My name is Makuach Bil Thot. I am 11 years old studying at Good Hope Academy in Grade 3, Section C. I am an orphan and lost both my parents in the Sudan civil war in 2002 while I was only 1 year and 4 months, according to the information that I got from my Grandmother. My parents and my two brothers were killed by the shelling of a North Sudan war plane and I survived with wounds which appeared as scars on my face and my back. My elder sister Nyawech Bil Thot who is studying here with me at Good Hope Academy also survived and we were taken in by our Grandmother to grow us and care after us.
I live together with my Grandmother who is jobless and feeds us with the little money that she gets from selling fire wood which she collects from the surrounding bush. Our survival is very difficult and we sometimes take one meal per day or none at all. I thank the Covenant church leaders in Bentiu because they provide my Grandmother with grains and flour to feed us, especially during harvesting season.
In 2008, I joined Good Hope Academy in Bentiu in preschool and was promoted to Grade 1 in 2009. Since I joined the school all my school uniforms, exercise books and pens were provided by the school administration. They told us that the money that they used to buy our exercise books, pens and uniforms was donated by ECC churches in the USA. We thank those who donated money for our better studying and we wish them God’s blessings. The school administration has bought us good benches and blackboards too. My ambition is to become a medical doctor who will save lives and treat the poor.
Good Hope Academy is the best School in Bentiu-Unity State of South Sudan. I heard this information from the State Ministry of Education Honorable Pal Wakuay during his visit to Good Hope Academy in December-2011.
Thank you, Makuach Bil Thot