Grace fled to Uganda from her home in neighboring South Sudan. She is one of more than 2.5 million people that have left South Sudan in search of safe haven from war, violence and widespread food shortages.
Nearly half of the refugees have come south into Uganda. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there were more than 32,000 refugees at Palabek in January 2018. It’s estimated that there are as many as 48,000 refugees today, with 200 more arriving daily.
Grace had no way to earn income when she arrived a year ago with her husband and four children. You’ve changed that reality.
Funded entirely by your generosity, families in Palabek started planting household gardens in January 2018. You provided seeds, tools and the training to help them get the most out of the small plots of land. Now refugee families are growing beans, cowpeas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and okra.
The harvests have been abundant. Families are growing enough to sell for income, which has led to the formation of a bustling street market.