Education Ministries / General CBF / Poverty & Transformation Ministries

Selling bananas

The following post is adapted from CBF field personnel, Jade and Shelah Acker’s newsletter.

A few months ago one of our Center of Hope students from DRC (Congo) asked to speak to me privately in my office. This student is known at our Center as “the man who sells bananas.” He sells his bananas from a basket that he brings with him to English classes each day. As he sat with me in my office, he told me the story of how he came to be a refugee in Uganda. It was one of the saddest stories I have ever heard…and there have been many, many sad stories.

He was a pastor in Congo before he and his family of 8 had to flee for their lives after being brutally attacked by rebel soldiers. Now in Kampala, they struggle to survive each day by selling bananas, at the equivalent of about 8 cents per banana. He is unable to afford to send his 6 children to school… in fact some of his children, even as young as 7 years old, also sell bananas along the side of the road each day. No parent should ever have to send their small children out to the busy streets of Kampala to work!!

Imagine that for as little as $100.00 per month, Refuge and Hope could send three of these children to school so they could be in a safe and secure environment… and provide them the universal right of all children in this world to have access to education!

We are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, and we have so MUCH to be thankful for and so MUCH to give. I challenge you to consider this Thanksgiving how you can personally give to serve refugees in Kampala, Uganda. Your gifts can empower and enable someone to have an education. This is what it means to invest in HOPE!

We would like to offer you another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of refugees in Kampala, Uganda, by giving through our projects in the CBF gift catalog.

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