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 4, 2011

Fighting poverty through education

William Ochieng visits Mairo primary school
William Ochieng visits Mairo primary school

Have you ever looked at the pictures of starving school building and felt powerless to help?

 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.

How can you be sure that your money reaches the destination and will it make any difference?

These are feelings and concerns that we have shared, but we believe that by starting small we can make a big difference.

To keep up the momentum of this school building project we need 200 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. Could you be one of these, please? If so please donate to “Educate Children and Fight poverty In South Sudan” – through GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation

While most charities focus on trying to transform a whole country, HOPE OFIRIHA wants to begin by changing one village for the better. Our vision sees the Omilling village being turned into a self-sustaining community that can act as an inspiration to others. Currently, the average village man/woman earns almost no income a week, lives in a mud hut and has no personal possessions. There is no health care and very few children will receive an education.

They go to school barefoot and sit on not comfortable wood bench. The walls of their classrooms are wide open and threatened with closure. These are the fortunate ones. The rest have no hope and no future.

Currently, 2018 children ready for primary school; unfortunately, there are no schools in Omiling village. If we don’t have help them, they will not get an education. Also, there are no government developmental activities at place in Omilling village.

That can change;
With only $10 from each donor given to Mairo school building project, the whole community can benefit. For a start, your money will help to pay for the 200 (50kg-bags) of cements to make soil blocks to build the school, increasing their chances of a future career, which will benefit the local economy. But also a portion of it will go towards supporting the child's family - the parents and children who are not able to go to school. There is extreme poverty in Omilling village.

This approach aims to empower the families to play a role in their community at the same time as preparing their children for the future. As more money is put into the community we believe that other areas in the Magwi County will also feel the impact.

We believe that a little can do a lot; Please help us make the people of Omilling village believe that too.

We thank you for your support in 2010 and will continue to partner with you for years to come until we reach the goal of this project is reach.

This report is written by William Ochieng - on his last trip to Omilling Village before the referendum on January 9th 2011.

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Mar 2, 2011

Give Us Hand press Soil Block machine

A woman making Red soil Block
A woman making Red soil Block

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!

 

 

 

 

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Feb 24, 2011

Give the miscroscope to south Sudan

New built health post - Omilling village
New built health post - Omilling village

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.

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