Who is Sudan Relief Fund

Sudan Relief Fund was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization because we saw the tremendous need to provide the people of South Sudan with emergency relief and support.

In 2011, South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan after years of bloody civil war. Unfortunately, that peace was short lived, and conflict with different factions within South Sudan led to another civil war, this time within the new nation. The subsequent conflicts have caused the deaths of nearly 400,000 people and have driven more than two million people to flee the country as refugees1. The World Health Organization has called the crisis in South Sudan one of the worst health emergencies in the world2. Because of this grave situation, the people are in drastic need of assistance.

South Sudan’s population must deal with major humanitarian issues, including the rampant spread of diseases such as malaria (one of the main causes of death), massive poverty and homelessness, tragically high levels of famine, and extreme weather conditions that damage farms and block roads. Though the violence is in decline, the people still live in fear of raids from rebel groups.

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Wau Refugee Camps - Sudan Relief Fund

Wau Refugee CampsSr. Anne Wandia

Serving refugees by providing medicine, food, clean water, and shelter.

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Catholic Health Training Institute - Sudan Relief Fund

Catholic Health Training Institute (CHTI)Sr. Esperance Bamiriyo, Principal

The CHTI trains young men and women from all over the South Sudan to become certified nurses and midwives. It is the first RN and SRN certified program in the nation.

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Loreto Rumbek School - Sudan Relief Fund

Loreto School for GirlsSr. Orla Treacy

Provide girls a safe place to learn. Support agricultural programs.

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Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp - Sudan Relief Fund

Leper CampNurse Noeleen Loughran

Noeleen tends to a group of people stricken with leprosy who have been ostracized by the locals. She provides them medicine, food, and water.

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Saint Bakhita Orphanage - Sudan Relief Fund

Saint Bakhita OrphanageSr. Bianca Bii

Clean water, food, basic medicine, and medical service to children.

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Ave Maria Parish - Sudan Relief Fund

Ave Maria ParishFr. Avelino Bassols

Providing education from kindergarten through secondary school, vocational training, and healthcare services.

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Nzara Hospital - Sudan Relief Fund

Nzara HospitalFred Otieno

Healing children and adults sick with malaria, pneumonia, leprosy, tuberculosis, and other diseases.

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Tombura-Yambio Diocese - Sudan Relief Fund

Tombura-Yambio DioceseBishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala

Programs in education, clean water, food relief, medicine, orphan support, and much more.

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Women's Center - Sudan Relief Fund

Women’s CenterBlue Sisters

Provide assistance to women, including young girls and teenagers, who have been raped, abused, or abandoned amid the violent conflicts that have plagued the region for years.

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Solidarity Teacher Training College - Sudan Relief Fund

Solidarity Teacher Training College (STTC)Sr. Margaret, Principal

STTC provides a 2-year study program preparing the next generation of teachers in a liberal arts curriculum. To date over 734 teachers have graduated with a Certificate in Primary Teaching.

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Nzara Hospital - Sudan Relief Fund

Christian Brothers of InstructionBr. Achilles Kiwanuka

Originally an education mission founded in 1940, the Christian Brothers of Instruction have rebuilt and revived programs to serve thousands of area refugee children in need of education.

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St. Paul Seminary Project - Sudan Relief Fund

St. Paul Seminary ProjectBr. Bernhard Hengl – Development Director of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference

Seminary to teach and train future priests the message of peace and salvation.

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Catholic University - Sudan Relief Fund

Catholic UniversityFr. Mathew Pagan, PhD.

Only fully-functioning college in South Sudan with programs in Economics, Business, Education, Agriculture, and Computer Science, with an emphasis on character development.

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St. Clare's Home for Children - Sudan Relief Fund

St. Clare’s Home for ChildrenFr. Federico Gandolfi, OFM

Provides food, shelter, trauma support, and medicine to orphans.

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Mother of Mercy Hospital - Sudan Relief Fund

Mother of Mercy HospitalDr. Tom Catena

Only hospital in Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region, which serves a population of more than half a million people.

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Gigaiba Hospital - Sudan Relief Fund

Gigaiba HospitalDr. Ahmed Zakariah

After receiving years of hands-on surgical training from Dr. Tom, Nuba born Dr. Ahmed Zacharia is now saving lives at the new Gigaiba Hospital.

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With the help of our donors, we have provided our partners with critical lifesaving food, clean water, shelter, clothing, medicine, and more. We have a proven track record of saving lives — providing relief to people in the starkest of situations.

Ultimately, our hope and objective is to help South Sudan become a safe and self-sustaining country. We are taking steps to achieve this goal by building schools and hospitals, hosting training and educational programs, supporting clean water and agricultural initiatives, and developing an overall strong infrastructure to support hundreds of thousands of people.

To ensure that these projects and our relief efforts are going to those most in need, our President, Neil Corkery, and our Director of Operations, David Dettoni, travel to South Sudan to visit with leaders and partners on a regular basis.

In 2021 alone, Sudan Relief Fund provided more than $5 million in aid, with $1.4 million going to healthcare and medicine, $2 million to refugee support, and $2 million to education and training.

Thanks to our partnerships with various leaders throughout Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda, and most importantly, because of the generosity of our donors, we’ve made great strides in improving the lives of the South Sudanese people. Despite the ongoing challenges, we’re hopeful that we can continue to support them and give them a chance to survive and thrive, improving the lives of millions.

SRF Director of Operations David Dettoni (left) pictured with Dr. Ahmed Zakariah in the Nuba Mountains.

Sources:

  1. https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/civil-war-south-sudan#:~:text=Since%20civil%20war%20broke%20out,or%20fled%20to%20neighboring%20countries.
  2. https://www.afro.who.int/publications/south-sudan-humanitarian-situation-report-2018
  3. https://sdnrlf.com/annual-report-2019/

Surviving Leprosy
Bringing Healing to the Forsaken

Lepers become homeless, destitute, and eventually starve. Without treatment, their disease progresses until they grow too weak or disabled to help themselves. They slowly die from exposure, starvation, illness, or attacks by wild animals.