Project #4528

Bring Hope to a Destitude Family in North Sudan

by Hope Ofiriha
Najuwan - destitute girl
Najuwan - destitute girl

With help from our Donors Alai, her children and the mother have food on table with a place to stay.

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. Sudan will not be the same after July 9 2011.

Things will not be the same for Alai, and her family again - they are very optimistic. Alai was married away at pre-mature age. To her dismay they divorced when she committed to the marriage for life. She was torn apart and cannot stand the shock. Due to poverty she cannot provide the basic needs to her family by then. And in northern Sudan a divorced woman like her is regarded a prostitute and not a trustworthy person. In sharia-law she can re-marry, or get child support neither from the Authority nor from her ex-man. If she sues her ex-husband for child support it will not help. She was condemned and left alone to suffer.  Alai had no options but to take away her life – but luckily enough Hope Ofiriha came in the right time and rescued.

With the funding from GlobalGiving donors the lives of Alai, her family has changed. Presently Alai is about to graduate from a business training. After she will start the income generating business. The aim is to give them with monthly incomes so she can provide for their basic needs, and to pay the children’s school fees after the funding period is over. She could have completed the training but was delayed because her private trainer was outside Khartoum for two months. Alai is very motivated and is working hard so that she and her family will not suffer again. Her life experiences are her ticket out of poverty.

Our Khartoum volunteer Coordinator sent this report one week ago to me.

We want to thanks you for the supports in 2010 and will continue to partner with you in years to come until the goal of this project is completely achieve.

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!


We need help to get food!
We need help to get food!

With help of our donors – single mother and her children have food on their table.

The children of divorced mother are their way to recovery after a devastating starvation, and coping with new changes when their parent parted from each other. After divorcing, Alai has faced several difficulties. The father to children is not giving child support, and "the Muslim north Sudan" has no system which cares for single mother, and provide support for destitute children. Instead Alai is blamed that her husband left even if  the mistakes is  from her previous man. A husband is always right according to sharia-law, a wife must always be submissive to her husband” right or wrong”.

With the funding from our Globalgiving donors, Hope Ofiriha is paying for basic needs. Alai will also receive $250 after attedning business training for three months – to start an income generating business. The aim is with time she is able to support her family basic needs, school fees, and buy study materials for the children. She will also support her mother as well.

We thank our Globalgiving donors for their ongoing support and Hope Ofiriha looks forward in working with you in 2011- and years to come.

The staff of Hope ofiriha and volunteers wishes you “a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season”, to your family, friends, and colleagues at a round dinner table!

Divorce Alai
Divorce Alai

Alai is jobless, no income, and receives no child support from her ex-husband or the Authority.

To divorce is almost illegal and completely very bad in the northern Sudanese Muslim culture. Alai is not longer accepted by the society since divorced. Her family said she has dishonored them as such they don’t regard her as part of the family. Alai also faced discrimination by women in their residential area because they argued if they are seen moving or associating with a divorced woman as, Alai, they are regarded not reliable and bad reputation will spread over to their families.

According to Khartoum state law – a woman is not allowed to do business of any kind. And the only business, Alai, can do is to brew local alcohol and sell to make money for living. According to sharia law brewing alcohol and selling the substance is illegal. The penalty for brewing alcohol is five years, and 52 slashes by beating on the back, and a fine of £555 Sudanese pounds.

Alai has few options to look after herself, and children. Alai is completely stressed, confused, and disoriented. Any where she is seen people say, Alai, is bad, bad, and bad because of being divorced even though the initiative was from her ex-husband.

Alai lives with her children, and mother in the outskirt of Omdrumann city in the shanty area under the heat of 55 degrees. The area has no electricity, and water. Those who live in this shanty area have no choices in life. The area is for internal displaced people (IDP) from southern Sudan. Alai is still a young woman, and if given the right support tools she can do well in life.

Alai is defeated in life; Alai needs support and children need food as well. Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors who donated $45 to assist with their needs. Hope Ofiriha gave her the $45 – which she changed to £135 Sudanese pounds. She bought foods and provided for herself, mother, and children.

We are appealing to our GlobalGiving donors to continue to support this project. They are in a difficult situation. If we don’t help “her nice children”, will end up on street – or die from hunger since they are too young to beg.

Next progress report will come after three months – where we will tell you how, Alai, and children are doing. Hope Ofiriha will be working with you until the goal of this project are met.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Alai and the 4 children are really facing extreme poverty after being divorced. Alai receives no economic support to take care of her children. She cannot get a job due to lack of education, and cannot provide food for the children. If they are not help this will lead to a disaster.

We are appealing to anybody to help the poor mother and her 4 children. Please take this as an emergency as children are crying for food, and poor Alai is miserable 24 hours every since divorced.

Finally thank you for supporting us to help the needy. We strongly encourage you to keep supporting this worthwhile cause on ongoing basis.

Thanks for your support!


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Hope Ofiriha

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

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