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.
Aug 14, 2014

Fruit tree is important for future generation

This is what Omilling expects in future!
This is what Omilling expects in future!

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Give Fruit and a Greener Environment project.

Your contribution has helped purchased - ten banana seedlings, ten passion fruit seedlings, five jackfruit seedlings, and eight eucalyptus seedlings. The Traditional Authority has granted a large area of land to the project to use as a tree nursery.

Fruit trees are grown from infancy in special partner fruit tree nursery in Uganda so that our staff can manage the delicate budding and grafting process. From there, these seedlings are transported to South Sudan to go to one of three places -  Fruit trees planted in improved local fruit orchard, Fruit trees given to community to grow, and plant, and Fruit trees given to families as part tree planting project.

The fruit trees are for the benefits of Omilling, in time and with proper care will produce enough fruit for the members to eat, and to sell for profit. The project will also attract commercial activity in the area that will boost the local economy and infrastructures.

In the next quarter, a new field update will be posted so that you get to know the positive changes your contribution is making in Omilling south Sudan.

Aug 13, 2014

Gathering wood is risky

Returnee making clay stove to make a living
Returnee making clay stove to make a living
Thanks for your recent generous gift to Stop Cook stoves from Killing in South Sudan.
 
Since December 15, 2013 when social unrest broke up in South Sudan, women from Magwi County returned to Namboole and Kibuli, an area in the outskirt of Kampala city. These returnees settled in places they had lived before to engage income generation activity to provide their families with basic needs and pay school fee to educate their children.
 
With the fund from Deki (our microfinance lead partner) Hope Ofiriha had granted loans to twenty clients who are in the business operation of making and selling the clay wood stove. These clients are living in exile in Namboole, Uganda. More returnees will get loans as well.
 
With a contribution from GlobalGiving donors, Hope Ofiriha is funding the training of five returnees who are living in exile around Kampala city. The aim is after they had finished skill training, they will operate a business of making and selling clay stove to support themselves and their families. In the next quarter, four women from Omilling will be sponsored to attend skill training in clay stove making in Uganda.
 
In south Sudan, the shortage of firewood for cooking is one of several problems faced by many. Gathering wood women's duty that is fraught with dangers; they gamble with life-threatening attacks during the search for firewood in order to feed their families. In certain areas around Juba, firewood are depleted, leading women to travel further or dip up tree roots, eliminating any chance of the trees growing again. Even if women survive this, they are still exposing themselves and their children to potentially deadly smoke fumes.
 
The practical solution to tackle this issues is through the use of clay stove, which are both affordable and easy to use and make; cutting the amount of risky trips for firewood and allowing more trees the opportunity to grow. Subsequently, burning smaller amounts of firewood means less smoke will engulf homes and their lungs.
 
In the next quarter, a new field progress report will be posted, so you get to know what impact is your contribution is making in the lives of people in the ground.
Aug 11, 2014

It is still not safe for South Sudanese to return

With your help, a new loan hub launched in Palabek
With your help, a new loan hub launched in Palabek
Thanks for your recent donation gift to Microloan for South Sudanese Refugee women project in Uganda.
 
With the fund from Deki (our microfinance lead partner), loans had been distributed to 105 active clients, and your donation helped grant loans to 25 new clients. Also, a new loan hub is launched in Palabek Kal sub-county northern Ugandan to benefit south Sudanese women living in the county as refugees. The program is growing, and in few months it will have the large number of clients.

Despite the glimmer of hope, South Sudan remains a troubled nation. South Sudanese people are continuing to flee into neighboring countries, and long-time refugees in those countries fear to return home.

I saw the situation for myself on my recent trip to Northern Ugandan, near the South Sudanese boarder, where I visited the projects we have supported for many years.
 
While HOPE Ofiriha focuses largely on the huge need in northern Ugandan where refugees are settled and in South Sudan, it is not easy to forget that for 17 years we have been helping various South Sudanese ethnic groups, who have fled to Uganda during Sudan longest war.
 
With your support, we are determined to go on helping them. They have suffered terribly in the past, still live in fear, and there is little chance of them returning soon. Many are amputees who lost limbs from landmines while fleeing from South Sudan. Others lost members of their families through the ethnic cleansing that took place before they left. Our support over the last few years has been in microloans to help South Sudanese women living in Uganda as refugees.
 
I was able to visit several families who have been helped by your donation to establish small-scale income generation activities. Two of these impressed me. The first was a woman who sells noodles, sauces and other food items in a small local market in Kibuli in the outskirt of Kampala. She has gained a large number of regular customers, and when I visited her, she had a queue of customers. Both stranded refugees and newly arrived, waiting to be served.
 
As always I am extremely proud of the fact that GlobalGiving is supporting work that helps those who are the most unfortunate and overlooked. It is so important that South Sudanese refugee women can look after themselves and not be dependent on handouts. We need to help as many of these women as we can to establish simple projects such as food making, pig rearing, and local brews for income generation.
 
In the next quarter, HOPE Ofiriha posts a new field update report to let you know how your contribution is making positive change in the lives of refugee women, their families, their children, and their community.

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