Women and girls are working hard to make sure community building project is moving.
On 08- Feb - 2011 president Omer al-Bashir, issued a republican decree accepting the final results of referendum, which supports the separation of the South into an independent state. North and South Sudan are presently engaged in talks to resolve the sensitive issues, which includes sharing of oil revenues, demarcation of boarders, and the contested oil-rich Abyei region.
Hope Ofiriha is waiting, women are waiting, and children are waiting for the donors to give the hand –press soil blocks for their building projects. We have a hand –press soil block machine. This one is not enough to cover entire community Omilling rural resettlement.
At Omilling village, women and girls are working hard to make soil blocks and children collect water to help in the production. As a community they are working well together and we are excited about the progress they are making, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of tireless work.
Soil Stabilized blocks (SSBs) are the best alternative to more expensive building materials such as burnt bricks.
Women are mixing the cement with local soil while young girls bring them water to complete the mix. It is also important the community is told about the different types of soil and the right way of making the soil blocks which will last for years, and years.
4 women can produce 400 – to – 500 soil blocks per day, which means the project is moving well.
Once the mixture is complete, it is placed in a simple hand operated pressing machine and compacted into soil blocks. These blocks are then placed in lines, covered with polythene and left to cure for 14 days. They are then ready to be used in construction.
Before we started producing the earth blocks we had to understand the quality of the soil we had available on the site and decide whether it is suitable for producing SSBs. We had then to work out the quality of cement needed to ensure the loading bearing capabilities and water resistance of “blocks”.
“Soil with a lot of clay in it is good as it helps freshly moulded blocks to stay in one piece. On other hand, sand and gravel give strength to the final product. Here in Omilling we have abundance of gravelly reddish type of soil which is perfect.
Producing these earth soil blocks uses very little energy and water – and unlike locally produced burnt bricks - the soil blocks do not have to be fired in a kiln.
The earth blocks are so strong and durable and by using in the building projects they are cheap and also helping our environment.
The women usually produce 500 soil blocks per day. The main advantage of this technology is that we can make the stabilized soil blocks on the site and we hardly need to use water. We are also using very little cement – 86 bags for 21,000 soil blocks which is enough to build 4 classrooms. The hand –pressing machine is also really easy to use, and when the classroom is built it does not need any plastering and looks so beautiful.
Hope Ofiriha is helping women to learn from one another through sharing experiences, innovations and lessons. After South Sudan becomes Independence on July 9, Hope Ofiriha will be organizing exchange visits so that more women learn from each other locally.
To keep up the momentum of this environmental –soil blocks project we need 40 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. Could you be one of these, please? If so please donate to “Give Better Blocks for Reconstruction: South Sudan” – through GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation.
In the next three months we will have new progress report, and to demonstrate to you the impact of your donations and also the changes your contributions is making the lives of poor women in Omilling rural resettlements of south Sudan.
Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!
Patients suspected of having malaria are be given reatment regardless of whether they have it or not. Read more…….
The main complaint at the two health posts are that they do not have microscopes. Although Robert, our volunteer doctor, had been trained to use a microscope, Hope Ofiriha had not supplied one as promised. This means that blood samples cannot be tested for malaria, and most patients suspected of having malaria will be given malaria treatment regardless of whether they have malaria parasite or not. We are still waiting for a donor to come and donate these needed microscopes. "Malaria is really threatening the lives of the local people."
Hope Ofiriha is waiting, Dr Robert is waiting, and Omilling village is waiting for a donor. Please help the people of Omilling village to have access to malaria treatment.
To keep up with the momentum of this life- saving project we are looking for 50 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. This way the project budget will be met on time. Could you be one of these, please? And if so donate to “Save People from Dying from Malaria in South Sudan” – through the GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation.
After three months we hope to give you progress report and demonstrate how the impact of your contributions is saving the lives of women, men, and children in Omilling village.
“My family wanted to leave Onura Village and move to Juba town due to the poor economic situation and lack of employment, but now that we have a source of income through beekeeping.”
The results are just terrific – the Onura beekeeping programs are running very well under the guidance of Village’s woman Manager, and her team at Onura women beekeeping Association. Women’s businesses are growing steadily larger and the local economy is also expanding noticeably in Onura sub village where the project is running.
The beekeeping project will provide local women with the opportunity to learn a sustainable agricultural skill and earn an income to support their families. The local women’s Group selected 100 participants, who learned beekeeping skills and how to market and sell the honey they produced.
After the end of the training, each graduating women received two beehives. Now, the women are equipped with the tools and skills to provide for their families; in the past, these women had no source of income and were dependent on male family members.
Rekele Dudu, one of the 100 women who participated in the training, said, “as a result of this project, I am now running my own beekeeping business and now I have a source of income to support my family.”She added, “My family wanted to leave Onura and move to Juba town due to the poor economic situation and lack of employment, but now that we have a source of income, we don’t need to leave our Onura village.”
With marketable skills and agricultural knowledge, women like Ms. Rekele are improving stability in South Sudan and for their own families.
There are several women whom Hope Ofiriha wants to give 3 beehives each and a loan of $50 as a start –up capital but there are no funds. The beekeeping microloans are the only ticket out of poverty for the very poor women in Onura village – sub village south Sudan.
To keep up the momentum of this life – changing project, we need 50 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. Could you be one of these, please? If so please donate to “Combat Malnutrition with Beekeeping in South Sudan” - through GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation.
In the months to come we will have lots reports and the impact of the funds this winter will be clearly demonstrated. We look forward to update you on our progress and to demonstrate how your contributions are making changes in the lives of women in Onura sub village - south Sudan.