Juba Street Children
Imagine a country of 10 to 14 million people who constantly struggle in the aftermath of more than 50 years of civil war. These civil wars include heavily publicized conflicts such as the Darfur Genocide where 10’s of thousands of lives were lost and hundreds of thousands displaced as well as the Lost Boys of Sudan; the name given to more than 20,000 boys who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). The Lost Boys traveled by foot for years in search of a safe haven, on a journey that carried them over a thousand miles across three countries to refugee camps where they resided in Ethiopia and Kenya and in various villages where they sought refuge in South Sudan. Over half died along their journey due to starvation, dehydration, sickness and disease, and attack by wild animals and enemy soldiers.
The aftermath of the wars, which persist to this day, have left the country completely devastated. The majority of the population live in unimaginable circumstances which include little or no drinking water, food, clothing, shelter, toilet facilities or infrastructure (hospitals, schools, roads, churches). In addition, the country suffers high infant mortality and illiteracy rates. Moreover, South Sudan is having to provide for hundreds of thousands of returnees who put an additional strain on what is already a tenuous situation.
As you can see, the needs of the South Sudanese are extensive and immediate. Our goals are to provide clean water, food, medical supplies to the Juba Hospital, and to build community centers throughout South Sudan.
The Juba South Sudan Community Center (our first project and model for others) will be a place where we can fulfill the needs of the people--it will offer vocational training, a cafeteria and kitchen, bathrooms, meeting space, a guest house, an outdoor sport area, a library, pharmacy, and other key facilities.
On July 9, 2011 the Republic of South Sudan became a new nation. We ask for your financial contribution for one or all of our projects. With your support we can help rebuild their new nation and more importantly offer them hope.
Thank you for your consideration.