As a 69-year old widow, Abang Dut Ding struggled to make ends meet for her household of 5 children and 4 orphaned grandchildren in the small village of Warawar, South Sudan. The harsh, unfruitful harvest did not provide the necessary food to feed the family. Finding any sort of income, even if it was small and inconsistent was becoming a matter of life or death.
But Abang found it difficult to compete with younger workers, and she often found herself unable to find labour for the day. Feeding her family was increasingly difficult. Anxiety set in. Faced with no other options, the older children were forced to find work to afford food, causing them to miss school. The family was exhausted and hungry.
But then Abang heard of Tearfund’s emergency food distribution through her church leader. Unsure whether her family would be selected, she was overjoyed to hear that her family would be supported. She remarked, “I was so happy when I was chosen. I received the food distributions and life began to change. We have enough food for the entire month, with some to spare!”
She remarked, “I was so happy when I was chosen. I received the food distributions and life began to change. We have enough food for the entire month, with some to spare!”
Selling the surplus food to purchase seeds, Abang began farming to prepare for when the program ends. She has grown vegetables to eat and sell on the market. She no longer needs to do casual labour, and neither do the children!
“I don’t spend time worrying about where our next meal will come from. I think the children are starting to feel normal too – they are happier and doing much better in school. The project has changed my grandchildrens’ future, and I am so thankful to you.”