Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Project beneficiary
Project beneficiary

Thanks for your recent generous gift to: Educate Children and Fight Poverty in South Sudan.

Your commitment to helping the women and children getting from extreme poverty is appreciated by our Board, and those who benefit most – the children!

Your donation will be used to purchase 50 bags of cement for making interlocking soil Blocks for building. You help raised $3,563, and still fundraising is ongoing far from reaching project’s goal. The children are eager for a school to be built on permanent structures so they get an education to escape poverty.

Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on our quarterly reporting and monthly news via our website throughout 2012.

Once again, thank you for all you do for Hope Ofiriha.


Miss Akello Susan, new Field Coordinator
Miss Akello Susan, new Field Coordinator

I’m Akello Susan, a new Field Coordinator. I will be sending you project updates from the ground throughout 2012. Read more

Hope Ofiriha would like to thank our donors for your ongoing support. Because of your generosity, we have raised over $77,234 since 2009 to operate 14 small –scale projects in South Sudan and Uganda.

As we head to a new year, we ask that you please keep Hope Ofiriha in mind for year-end donations. We’re currently raising money to fund a clean water hand pump and Mairo School building projects that will benefits children in South Sudan. Whether your giving is influenced by the spirit of the season giving, tax planning or a desire to contribute to a great cause, your gift will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who will benefit from these projects.

By making your year-end donation to Hope Ofiriha via the “Donate Now” button on our GlobalGiving page, you can help us fight extreme poverty.

I wish you a Happy New Year from Hope Ofiriha!


Marta Ikai, a beneficiary living in Omilling
Marta Ikai, a beneficiary living in Omilling

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!


Astrid & Lunde - we are returning to Omilling!
Astrid & Lunde - we are returning to Omilling!

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.


Astrid & Olav - heading to Omilling
Astrid & Olav - heading to Omilling

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!




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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$17,885 raised of $34,000 goal
483 donations
$16,115 to go
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