My foundation is in collaboration with many partners including World Vision and Alarm. The main reason for this is that we want to ensure that the most money possible goes directly to the projects in South Sudan without duplicating infrastructure or wasting money on recruiting trusted workers. For example, World Vision has 800 staff in South Sudan and works on a daily basis in the country. They have crafted relationships with local contractors who do great work at a fair price. We link right in to that great infrastructural strength!
As many know, over this last year we have raised over $250,000 for water projects in South Sudan! That will touch thousands and thousands of lives by providing clean water through a variety of methods - pipeline systems, rock catchments, borehole wells, irrigation canals, and PUR packets in emergency situations. But this is not just about providing clean water! We are simultaneously educating about sanitation, hygiene, and practices to promote better health. Clean water cuts childhood mortality rate in half, allows children to attend school instead of walking miles to fetch water, allows women to care for their families, decreases disease, and allows the opportunity for thriving crop and agriculture. In a few words, we are empowering people to live healthier, longer lives.
I walked for miles with this young girl to fetching water for the people in our village.
So to start achieving this goal we are building a church and community center in Kimotong, South Sudan that will have a vocational training center. I know that in addition to the primary school in Kimotong providing education for the youth, we need to engage and empower the adult women by teaching them skills and trades that will allow them to support their families and change their communities. We have taken time with the project to do grassroots study to understand what the community in Kimotong wants and how best to deliver these needs. The cost of this project will be somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000 largely dependent on the procurement of building materials and transportation. We are also very adamant that the community will provide a large number of workers in the building crew so that they take ownership of the project and also learn basic building and construction skills along the way. With the support of ALARM we are going to complete this project this year and are so excited to see the positive effects it will have on the Eastern Equatorial State of South Sudan.
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