Hope Ofiriha

We empower women and children living in rural communities to overcome social injustice, disease, illiteracy, and poverty. Our small-scale interventions enhance their social and economic well being and help them reach their potential.
Dec 27, 2013

Major Appeal:South Sudan

Injured child in Juba crisis
Injured child in Juba crisis

At this time, I would assume you have been following the ongoing news about South Sudan's 11 days old uprising. Gunshots continue to be heard in some areas of Juba, and now fighting has intensified, and moved to other States.

The fighting is between the Government and rebel forces. It remains unclear as to how many people have lost their lives during this man-made senseless uprising. Unconfirmed reports state up to 500 people have died in Juba alone and thousands are continuing to seek refuge at UN premises in both Bor and Juba.

Many civilians are now heading to the countryside crossing through the bush of Omilling by footing from Juba. These civilians are fleeing for a fear that a full scale civil war might break out any time. We are facing pressure, and it is a dire situation for the village clinic at this time. I'm not sure how we can ease a pressure of this influx if we don't get help, said Edward, healthcare volunteer. A week ago, it was bad in Juba, now the situation has calm down. We treat 50 fleeing patients a day at Omilling village clinic before they journey to their villages.

We are asking you to support the fleeing people with essential medicines, specially the children.

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Dec 19, 2013

Heavy Rainfall Halted Delivery

Our midwife says thanks for helping in Omilling
Our midwife says thanks for helping in Omilling

Thanks for recent generous gift to Stop Moms from Dying in childbirth project.

Only days ago an alleged coup in South Sudan has left hundreds dead, and many in the region concerned for what the coming days may bring for the world’s youngest country.

Due to Omilling's bad, and muddy road caused by heavy rainfall it has been nearly impossible for two months to deliver the critical needed basic materials for giving birth at Onura Survival Clinic. Delivery has been resumed until next rainfall season.

First the supplies bought two months ago ought to be driven to Onura Survival clinic. These are: 4 birthing mats, 6 boxes cotton wool, 12 pieces syringes & needles. Anna Abwoo, village mid-wife said today six moms are due to give birth this December. She's making a new order to get the items to clinic awaiting the arrival of new babies.

Here are a success stories from a beneficiary:

Jennifer would like to thank everyone for the generous support she received when she was due to give birth to a son, who's two years and three months old. Without your help probably I could have not been there anymore, said Jennifer. Your donations helped give me basic materials for birth giving. I gave birth safely for the first time in my life. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

We will be sending a new field update after three months, so that you get to know what the impact your contribution is making in the lives of new babies and their Moms.

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Dec 17, 2013

We Made a Difficult Decision but Good

A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve
A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve

Recently the board of HopeOfiriha met and finalized a decision that has been ten months in deliberation.

Immediately we will cease to implement, fundraise, and remove "send 100 Deportee children to school in Uganda project" from our projects portfolio. The project will also be deactivated or marked as funded from GlobalGiving website effective from December 20 2013.

This has been a difficult decision but one that has been considered after exploring several other options over the last ten months. In the paragraph below I'd like to share my support for this decision as the executive director.

When we began this project, we had a unique reason to give a helping hand to deportee families from Israel to South Sudan. Our target was to operate a child sponsorhip and microloan projects so children and their mothers benefits while adopting to new lives in their newly independence country. Outside our expectation, Lea requested to do fundraising from Israel as a volunteer, and a kind individual, not as an organization. When we began deportation was in its infancy in South Sudan, and Lea's second intention was not known to us as an organization.

In 2013, we find a different environment, one where our work is made difficult by her. We have found ourselves increasingly frustrated and stranded. To continue to accept your donations and pay school fees for children whom we don't know will no longer be accepted by the board. Also, we cannot operate a scholarship project whose benefits only go to favoured families, where children from the majority of deportee families are not benefiting. This is not in line with our policy of non-discrimination.

We detained the school fees to promote fairness as we felt some children were discriminated, and to make sure a child from each family gets a scholarship through a lottery system, and also we want to collect information of children who are awarded a scholarship by Lea without notice of HopeOfiriha as an implementer of this cause in Uganda.

The board agreed to pay $2563 school fees to Trinity Primary School bank account before Christmas by Alice Amwony - now without conditions. When this is done, a payment receipt will be shared by all parties concern. The final payment will be made January 30th 2014. Aslo receipts from last two payments will be shared as well.

A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve
A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve
A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve
A deportee child Hopeofiriha wishes to have serve

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