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.
Aug 13, 2014

Gathering wood is risky

Returnee making clay stove to make a living
Returnee making clay stove to make a living
Thanks for your recent generous gift to Stop Cook stoves from Killing in South Sudan.
 
Since December 15, 2013 when social unrest broke up in South Sudan, women from Magwi County returned to Namboole and Kibuli, an area in the outskirt of Kampala city. These returnees settled in places they had lived before to engage income generation activity to provide their families with basic needs and pay school fee to educate their children.
 
With the fund from Deki (our microfinance lead partner) Hope Ofiriha had granted loans to twenty clients who are in the business operation of making and selling the clay wood stove. These clients are living in exile in Namboole, Uganda. More returnees will get loans as well.
 
With a contribution from GlobalGiving donors, Hope Ofiriha is funding the training of five returnees who are living in exile around Kampala city. The aim is after they had finished skill training, they will operate a business of making and selling clay stove to support themselves and their families. In the next quarter, four women from Omilling will be sponsored to attend skill training in clay stove making in Uganda.
 
In south Sudan, the shortage of firewood for cooking is one of several problems faced by many. Gathering wood women's duty that is fraught with dangers; they gamble with life-threatening attacks during the search for firewood in order to feed their families. In certain areas around Juba, firewood are depleted, leading women to travel further or dip up tree roots, eliminating any chance of the trees growing again. Even if women survive this, they are still exposing themselves and their children to potentially deadly smoke fumes.
 
The practical solution to tackle this issues is through the use of clay stove, which are both affordable and easy to use and make; cutting the amount of risky trips for firewood and allowing more trees the opportunity to grow. Subsequently, burning smaller amounts of firewood means less smoke will engulf homes and their lungs.
 
In the next quarter, a new field progress report will be posted, so you get to know what impact is your contribution is making in the lives of people in the ground.
Aug 11, 2014

It is still not safe for South Sudanese to return

With your help, a new loan hub launched in Palabek
With your help, a new loan hub launched in Palabek
Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda.
 
With the fund from Deki (our microfinance lead partner), loans had been distributed to 105 active clients, and your donation helped grant loans to 25 new clients. Also, a new loan hub is launched in Palabek Kal sub-county northern Ugandan to benefit south Sudanese women living in the county as refugees. The program is growing, and in few months it will have the large number of clients.

Despite the glimmer of hope, South Sudan remains a troubled nation. South Sudanese people are continuing to flee into neighboring countries, and long-time refugees in those countries fear to return home.

I saw the situation for myself on my recent trip to Northern Ugandan, near the South Sudanese boarder, where I visited the projects we have supported for many years.
 
While HOPE Ofiriha focuses largely on the huge need in northern Ugandan where refugees are settled and in South Sudan, it is not easy to forget that for 17 years we have been helping various South Sudanese ethnic groups, who have fled to Uganda during Sudan longest war.
 
With your support, we are determined to go on helping them. They have suffered terribly in the past, still live in fear, and there is little chance of them returning soon. Many are amputees who lost limbs from landmines while fleeing from South Sudan. Others lost members of their families through the ethnic cleansing that took place before they left. Our support over the last few years has been in microloans to help South Sudanese women living in Uganda as refugees.
 
I was able to visit several families who have been helped by your donation to establish small-scale income generation activities. Two of these impressed me. The first was a woman who sells noodles, sauces and other food items in a small local market in Kibuli in the outskirt of Kampala. She has gained a large number of regular customers, and when I visited her, she had a queue of customers. Both stranded refugees and newly arrived, waiting to be served.
 
As always I am extremely proud of the fact that GlobalGiving is supporting work that helps those who are the most unfortunate and overlooked. It is so important that South Sudanese refugee women can look after themselves and not be dependent on handouts. We need to help as many of these women as we can to establish simple projects such as food making, pig rearing, and local brews for income generation.
 
In the next quarter, HOPE Ofiriha posts a new field update report to let you know how your contribution is making positive change in the lives of refugee women, their families, their children, and their community.
Aug 11, 2014

Child healthcare is vital

If Omilling is to prosper health must be addressed
If Omilling is to prosper health must be addressed

Thanks for your recent generous donation to Fund Healthcare and medicines in South Sudan project.

With your donation, and money from South Sudanese in Diaspora we purchased and supplied the clinic with eight box malaria tablet, five box hydrochloride, six box Daktacort, and six box Clotrimazole.

It has been raining heavily in the last few months, which resulted in driving to Omilling nearly impossible. However, the veteran 4X4 Land Rover Defender manages well in a harsh environment. It has reached Omilling after a fierce fight with water and muddy road.

If the next generation is to prosper in Omilling it is so important that the issue of children's health is addressed.

The clinic has also been educating parents about the dangers of using witch doctors. This has resulted in a marked decrease in parents taking their children to these people, but of course this has led to an increase in the numbers of children and adults attending the outpatient services, and thus increased treatment costs for the clinic.

All of this has dramatically increased the funding required to run the clinic. In 2014 we need to do more to ensure all those children needing treatment can get it. Every child's life is so precious and we will do whatever it takes to help them.

South Sudan on the Brink of Famine as Fighting Rages On. Aid agencies predict that South Sudan could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.

The United Nations has warned that a famine looms if there is no end to the fighting that erupted in mid-December between the government and rebels. More than a third of the nation's roughly 11 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, UN officials claim.

In the next quarter, a new field progress report will be posted, so that you get to know how the impact of your contribution is saving lives from Omilling the project ground.

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