Her name is Regina Konga, female, 50 years old. She has 10 children and they came from Kanyi village, Kerwa boma - Diocese of Liwolo. They left South Sudan on January, 14th 2017 with her husband and their 10 children. They came on foot and she carried her twin daughters, one on the left hand and another on the right hand, with a luggage on her head. It was a one-day journey, they covered 35 km on foot and rested 8 times on their way to Uganda, with no food until they reached where they have settled now in Mijale, Yumbe district.
She is a peasant farmer and her husband is a pastor. Both of them grow crops and also rear animals such as goats, cows and chicken for a living. Life was good by then in South Sudan, they have enough food to eat, they could sell the animals to raise money for other needs.
She was not happy after losing everything they had in South Sudan to the war. Sometimes when she thinks about, tears roll out of her eyes. They lost all the animals and household belongings. All she managed to carry was a mattress.
She lives with her husband and their children in Mijale, Markulu village, Kerwa subcounty, Yumbe district. They have 6 tukals (single room buildings), the roofs made of bamboo sticks and grasses, and the walls made of bricks.
They support their family through the crops they grow, also the CRESS projects of agriculture and savings provide their family much support.
She is a member of Paji Toto agriculture and savings group in Mijale and through this they have been able to acquire most of the items and animals they had lost in South Sudan. She has bought cooking utensils, goats and chicken.
“Above all, we eat healthy vegetables and have meals 2-3 times a day. Our children are happy and healthy because there is food at home. The projects, gave us hope that we would get whatever we have lost to the war in South Sudan. Life without the support from CRESS, would have been very difficult and unbearable. We thank God, all the household belongings, vegetables, paying medical bills and education of our children are possible because of CRESS support through the projects. My hope for the future is that, through the support of CRESS projects, I will build a concrete house, educate my children, buy cows and return to South Sudan a transformed person and not as I came. I would say CRESS has restored hopes of many South Sudanese beneficiaries that have become hopeless and traumatised due to the war. Involving them in livelihood trainings and envisioning programs made more changes in our lives. My encouragement is that the donors should continue supporting CRESS programs. ”