As a child of war, Ajok Betty was given few opportunities growing up. Rebel activity forced her family to flee their ancestral land in the 1980’s and they were unable to return until 2007. Only able to complete primary level four, Betty was left with few means of earning a living. Now a part of Invisible Children’s handbag project, she is finally able to provide for her family and her two children, Walter and Sunday.

In five years at Mend, Betty has made real strides. She is building an eight-room house, brick by brick. Literally. Betty has prepared over 12,000 bricks, employing local young men to help her, benefitting not only her own family, but her community as well. Once she has the bricks needed for her house, she’ll continue brick making to cover the other building costs of the house.

But one of Betty’s most significant goals is ensuring that her children and her younger brothers and sisters receive the education that was taken from her. Betty not only pays for her sister and brother in school but has also transferred her son to a boarding school in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. She plans for her daughter to follow next year.

As a part of Mend, Betty is now able to live in safety and community and plan for a sustainable future.

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