Give Better Blocks for Reconstruction: South Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Soil Block Production Site
Soil Block Production Site

"We still need a stabilized Interlocking Soil Block Machine to build Omilling local Infrastructures"

The University of Zambia and Rahula Trust (UK), each has donated a hand –press interlocking machine. Since South Sudan got its Independence on July 9 2011 there are needs to build schools and healthcare post clinics. The demand to build have overcome the supplies of the two machines. Every village want to make soil blocks and people fight over the use of the interlocking soil block machines because they aren’t enough to cover the growing demand.

The interlocking block gives an answer to affording school buildings, water storage and sanitation needs at Omilling and Magwi County at large. The stabilized soil blocks are strong, economical blocks made from a mixture of sub-soil with a small quantity of cement. A bag of cement can be used to make between 90 and 150 SSBs which most villages can afford.

HO looks forward in working with you until this project is completed. In the next coming three months a new updated will be posted to report how thing are changing from the ground.


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!



Mr Basilio Lokurang, sub chief Omilling
Mr Basilio Lokurang, sub chief Omilling

Give Omilling stabilized blocks for construction needs!

Omilling is still in-need of a hand press soil block maker to produce the blocks for construction work. The stabilized blocks are the best alternative to the expensive building materials such as burnt bricks. It reduces construction costs by 60% according experts.

In Omilling, men, and women will be making the soil blocks while girls collect water for curing the blocks, and mixing process, said by Basilio Lokurang, the sub chief of Omilling. The donated money is in our bank account as the fundraising is ongoing.

In the next 3 months new updates will be posted. We will also report if there are new changes from the ground. We will continue to partner with you until the goal of this project is achieve.

Thanks to our donors! Thanks to GlobalGiving for sharing this project with kind people!



Donated soil producing machine
Donated soil producing machine

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.

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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!

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A woman making Red soil Block
A woman making Red soil Block

Women and girls are working hard to make sure community building project is moving.

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.

 Hope Ofiriha is waiting, women are waiting, and children are waiting for the donors to give the hand –press soil blocks for their building projects. We have a hand –press soil block machine. This one is not enough to cover entire community Omilling rural resettlement.

At Omilling village, women and girls are working hard to make soil blocks and children collect water to help in the production. As a community they are working well together and we are excited about the progress they are making, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of tireless work.

Soil Stabilized blocks (SSBs) are the best alternative to more expensive building materials such as burnt bricks.

Women are mixing the cement with local soil while young girls bring them water to complete the mix. It is also important the community is told about the different types of soil and the right way of making the soil blocks which will last for years, and years.

4 women can produce 400 – to – 500 soil blocks per day, which means the project is moving well.

Once the mixture is complete, it is placed in a simple hand operated pressing machine and compacted into soil blocks. These blocks are then placed in lines, covered with polythene and left to cure for 14 days. They are then ready to be used in construction.

Before we started producing the earth blocks we had to understand the quality of the soil we had available on the site and decide whether it is suitable for producing SSBs.  We had then to work out the quality of cement needed to ensure the loading bearing capabilities and water resistance of “blocks”.

“Soil with a lot of clay in it is good as it helps freshly moulded blocks to stay in one piece. On other hand, sand and gravel give strength to the final product. Here in Omilling we have abundance of gravelly reddish type of soil which is perfect.

Producing these earth soil blocks uses very little energy and water – and unlike locally produced burnt bricks - the soil blocks do not have to be fired in a kiln.

The earth blocks are so strong and durable and by using in the building projects they are cheap and also helping our environment.

 The women usually produce 500 soil blocks per day. The main advantage of this technology is that we can make the stabilized soil blocks on the site and we hardly need to use water. We are also using very little cement – 86 bags for 21,000 soil blocks which is enough to build 4 classrooms.  The hand –pressing machine is also really easy to use, and when the classroom is built it does not need any plastering and looks so beautiful.

Hope Ofiriha is helping women to learn from one another through sharing experiences, innovations and lessons. After South Sudan becomes Independence on July 9, Hope Ofiriha will be organizing exchange visits so that more women learn from each other locally.

To keep up the momentum of this environmental –soil blocks project we need 40 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. Could you be one of these, please? If so please donate to “Give Better Blocks for Reconstruction: South Sudan” – through GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation.

In the next three months we will have new progress report, and to demonstrate to you the impact of your donations and also the changes your contributions is making the lives of poor women in Omilling rural resettlements of south Sudan.

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!







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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
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Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway

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