Kerral from the Emmanuel Centre introduced us to Besta and told us a little of her amazing story of survival as a child in Sudan, orphaned at the age of 4, she was brought up by her aunt.
Besta remembers sitting in a ‘‘classroom’’ underneath a mango tree scrawling in the dirt. The now mother-of-five said her experiences led her to dream about one day helping other orphaned children to gain an education so that they could get ahead in life.
The Bright Star Dream Foundation's aim is to raise funds to support four schools in South Sudan, while creating awareness about the ongoing poverty in the country.
Besta travelled back to South Sudan in February and visited her old school.
‘‘I saw the mango tree and that was my classroom and it is still a classroom and still there is nothing,’’ she said.
‘‘They sit on rocks writing on the floor and they have nothing.
‘‘I can feel their pain, I can see their struggle and I know how hard it is to lose both parents so my dream is to help.’’
Besta said there would be as many as 150 orphans in just one school of 400 students.
‘‘Their parents were killed as a result of the (civil) war. They may of died because they had no food, or were murdered in their own home, or stepped on a land mine, or some of them would of died of disease because there are no health facilities,’’ she said.
‘‘I want to give the children hope, and education is the key for everything. If we support them to get a good education we help the whole country. If we get these kids educated, things will be different in the future.’’
To donate or for further information contact Kerryal Willis on 0447408123.
Besta and Kerryal are going back to Sudan later in the year and we all at Tamar Sunrise wish them well with their endeavours.
Next week we have a fun activity planned for our meeting and there will also be a Carols meeting on Thursday and a Cocktail Party debrief on Friday morning.
Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise