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.
Feb 14, 2011

Life and water are complementary basic needs

Onura muddy water pond for drinking
Onura muddy water pond for drinking

No water, everybody will die in Onura sub village of southern Sudan.

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.  Sudan will not be the same again, and Hope Ofiriha looks for a new Republic of south Sudan.

 Life continues to be a real struggle for women and children in Onura sub village. Most water muddy ponds are contaminated with water-borne diseases which are a major health problem for the villagers. They have no access to clean water. Young girls and women wake up early every morning to walk 4 miles to fetch drinking water. The local girls are paying heavy burden fetching water for their families - instead of going to school – they are busy carrying water. They will stay in this cycle of conditions throughout. The only ticket out of this miserable condition is to provide them with “Hand water pumps”.

Most children between the ages of 5 –to - 10 suffer from water-scarce diseases such as trachoma and scabies. People in Onura sub village really want this project implemented soon. But Hope Ofiriha is facing hard time with optimism in raising the funds to put in real life.

With the help of our donors we managed to raise $1,485 and we still need $10,015 to reach project’s budget goal. As soon the goal of $11,500 is met the project will be implementation. Or if we manage to raise $5,750 we will drill a hand water pump at the school so children can have access to clean dring water. Also by installing “Hand held water pump” at school will attract more children. Women are desperate to have access to near by water source, freedom time, and improve health status.

In Hope Ofiriha’s bank account it's recorded $1,485 the funds raised in 2010 – but we still need your help to raise the remaining balances. Will you consider giving only $10 – or more on monthly subscription? In this way we will reach the  budget goal quickly as the project will be having constant inflow of money.

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

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha.

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Feb 11, 2011

We need childbirth delivery bed and delivery set kits

jennifer Leo - expecting a baby
jennifer Leo - expecting a baby

Jennifer Leo, 18,  is expecting to give birth and needs help to get basic items during delivery.

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.

 2011 has many challenges for the people of southern Sudan. In Omilling, poverty, and diseases continues to threaten the villagers. But women are strong and hopeful, and are working hard to overcome these challenges. Hope Ofiriha sees it every day from the ground. You can help Southern Sudanese, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to ALL through GlobalGiving.

Poor education among women and lack of access to health facilities in a post war –torn Omilling village has increased risks surrounding child birth - due to lack of delivery bed, and delivery kits.

Home delivery and hospital maternity is not the same; when women deliver at home some local traditional midwives use unclean knives, increasing the risk of death even in cases where the process gets completed successful.

According to our local statistics here, 10 women die per 200 births in Omilling village. These women have a lifetime risk of dying in childbirth of 1 in 20.

 Dr. Lokong said: “I have come across several village women who have each had more than eight deliveries at home due to lack of health facilities. In many of the cases the children delivered die. Most pregnant young girls believe in traditional birth delivery, not knowing it may not always be safe. This is made worse when a maternity centre is not available locally.”

Dr. Lokong cited the risks of home –based delivery: excess bleeding, the placenta failing to descend, and disease transmission through handling contaminated blood. To stop women from dying in child birth they need a delivery bed, and delivery kits. “This is the best solution in this village.”

Hope Ofiriha has been supplying basic items which assist women during child delivery such as: syringes needles, sterile gowns, gloves and maternity pads. To continue to help more women Hope Ofiriha needs ongoing funding from the donors.

We thanks you for the supports in 2010 and we look forward in working with you in years to come until the goal of this project has been fully met.

Thanks for joing hands with Hope ofiriha!

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Feb 11, 2011

Give peace through education in S.Sudan

Mathew Hobbe-sponsored child
Mathew Hobbe-sponsored child

Emerging Republic of S. Sudan needs educated population to create a durable peace to sustain its development. By investing in S. Sudanese children’s education in Uganda is a ticket out poverty.

Due to a shortage of funds in 2010, we stopped sponsoring additional S. Sudan refugee children in Uganda. But we will continue to support the 8 children admitted in our program from last year. Possibly until they have completed their primary school.

We have had some sponsors cancelling their supports when they lost jobs. Two Americans, one Japanese, three Britishs, and Norwegians citizen stopped supporting citing “job losses”, as the main reason. But said they will continue supporting when hey get jobs. Children affected are really sad. We are working to find new sponsors to help the gap, and to make sure children previously in schools should not be left behind.

Hope Ofiriha has contacted the helper of John Odoch because the school fees have not been paid in months. Odoch is a good boy and clever at school – We are optimistic his helper will continue to support his education.

Mathew Hobbe – his previous helper has paid quarter fees – meaning that he will stay in a boarding school for three months. After that his sponsor will be paying nursery fees quarterly.

Both Jolly and Justine have joined senior school after doing well in their "primary leaving exams". Amuna Otwari has joined Juba University since last year with the help of her nice sponsor. These children made us proud of their academic performances. With small investments they achieve higher!  Poor Justine Okello passed with distinctions.

Out of 300 children – there are 292 children desperately in need of school fees and their poor parents cannot put these children in schools. They are on the waiting list! Please open your "hand UP" – and not "a hand OUT" to give these children a ticket of out of poverty.

We thanks you for the supports in 2010 and will work with you in years to come to achieve the goal of this project to help 300 S. Sudanese refugee children complete primary education in Uganda.

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!

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