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.
Nov 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Holidays

Sudanese children need education in Uganda
Sudanese children need education in Uganda

Without your help 300 Sudanese refugee boys and girls cannot go to schools in Uganda.

Hope Ofiriha sponsors 5 students to attend a primary school in Uganda in 2010. Two of our previous volunteers are individual sponsoring certain students to go to expensive (by Ugandan standard) private boarding primary and secondary schools. Although this is an excellent opportunity, we are finding that volunteers are being pestered to sponsor individuals, and this is creating a certain amount of jealousy. We would like to promote sponsorship for both boys and girls on the basis of achievement so that children have fair chance of getting sponsorship. Therefore, we are looking for sponsors to pay all or part of these fees which work out at a total of $420 per year per student or monthly $35.

Two of our sponsored students (Okello, Jolly) will join secondary school in 2011. They have sat for their primary leaving exams, and we are expecting the two will do well.

Quote from Okello – beneficiary;
To my sponsor whom I don’t know  – I could not get an education and have a good future – but because my sponsor is kind "I have a good future.

We thank our Globalgiving donors for their ongoing support and Hope Ofiriha looks forward in working with you in 2011- and years to come.

The staff of Hope Ofiriha and volunteers wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season, to your family, friends, and colleagues!

Sep 28, 2010

Soil block progress report

Soil block production site
Soil block production site

Women in rural Sudan regarded brick making as a male dominated sector for several years. Recently, women started to produce soil block for local building projects.

Many women experience prejudice at soil production site. They also struggle to combine raising family with earning a living. To fight for equal rights and improved conditions in Omiling rural areas, Onura women have formed an Association called – Onura women in soil blocks Association, the aim of this group – open to all women working in the construction business. After they have produced the soil blocks for building projects locally, they will move their equipments in big cities and produce soil blocks as income generating activity. Suggestion which Hope Ofiriha appreciates very much – its mission to make women realize their potential.

The association was formed at a local conference in Omilling Sudan, organized by Hope Ofiriha as part of a project aim to improve women’s lives through active participation in the construction industry. Practical results of this project include adaptations of soil block presses and moulds to make them user-friendly to women. Women have also been trained in construction processes and business management.

Women of Onura are really motivated and they are doing their best to keep this project going. Hope Ofiriha shares with the same vision – but it prefers women to operate this project as an income generating ventures because the building sector is booming since the country signed peace in 2010.

The project has the potential of generating revenues, thus women will be able to help them and their families.

We are facing hard time in fundraising for this project but with positive attitude. Life has been hard for the poor in Onura rural areas, and also to our GlobalGiving Donors in USA due to current world recession. The local women understand this and they are waiting patiently. Hope Ofiriha is looking for 100 donors to give us only $10 each on monthly basis. In this way we will be able to collect the money in few months and help the women.

We thanks you all for being with us in this worthwhile project and Hope Ofiriha will be working with you until the need of this project are fully achieve. Next progress report will come after three months where we will provide you with detail report on the stages the project is making.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Sep 27, 2010

Onura field report

An - input -malaria -  patient under treatment
An - input -malaria - patient under treatment

The quality of the health of the village served has not improved since the signing of peace. Microscopes are badly needed for Malaria testing.

The available of basic health care in southern Sudan has improved over the past five years; however there is still a critical shortage of clinics in rural areas. Hope Ofiriha has distributed medical supplies in small boxes over the years to make a big impact on improving the health of the local population in Omilling rural areas.

The people in these rural areas are very poor and the past instability affected the village badly. The 25 years of war reduced the education, and health infrastructures to a very 0 level. The Omilling rural community has a population of approximately 12000 of which nearly half are under 15 years old. People are served by one health post, in the rural village called Onura but there is still shortage of many medical equipments.

At the present time treatments are given out to patients who show symptoms of malaria even if they may be suffering from some other diseases. The microscopes are critically needed to enable patients to be treated with the right medicines, and spare life for the rural poor. This project is at the fundraising stage, and the $60 donated have been used in purchasing 6 mosquito nets and given 6 families in Onura village.

This year thing has not been easy for us and our donors due to current recessions. But people who suffer most are those who are already poor. We are looking for 100 donors – Hope Ofiriha asks each to commit only $10 on monthly basis. This way we will be able to raise the required fund in few months. We will post a new progress report after three months so that you know the progress – this project is making. Thanks for partnering with Hope Ofiriha, and to help the people of southern Sudan.

Thanks for ongoing support!

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