“I can count to 60. Want to hear?” 

A child refugee and orphan, Provy* is now living with a foster family and learning at school, thanks to Save the Children’s sponsorship refugee program.

Provy’s* wide-open smile and soulful eyes don’t express all of the heartache this 8-year-old girl has seen. Fortunately, she’s too young to remember the harrowing journey from the Democratic Republic of Congo when she was just 2 years old. Her family fled when her father was violently killed. Her pregnant mother was forced to flee and seek refuge for herself and her children in Uganda. When they finally arrived at the refugee camp, Provy’s mother delivered her baby, and then tragically died. Little Provy was taken in by one of the guards, never to see her sister again.

Today, Provy lives with her foster parents, who received support and parenting training from Save the Children, and she learns and plays at one of our child-friendly spaces. Everyone remarks on how much she’s changed from the frightened little girl she once was – how confident, even sunny, and hopeful. Plus she’s smart. One of our staffers says, “Provy could be president one day, who knows!”

*Name changed for protection

Provy hugging a Save the Children worker. The both hold a red balloon with the Save the Children logo.
Provy sitting at her desk, writing in a composition notebook.

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