CSI's "Sack of Hope"
In Sudan, CSI has helped liberate 80,000 slaves over the past 15 years. But after years in bondage, suddenly returning to a life of freedom can be a challenge in its own right. After years of bondage and suffering, liberated slaves often return with no home and no food and face 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.
In the photo at right, CSI workers pass out millet, which contains protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, and is the most important staple food in Africa. A 12-kilo portion is enough to feed a family for a week.
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, enough to feed a family of five for one week.