Assignment

9 12 2009

My assignment for my time in East Africa has come through!  I’ll be building a secondary school in the village of Nyongrial Payam in Southern Sudan.  The villages in the South are overwhelmed with refugees from the North and have some of the highest illiteracy rates in the world (92%).  In 2004, only 3 hospitals served this region of approx. 15 million.  Please keep these refugees and their families in your prayers.  Please pray for the safety and recovery of the village and the 2 other eMI East Africa workers I will be serving with.

COST: $60,000 approx. for cost of building; school supplies; teacher training; reintegration programs for war-affected youths and child combatants; promotion of co-ed schooling

PROGRAM: 8-classroom building convertible to health care center

SITE: Nyongrial Payam, Southern Sudan, land donated by Balient County to PLCR

eMI will be working with an organization called Padang Lutheran Christian Relief (PLCR), which has been providing support for Southern Sudanese refugees since 2005.  We will be traveling to Nyongrial Payam in late February for a site visit and then continue our work in Kampala for the remainder of the internship.

From eMI:EA website:

The Malik Abiel Secondary School

Twenty one years of civil war has left Southern Sudan devastated. The war resulted in the deaths of more than two million people, five million others displaced and a virtual destruction of the entire infrastructure of Southern Sudan. Five million internal displaced people and refugees are currently returning to Southern Sudan from Northern Sudan and neighboring countries to find that there is nothing left not even school or basic health facilities in the region.

Padang Lutheran Christian Relief (PLCR) was formed in 2005 with the goal of assisting the most impoverished and destitute in the most troubled regions of Sudan. Named Padang, which is the Dinka word for different peoples coming together to fulfill a common goal. PLCR is committed to building a school in the village of Nyongrial Payam, a front line village during the war time. This school is aimed at helping 500 students in this village who presently take their lessons under the shade of a fig tree, sitting on makeshift benches. Sometimes the whole class shares one textbook under the tree which is often interrupted by rain.

There are no basic services, and the war has led to southern Sudan having one of the highest levels of illiteracy and poverty in the world.

As relative peace is established, education for the children will provide a way of promoting reconciliation, peaceful co-operation and long-term development in the country. PLCR believes that education provides the basis from which development can begin. Not only does education provide the children and youths with the knowledge to build their future, but it also acts as a stabilizing factor in south Sudan.

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2 responses

12 12 2009
Rachel des C.

Hi future co-worker!
Is this assignment the one we will all be working on?…either way, how did you find out about it?
I’m also equally nervous and excited. =)
See you soon!
~Rachel

19 01 2010
Elaine Suau

Megan, Your trip to Africq is finally a reality and sound exciting. We have kept you in our prayers and thoughts this weekend as we knew you were traveling and you should be there by now. Keep us posted and we will stay in touch. Much love, Grandma J

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