Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Mairo School under construction
Mairo School under construction

There is high social tension in a country which leaders attributed it to foreign interference in the internal affairs of the country. Click here for more

Hundreds of workers and citizens took to the streets in Wau, South Sudan second largest city on Friday to protest against the increased of cost of living, and salary in arrears as the leaders warned the country’s economic woes were reaching a crisis point.

Protesters in Wau city, west east of Juba, demonstrated over raising prices of goods and services, and salary in arrears which they said were not matched by current wage structures.

A yawning public sector deficit, a falling local currency and high inflation have heaped pressure on South Sudan, which before independence was seen as a promising emerging economy in East Africa.

 We are grateful for your continued support to Mairo School building project.

 At the time of this reporting:
With your money and cash from other sources you purchased 12 iron sheets and a Hand-Saw machine to cutter trees into timbers to help in the roofing the two double classrooms. We are restarting building between November 2016 to February 2017.

At this time, the moody unpaved road due to torrential rain makes it impossible to drive to Omilling project site. The security is not promising in the rural areas due to the following growing political tension in Juba according to UN Mission in South Sudan. The materials purchased will be kept in store. The goods will be transportation to the site once construction work begins.

GlobalGivng Uk had suggested sending two qualified project evaluators from Uk to visit Mairo School building project. We welcome the idea, but we are asking the volunteers to delay coming until December because of insecurity concern. Also, construction activities will be in the same time a perfect fit during their 4 days’ visit.

We are suggesting to oversee volunteers who want to visit to come between November and February which is a dry season in Magwi County, and getting to Omilling will not be a problem.  

In the third quarter, we will send you a new field update to inform you about the impact of your positive contribution and how far the project has reached.

Thank you GlobalGivng for helping to build mairo Primary School! you will help the charity better.


Soon you will children in Omilling happy like her!
Soon you will children in Omilling happy like her!

Thank you for a generous gift to Educate Children & Fight Poverty in South Sudan.

At a time of this reporting:
Bucks from different donors and money you gave through GlobalGiving helped HOPE OFIRIHA purchased and supplied a project with 50 bags of cement, two wheelbarrows, and one hummer. In March, our volunteers made 2500 interlocking soil blocks. Between 2014 and 2015 35000 interlocking soil blocks had been produced ready for school construction.

However, we cannot continue with building activity due to a growing insecurity concern in rural South Sudan. We are hoping the uncertainty will improve soon for us to continue a construction of a school.

Children in Omilling are receiving lessons in a four classroom you built between 2013/2015.

In the second quarter, we send you a field update to inform you about the impact of your positive contribution and how far the project has reached, achieved and what is needed to get it completed.

Once again, thank you for helping Mairo Primary school! Thanks, GlobalGiving for helping Hope Ofiriha fundraising activity!


Interlocking soil blocks are good!
Interlocking soil blocks are good!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you for your support! The year 2015 comes to and end, and we have achieved a lot this year. Nevertheless, this project is ongoing, and we still need your support until the completion of the project.

Thanks for your continued support to Educate Children to Fight Poverty South Sudan Project.

By the time of this reporting:
With your cash donations, you helped built a new classroom. Without you, a dream will not come true. Also, you provided a Hand Up - not a Hand out to make 1500 interlocking soil blocks for building ready for next construction. We are still in need of more funds, and we will be building as soon money becomes available.

Hope Ofiriha is appealing; that equal education plays a critical role in eliminating poverty and promoting of peace in South Sudan. We are asking you to donate $25, or more to help us build a much-needed school building in Omilling that will provide equal quality education for many generations to come.

In a next report, we will post a field update, so you get to know how the project is progressing with your contributions.

Two Double Classroom Built in Omilling!
Two Double Classroom Built in Omilling!

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.

We need Education to fight poverty in South Sudan
We need Education to fight poverty in South Sudan

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.



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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway

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