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.
Mar 25, 2014

Without Education - No Omilling

Francis, Interlocking soil block trainer
Francis, Interlocking soil block trainer

Thanks for your recent generous donation to Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan.

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

During the production at Omilling, we had one machine on site producing up to 500 bricks a day with a team of 2 men. The soil excavated from red marram was used to make the bricks. Francis stabilized block specialist with the community made 33,100 interlocking soil blocks with a mixture of soil, cement and water compacted with a manually operated machine. The benefits were actualized in the school’s beauty to two already built classrooms, the skills passed on, the productive use of soil and the firewood saved.

With your contribution the soil blocks have been produce enough to build six classrooms. Francis, and the community have really worked hard to reach the intended target before next rainfall starts.

This project is still far away from completion, but the progress is good indeed. Building two classrooms in a year helps in completing the project in the end. In the next quarter a new field update be sent, so that you know what your contribution is helping from the ground.

Omilling, excavation red soil marram
Omilling, excavation red soil marram
Omilling, manually compaction soil block
Omilling, manually compaction soil block
Omilling, a wheelbarrow full red soil marram
Omilling, a wheelbarrow full red soil marram
Francis, pushing wheelbarrow soil marram
Francis, pushing wheelbarrow soil marram
Omilling, community members at site
Omilling, community members at site

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Mar 25, 2014

Health Education - very Important

HIV & AIDs Educational workshop
HIV & AIDs Educational workshop

 Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

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

Public health education is a vital step to Omilling rural community understanding health issues.  Since we started our HIV awareness campaign the outcomes have been really good for the community. We have four local volunteers to visit each Sunday to give a one hour talk followed by 30 minutes question and answer season. This has been a very successful initiative, and for a small investment of time, there has been an increase of 200 people between January  and March tested for HIV.

This shall be followed by two hardest educational HIV workshops to produce maximum level of awareness at a village level with each gathering lasting 6 hours twice a month. Two HIV victims shall talk on how to avoid catching it, traditional leaders shall talk why is important to be faithful to your partner, and a Health-worker from Magwi Primary Healthcare shall talk how to live with HIV. At the end of the workshop the villagers will sing a song saying HIV is an enemy to live, HIV victims shall cry because their best lives have been contaminated by the virus - this is meant to create high level of HIV -AID awareness.

In the next quarter a new field update will be posted, so that you get to know what your contribution is helping to impact from the ground in Omilling.

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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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