Thank You from Our Partners in South Sudan
It’s all because of you.
We can’t thank you enough. You truly are heroes and angels to the people we serve. You made our ongoing lifesaving work possible through 2020, a challenging year for everyone. We served in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, and a host of critical locations where literally, lives depend on it.
It’s because of you that progress is made every year in spite of the overwhelming challenges the people of this region face.
Our 2020 annual report will be released a little later this year, but in the meantime, we wanted to highlight some of the programs you helped to support this past year.
Nurse Noeleen Loughran
Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp
You provided food, medication, and healthcare supplies to continue treating the medical needs of refugees and orphans at one of the most populated and sprawling refugee camps in the world. In one zone of the camp, 62 children live in a makeshift orphanage, where missionary nurse Noeleen watches over them. In addition to those duties, she administers medicine to the sick in the refugee camps, sometimes up to 400 people in one day. The majority of the refugees arrive ill and in pain, having no means to purchase medicine or treatment. Without the medical aid provided by you, Noeleen says that literally thousands of these people would die each year.
St. Clare’s Home for Children
St. Clare’s provides food, shelter, trauma support and medicine to orphans, most of whose parents died in the conflict during the civil war. In a challenging part of the world where intense heat, war, poverty, and hunger take a mental and emotional toll on aid workers, Franciscan Father Federico remains committed to serving God and saving the lives of these children. The home currently cares for the needs of 50 children, and the number is growing. Your gift of support has sustained these young lives with the most basic and needed necessities of food, clothing, and medical care.
Sister Bianca Bii
St. Bakhita Orphanage
These children are displaced, homeless, orphaned, and would have nowhere to go but the streets if it weren’t for the crucial place of refuge of St. Bakhita Orphanage. The children often arrive traumatized from witnessing the deaths of their parents and family members, and are in need of emotional treatment as well as physical help. At age 73, Sister Bianca Bii currently oversees the care of over 60 children. She expects more desperate children to continue arriving, as word has spread that there’s a safe haven there for children. Your gifts this year have made possible the provision of food, clothing, clean water, shelter, medicine for the ones who are sick, bedding with mosquito nets for protection from malaria, and protective fencing around the home. Sister Bianca thanks you for your generous and lifesaving relief given to the children of St. Bakhita in 2020. As you may know, the home relies solely upon these donated funds for their operation.
Sister Orla Treacy, Principal
Loreto School for Girls
Sister of Loreto Orla Treacy from Ireland is the principal of the Loreto School for Girls. In South Sudan, girls face extreme adversity in pursuit of education, and Loreto provides them with a safe place and an encouraging environment for them to learn. Surrounded by a region typically characterized by conflict and chaos, Loreto School for Girls provides hope and ongoing support in both primary and secondary school levels. The school is making strides in helping to combat one of the biggest barriers to education for teenage girls, that of forced early marriage. In South Sudan a 15 year-old girl is seven times more likely to die in childbirth than to finish secondary school. Loreto is taking steps to change that. Your donations are also the sole funding for the school food program, which provides students with daily meals so they can receive proper nutrition. Your gifts also enable the school to provide protection, clothing, healthcare, and social and spiritual formation for these young girls.
Coffee Plantation in Yambio
You provided all the supplies to help start a coffee plantation run by the Tombura/Yambio diocese, which is being used as a way to produce income to sustain the relief efforts of the diocese throughout the region. Coffee is the world’s most traded tropical agricultural commodity and this initiative aims to provide work and support for struggling farmers, in addition to making the diocese less reliant on outside donations. Since coffee plants take three to four years to mature, the operation should be fully operational by 2023.
Father William Deng
Bishop Abangite School of Science and Technology
You ensured renovations were completed to construct an entire new classroom block to the School of Science and Technology, which will create space for four additional classes to expand the current curriculum. Over a thousand students attend this diocesan school and the renovation will have a huge impact on the overall education of students in Yambio. In spite of a challenging year with the COVID pandemic, the malaria season, and the unstable political environment of the region, the school construction projects are moving forward successfully to continue improving the quality of education for these students both in 2020 and in the years ahead.
Blue Sisters Women’s Center
Your gifts to the Blue Sisters Women’s Center 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. Known as the Blue Sisters for their bright-colored habits, these sisters serve those women who were victims of violent civil war. Thanks to our donors, the Blue Sisters Women’s Center is close to completing the construction of a facility that will house, rehabilitate, and integrate these women back into society with a renewed sense of stability and hope.
Sister Laura Gemignani
St. Theresa’s Hospital in Nzara
Your heartfelt donations provided new equipment and physical onsite improvements to this vital hospital. St. Theresa’s Hospital holds 158 beds and serves the 250,000 citizens of Nzara. While the small staff is skilled and dedicated, they often struggle to meet demands. Your donations this year made it possible to construct several new additions to the facility, including a maternity ward, operating theater, and blood bank. These additions alone have helped reduce infant mortality and increased the quality of medical care for patients.
Dr. Tom Catena
Mother of Mercy Hospital
At this remote 400-bed hospital in the Nuba Mountains, you provided vital drugs, lab equipment, an X-ray machine, and funding for staff members to meet ever burgeoning demands on the facility. As the only trauma center in a 300-mile radius, patients sometimes walk for days to reach the hospital. Missionary doctor Tom Catena performs over 1,000 operations in a year and is on call 24/7 to help with emergencies. The Nuba region is one of the few areas that has fortunately remained unaffected so far from the onset of COVID, but thanks to you the hospital has prepared an isolation unit and expects a shipment of PPE in order to be ready. Relying on the sustaining donations from supporters like you, Dr. Tom thanks you for saving the lives of people in Nuba in 2020.
Bishop Eduardo Kussala
Diocese of Tombura in Yambio
Your support has enabled thousands of children to go to school, provided clean drinking water, assisted women to be able to take care of their children, and launched training and leadership programs for young men and women to serve in future religious capacities. The local government provides no support for social programs or aid relief. This heavy burden falls solely upon churches and humanitarian organizations to fill the expansive gap.
You made all these programs, and more, possible in 2020. We appreciate that Bishop Kussala calls our donors angels because of the many lives they help save in his country. We are most grateful to you all.
Neil A. Corkery