CSI has liberated tens of thousands of people from slavery in Sudan since 1995. But after years in bondage, suddenly returning to a life of freedom can be a challenge in its own right. After years of suffering, liberated slaves often return to their homeland with no home and no food and face the prospect of famine. Recognizing this reality, CSI developed a special aid package to assist survivors of slavery. These “Sacks of Hope” are delivered to freed Sudanese slaves, as well as to survivors of persecution and humanitarian emergencies throughout the region.
The start-up SACK OF HOPE contains:
- Tarpaulin to offer shelter from rain and sun which can also be used as a groundsheet
- Blanket to keep the whole family warm on cold nights in the bush
- Mosquito net for protection against insects, snakes, and scorpions
- Cooking pan for boiling water and preparing millet gruel
- Plastic canister to carry 5 liters of water
- Hand-held sickle for cultivating food and building a home
- Fishing hooks
Returning slaves also receive 12 kilos of millet, a grain containing protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – one of the most important staple foods in Africa. This ration is enough to feed a family of five for one week.