Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Two GlobalGiving Volunteers visited HO in Kampala.
Two GlobalGiving Volunteers visited HO in Kampala.

We thank you for helping this cause for several years.
We are pleased to report that two volunteers from GlobalGiving UK toured HO office in Kampala. The initial plan was to go to Mario primary school to perform project evaluation in Omilling. Unfortunately, the current social unrest in South Sudan denied them the opportunity. However, Alice and members of HO were happy that Naomi and Catharine passed by and offered training in HRM for two hours.

 At third quarter of this reporting:
Your cash and money from difference sources not used, and the Board had suspended a building activity momentarily, due to a spreading uncertainty concern in South Sudan.  The 12 iron sheets and a timber cutter machine which your fund bought in the second quarter had not been delivered as well. We will recommence the construction of the school as soon the instability improves in Magwi County.

In next three months, 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.

It was the bodyguards for rebel leader and presidential guards who fought each other in earlier July sparking days of violence which killed many hundreds of soldiers and civilians. The two forces had battled each other, almost five years to the day South Sudan declared independence from Sudan. Following the orders from the leadership on both sides, the clashes ceased temporarily in late July. The rebels then moved their based outside Juba in an attempt to save peace which both parties signed.

In August fighting was in the outskirt of Juba in which the oppositions accused the government of attacking their positions. The rebels regrouped and fled to Congo with Riek Machar, their leader. Over the months after the second fighting in Juba, the citizens have expressed dissent against the government, as a result of this, the rebellion is growing rapidly in Equatoria states, a region that had kept itself neutral in civil conflicts which much fighting in Upper Nile and Bahr el Gazel States. 61 tribes are targeting ethnic Dinka. The humanitarian needs are going to be very great after this, Director General for RRC, told reporters. They are going to need food, shelter, water, he said, adding that the need for shelter and clean water was pressing for those living in a Displaced facility within Juba town.

War-torn South Sudan is suffering a rise in hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups which could result in mass atrocities if the government does not act, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Animosity between South Sudan’s Dinka ethnic group and the people of its southwestern Equatoria region surged earlier this month when buses on roads south of the capital Juba were attacked as they passed through Equatoria region.


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.


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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$17,989 raised of $34,000 goal
488 donations
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