE BACK HOME. I WANT TOSTART OVER, SMILE WITH MY CHILDREN AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION.”
It’s a night Mwamini will never forget. Her husband had recently died, but there was no time for grief. It was time to take her children, all under 18, from the devastated village of Rutskuru, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and leave for Uganda. The goal: pursue safety with the hope of finding peace. While walking through a thick forest, she lost contact with six of her eight children. They were nowhere to be found. And may never be.
“I would never know how to explain what happened. It was dark, and I have not seen my children since,” recalls Mwamini with tears.
Living in Uganda since 2012, Mwamini’s is one of 6,600 households supported by the USAID-funded Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District. Led by AVSI Foundation, in a consortium with Trickle Up and IMPAQ International, the project’s goal is to graduate extremely poor refugee households who fled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and vulnerable Ugandan households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. Cash transfer is a fundamental part of the Activity because it ensures basic needs including food security are met so that households can experience the stabilization needed to engage in other activities.
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