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.
Oct 4, 2011

Combating poverty through education

Astrid & Lunde - we are returning to Omilling!
Astrid & Lunde - we are returning to Omilling!

Omilling's former child-soldier problem is a complicated one!

Astrid Wang and Lunde Arneberg from the Oslo School of Architecture & Design are returning to Omilling to construct Mario primary school in November. The plan A – is to build one classroom, girl-pit latrine, and a teacher’s house. They are busy re-designing the school’s structure to match village’s standard.

Fighting against decades of marginalization and intense state of poverty that spawn the practice, it is sometimes hard to imagine there is a way to help. Funding school building may seem like a small thing to do when thousands of children are living in such a hard conditions, but this school provide more than an education. It provides hope, dignity, and a sense of well-being. But most of all, it brings the new-beginning into the lives of these precious former child-soldiers.

Hundreds of former child-soldiers find hope in the fact that they attend school each week. For many it is their escape from a harsh reality. They are getting an education that will help them get a job one day and keep them from being marginalized.

Ten in 10 girls in Omilling cannot read and write. And only one out of 300 girls in Omilling is at Juba University.

Omilling builds a school for the first time in the village’s history. But they lack the building materials. Could you consider helping to build Mairo primary school?

What will you give?

Hope Ofiriha has purchased15 additional bags of cement with the funding you donated.  These cements are in the store.

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Sep 30, 2011

HIV is attacking Omilling

Omilling educational workshop HIV Awareness
Omilling educational workshop HIV Awareness

 

 If you ignore HIV-AIDS it could be the death of you, so don’t die of ignorance.

 “Most villagers over the age of 3 will remember this public information”.

 Every household in Omilling will be sent an accompanying leaflet, explaining how HIV is contracted, why it becomes Aids, and the appropriate measures to prevent its spread.

Rates of awareness of HIV, which attack the immune system, increase for the last three years, suggesting the campaign had got through.

But in the years since, much has changed. Improved drugs mean HIV is no longer necessarily regarded as a “death sentence” in the west. In Omilling, villagers cannot afford to buy the drugs.

However, the number of people tested for HIV voluntarily had risen to an estimated 16000 by 2009 – a threefold increase on the 2000 level.

Due to heavy rain 4 workshops had been cancelled since these are run under trees and also with no resources. We are pushing hard to save lives by providing vital information. Three workshops took place before the rain starts. In October we will be pushing "a hard - hitting" campaign to reach all the villages.

In three months to come a new update will be posted and we will report on how your contribution is making impact on the lives of the villagers in Omilling.

We still need your help to put the finishing touches on this project to help villagers to protect themselves from catching HIV and to stop the spread further.

 

 

 

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Sep 28, 2011

A porridge made out of ground maize

Women pound Dried maize using Hand!
Women pound Dried maize using Hand!

The traditional making of the maize meal is very demanding and labor intensive.

Omillings are raised to believe that only Ogali (a porridge made out of ground maize) constitutes a full meal. Any other foods eaten in between are regarded inadequate substitutes.

Let’s say you meet a villager late in the afternoon and ask if he or she has eaten.  Most likely they will tell you that they haven’t eaten all day although they might have eaten peanuts, milk and a few other non-Ogali foods.

The process starts with the woman retrieving dry corn on the cob, which had been stored after harvest. The woman will elicit the help of children, aunts, female relatives and close friends.

The proliferation of diesel run hammer mills has helped in relieving girls and women in rural Africa. Omilling needs your help to get one.

$3,465 have been donated towards the budget of $7,500. But we still need $4,035! As soon the goal  is reach – HopeOfiriha gives Omilling a hammer mills.

We still need your help to put the finishing touches on this project to help girls, and women to get out from the cycle of labor intensive work, and also to  free up time.

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