THIS IS MY STORY
I am 29 years old. I am married and have 4 children of my own and 2 dependents I care for. I was abducted twice by the LRA and made to carry luggage for very long distances, even though I was unable to walk very fast. Due to this torture, I have developed a rare condition called, PERM, "stiff-person–plus disease.” I recall the fateful night that the LRA raided my home and abducted my brothers and my two sisters.
These rebels took us with them but released me and my siblings because we were too young to walk. My siblings were taken away and up until now my brother and sisters returned from the war with fatherless children and told us that our brothers were brutally murdered while attempting to escape.
I am just like any other child in this war-torn region. I could not get a formal education. Tailoring and making jewelry were the only skills and trades I knew. Since being here at the WEND facility, I have gained a broader education and learned financial literacy skills.
Today, I am proud to be employed full-time at WEND. This job is directly helping me to put my children in school, feed them and provide them with the opportunities I never had.
Hi. My name is Milka.
WEND HAS HELPED MILKA TO LEARN LITERACY AND BUSINESS SKILLS IN HER LOCAL LANGUAGE. SHE IS NOW MARRIED AND CARES FOR HER 4 CHILDREN - REMAH, CHARITY, ANDREW, & BLESSING.
“I do not know what I would do without WEND. I am the only one employed in my family and my job supports me with every basic needed in life.”