Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States and around the world!
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, Hope Ofiriha understands the observance of these festive family holidays that commemorates “United States’ rich mix cultures and traditions reflecting the blessings and sacrifices made by your forefathers”.
Hope Ofiriha wishes to send a most sincere thank you to all our supporters, donors, child Sponsor, partners, volunteers, and everyone else playing a role in our success. Together, we are making a huge difference in the lives of South Sudanese women and children struggling to rebuild a better future for themselves, their families, and their community.
Enjoy this special day of Thanksgiving and remember that we could not do this work without all the ways you help us. We’re so thankful for everything you do!
Omilling's former child-soldier problem is a complicated one!
Astrid Wang and Lunde Arneberg from the Oslo School of Architecture & Design are returning to Omilling to construct Mario primary school in November. The plan A – is to build one classroom, girl-pit latrine, and a teacher’s house. They are busy re-designing the school’s structure to match village’s standard.
Fighting against decades of marginalization and intense state of poverty that spawn the practice, it is sometimes hard to imagine there is a way to help. Funding school building may seem like a small thing to do when thousands of children are living in such a hard conditions, but this school provide more than an education. It provides hope, dignity, and a sense of well-being. But most of all, it brings the new-beginning into the lives of these precious former child-soldiers.
Hundreds of former child-soldiers find hope in the fact that they attend school each week. For many it is their escape from a harsh reality. They are getting an education that will help them get a job one day and keep them from being marginalized.
Ten in 10 girls in Omilling cannot read and write. And only one out of 300 girls in Omilling is at Juba University.
Omilling builds a school for the first time in the village’s history. But they lack the building materials. Could you consider helping to build Mairo primary school?
What will you give?
Hope Ofiriha has purchased15 additional bags of cement with the funding you donated. These cements are in the store.
Hope Ofiriha has purchased 30 bags (50Kg) of cement with the donated money by our GlobalGiving donors. These cements are in the stores awaiting the construction to start soon.
Work on the Mario Primary School—which will give hope to war orphans, former child soldiers, and other vulnerable children in Omilling village—is racing along! I recently met with Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg, two students from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, who have volunteered to redesign the school’s structure at village Standard.
For several months nothing was happening on the project, keeping the door closed for hundreds of vulnerable children to ever receive an education. Behind the scenes, the Hope Ofiriha team was busy working to find out why this valuable cause is failing to attract support.
The draft plan taken to Omilling village in February had to be changed after we consulted with the Education Ministry at Torit. By March 15, we had a full set of revised plans. Also, 65 percent of our supporters said the current “designed school structure” is not good at the village level, so they were hesitant to support it.
Besides redesigning the school structure, Astrid and Olav will travel to Omilling village in August 10 to meet with villagers and study the physical features of the donated plot where the school will be built. They want to make sure the villagers are involved in the design process so they have ownership of the project from day one. The two students will redesign the structure to meet the local physical conditions, and the final product will reflect Omilling village’s living standards.
We also plan to break the Mairo Primary School project on GlobalGiving into phases to garner more support.
Our fingers are crossed all these changes will keep the recent momentum up. Not only did we find the two new volunteers this month, the Technology Development and Advisory Unit at the University of Zambia donated a hand-press interlocking soil block machine to build the Mario Primary School. Good news!
Thanks to the University of Zambia and big thanks to Astrid and Olav for connecting Hope Ofiriha with The Oslo School of Architecture and Design!
$10 - buys 50 kg bag of cement to produce 70 soil blocks for building Mairo Primary School!
The Technology Development and Advisory Unit at the University of Zambia has donated a hand-press interlocking soil block machine to Hope Ofiriha to build the Mario Primary School. The donation—which ultimately will help educate hundreds of war orphans, former child soldiers, and other vulnerable children—is wonderful in so many ways!
Production of interlocking soil-compressed blocks is environmentally friendly because very little water and cement and no firewood are used to make them. It is also much cheaper than buying and transporting manufactured ones because they are produced locally with local soil and eliminate the need for mortar.
The donated machine includes an integrated mould and compression lever with two double channels for support, and a manual for operation and building techniques. The university also trained me for two days in soil selection, production, and curing of soil block techniques. Hope Ofiriha paid for the machine’s transportation, custom clearance, and freight costs.
Thanks to the University of Zambia for this fabulous donation, thanks to Monica, our communications consultant, for going above and beyond the call of duty in expanding our global outreach, and thanks to GlobalGiving for exposing this need to a worldwide audience.
We are looking for 200 people to sign up for recurring monthly donation of $10 each. Say if 200 people sign up for recurring donation, Hope Ofiriha will collect each month $2000 to build Mairo Primary School. This is a worthwhile project and we need your help to make it a reality.
Our donors have contributed $210 but still we need more funds! We are optimistic more donors will be joining us along the way.
We are really glad you are with us and Hope Ofiriha looks forward in working with you until this project achieves it goals. In the next three months we will bring you a new project update to tell you how the fundraising activities is going and if we start building the school.
This report was written by William Ochieng, and Monica, our communication consultant.
On May 2, 2011 GlobalGiving Recurring Donation begins at 12:01 am EDT! This is a great opportunity for you to sign up for monthly recurring donations only $10.
Why recurring donations? Recurring donations are a consistent and reliable source of income for our organization. This helps us in planning our activities several months ahead.
By making a recurring donation, you pledge to give to your project every month. GlobalGiving will automatically deduct the donation amount from your credit card each month.
Hope Ofiriha appreciates that you give monthly only $10 than to donate $120 in December as one time gift. $10 each month is a lot of money and it will go a long way to make a huge difference in South Sudan and Uganda. In Hope Ofiriha there are no small or big amounts. Every cents count!
GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonus awards during this campaign!
Here are the main reasons why you should consider signing up for monthly recurring donations to Hope Ofiriha;
The final results of this campaign will be adjudicated in August 2011. Bonuses will be awarded based on the amount raised and the number of unique recurring donors at this time. In some cases, projects may forfeit bonus awards if donors cancel their recurring donations before the awards are given.
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.
Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!
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