Thanks for your continued support to Educate Children to Fight Poverty South Sudan Project.
Thank you both, GlobalGiving UK/USA to play a significant role to help build a school! Thank you, Trolltech Foundation for contributing fund to buy materials for construction! BIG thanks to UNMISSION - South Sudan for being a driving force behind this project! Hope Ofiriha is very pleased indeed to be your field partner in Africa. You made our dream come true!
With your financial contributions, four classrooms had been built in Omilling. This project still ongoing. We will be building as soon fund becomes available!
While first world countries promote the progress of education, third world countries continually have to put more emphasis on the rudimentary necessities of life which can result in a lack of emphasis on education. The newly independent South Sudan offers such an example. As a country in conflict, the humanitarian aid has been focused on food, shelter, and healthcare.
Humanitarian organizations such as Hope Ofiriha, UNMISS, Trolltech Foundation and Journeyman International are helping to fill the voids in regards to education, especially for women and children who make up the majority of the victims, refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
With the help of Hope Ofiriha, the Omilling village in Magwi County, South Sudan will be receiving a new school that will help educate the children.
Students will no longer have to make an eight-hour round trip trek on foot through the wild bush to the nearest primary school 70 kilometers away. The dangerous terrain between the village and nearest primary school prevents almost all families from letting their children make the trek attend the school due to the risks.
The new school will replace the current temporary two-room twig shack that currently lacks even a basic pit latrine. The new educational facility will provide several classrooms, teacher’s homes, toilets, administration space, and a school kitchen for 1,200 students and eight teachers.
In a next report, we will post a field update, so you get to know how the project is progressing with your contributions.
Thanks for your support to help children to fight through Education. Hope Ofiriha has partnered with Journey International, Inc. to redesign the current structure of the school building. The present design is too expensive to build. However, one under design will require a small budget to erect the buildings. It takes six months to release a new layout. JMI will be coming in June to help build Mairo primary school.
Within now and June the local volunteers will make hardcore stones, quarry stones, collecting sand, and cutting trees to make timbers for roofing.
The project has purchased 40 bags of cement to produce more interlocking soil blocks to add to the one already produced.
Hope Ofiriha sends a new field update after a quarter so that you get to know the progress we are making with building work. Also, how your contribution is enabling children to attend classes in two classrooms already built.
Owinyikibul villagers clashed with new recruits in earlier March. The government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace deal despite the pressure from IGAD, UN, and the World. There are new fierce clashes in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Humanitarian situation is worsening. There are 1.5 million people displaced from their villages of which some are living in exile as refugees. In Owinyikibul of Magwi County, new soldiers recruit clashed with local villagers earlier March. The drunken soldier had refused to pay for the services where he was stabbed in a bar fighting. He then organized his fellow recruits burning more than 100 houses and market stalls in retaliation. One recruit in the clashes. A chief has blamed the trainers for failing to keep discipline.
Thanks for your recent generous donation to Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan.
South Sudan on the Brink of Famine as Fighting Rages On. Aid agencies predict that South Sudan could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.The United Nations has warned that a famine looms if there is no end to the fighting that erupted in mid-December between the government and rebels. More than a third of the nation's roughly 11 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, UN officials claim.
Additional aid is needed to combat this alarming crisis. We are very excited that Mairo Primary School is under way to construction in Omilling South Sudan. About 95% of the children cannot read or write. Our goal is eradicate this high level of illiteracy. The rain is halting our supplies, road is bad, and insecurity is discouraging vehicle to transport the supplies to the project site. We are looking for a truck.
When completed, the school will help nurture the minds of the children who have witnessed unspeakable things during the long war. The school will also provide children with love, comfort, and hope for the future. We are confident that the school will also bring unity and build a spirit of peace and reconciliation among four different villages.
We have received $13,500 from Trolltech Foundation (phase two), which will be added to your donation to purchase building materials. Although this is good news, but still we are underfunded. The fund will construct the classroom to a beam ring level as fundraising is ongoing.
With your fund, 300 bag (50kg) of cement is purchased, money set aside to pay for ten trip of sand, ten trip of quarry stones, and ten trip of hardcore stones. We also bought 12 pieces of the iron bar and added two-wheel barrows.
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.
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.
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