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Jacob Gum Dek
Jacob Gum Dek

Congratulations on Your Graduation Jacob Gum Dek

June 25, 2019 06:54pm
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eet Jacob Gum Dek. In 2006, Gabriel and Monica along with their six children sought refuge in Uganda. They had come from the South Sudan which was engaged in an ongoing civil war. Gabriel met Fr. Dunson – and out of this meeting a wonderful opportunity for Gabriel and his family came about. All six children were provided with an education from the St. Kizito Foundation.

Today we are going to focus on one – Jacob – who recently graduated from college with a degree in Information Technology. Jacob joined the St. Kizito Foundation family as a student in primary school. He started going to a nearby day school with his tuition being paid for by the Foundation.

In 4th grade, Jacob was sent to boarding school to finish his primary education.  Among the things he recalled during these primary years was Fr. Don checking in periodically along with other members of the St. Kizito Foundation to see how he was doing.  He also recalled starting school not speaking any English and not being able to converse with Fr. Don and the other Foundation members – but as the years went by and he continued in school – his ability to converse in English fluently grew.  Jacob recalls, I never missed a semester at school, my tuition was always paid and I was provided with the scholastic materials that I needed.  It may seem strange to us that he would remark “I never missed a semester at school” – but in Uganda missing school for a semester or two or more or attending sporadically is not uncommon or unusual. 

Jacob went to high school immediately following his completion of grade school.  He finished in four years and was able to get into college first pursuing a certificate in Information Technology then pursuing – and achieving – a college diploma.  Jacob faces a bright future as an educated young man.  The following are Jacob’s own words written as he graduated this past spring from college:

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I feel so blessed to have spent 12 years of my life with the St. Kizito Foundation; getting support from people who didn’t know me but still ensuring that I went to school. So, on this happy day I ask God to bless every hand that has contributed to the St. Kizito Foundation – the contributions have changed lives – and to the board members for their tireless work to reach and support children.  I can’t pay anyone back and even if I could it wouldn’t be enough.  My payback right now will be to say THANK YOU to everyone, thank you for changing my life."



Meet the Gum Dek Family

The St. Kizito Foundation congratulates Jacob and his family on his success!  We are happy and proud to be a part of his story.

 

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St. Kizito Foundation supports approximately 300 students in their education and life.  We have students at all levels of study, although our primary focus is to provide our participants with sufficient and appropriate education so that they may earn a living and have a successful life. 

Our students are in schools of their choice, based on school and government standards of acceptance.  Students are assisted by St. Kizito counselors and staff in determining the best placement.   

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