Kyaka Refugee Settlement in Uganda has recently become a new home to many Congolese people, fleeing instability in DRC. Because of the influx, supplies at the reception center are at an all-time low.
What they especially need as they first arrive is clothing. But clothes for kids is tough for a couple reasons – first, they keep growing! Kids are changing size all the time, and when resources are limited, pants become shorts overnight.
The second is play. No child in history has cared more about their clothing being in good shape when a good time is on the line! This leads to ripped shirts and pants.
For Day 163, we made a surprise visit to the reception center with bags full of new children’s clothes! Squeals of joy filled the air.
As one little girl walked away, she tied her new sweatshirt around her waist. It was too hot to wear it in the middle of the day, but she just wanted to have it on anyway she could!
Just think how you feel in a new outfit…it can make all the difference in your day!
The clothes won’t last forever, but they will provide joy and pride in one’s appearance – so important during these days of growing pains.