Category Archives: South Sudan

Needing a visit to an Eye Doctor – can her sight be saved?

Praying with Nighty in Palabek camp

Last month I was able to visit Palabek camp in Northern Uganda. It was great to meet Nighty, mum of Komakech who had just completed his A Levels in Kampala.  Nighty is partially sighted. She can see a tiny bit out of one eye. I asked her if she could see me and she said, “You look like a tree.”  I asked if I could hold her hands and pray with her and she said yes.  Then Benja took this photo.  The crushed maize she was giving to her little toddler Okan Marcello.  He was born in the bush in April 2017 as Nighty was running with her family from her home town of Pajok in South Sudan after it was attacked by troops wearing Government uniforms.  I told her story to our church last Sunday in St Helens and said that Nighty needed to see an eye doctor to find out if anything could be done to save her sight.  People have been generous in donations so there is enough money to get her and a companion to Kampala to have an appointment with an eye specialist.  The goal at this stage is simply to see if Nighty can be prevented from going blind and if anything can be done to give her more sight.

Refugee Week Post Number 3

Will this hug mean anything? Riek Machar and Salvar Kiir met yesterday in Addis Ababa for the first time in 2 years. These two key leaders of South Sudan know they must be reconciled in order to bring an end to the devastating civil war which has soaked the region in blood and despair. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” Matthew 5:9 (The Mesage translation). I for one am praying that this awkward hug comes to mean something profound.

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/hug-shakes-fever-reaches-south-sudan-arch-rivals-meet-video/

Refugee Week 2018 – Post 1

This week is Refugee Week in the UK. So I thought I’d post a few updates. Firstly Gill and Kevin, two of our students who, sadly, are missing out on school in 2018 through lack of funds. We have 260 people who like our Facebook page, and 70 people who donate money regularly to AREP.  If we could only mobilise more of our supporters to donate monthly, then young refugees like Gill and Kevin could return to get the education they need.

Empowerment – making clothes at Kiryandongo

Empowerment: Esther now makes and sells childrens’ clothes using skills she gained through AREP sponsorship.

Increasingly within AREP, we are looking for effective ways for people to become self-supporting.  Starting a small business making and selling clothes is one great way.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Esther’s business.  She is looking for investors!

 

What is an Eco Stove?

The Eco Stove is a revolutionary product. It was invented in Uganda by Rose Twine and is manufactured there. It is already being deployed in some refugee camps. I met Rose this week in Kampala.
What is an Eco StoveThis model retails for 900,000 shillings (£190) and has a 30 Watt Solar PV panel which powers 2 LED lights, 2 USB sockets for charging mobile phones, an FM radio, an mp3 music player and a Fan which drives air through the cooker, raising the cooking temperature and eliminating smoke. Brilliantly simple, appropriate technology. It can burn charcoal residue (dust and small pieces) which is MUCH cheaper than standard charcoal. Finally, pieces of volcanic rock are used to trap and re-radiate the heat – this further improves the efficiency of the cooker.
A simpler, cheaper model is available for 550,000 shillings (£118) which can burn either firewood or charcoal and has a 20 Watt Solar panel which powers 2 LED lights, 1 USB socket and a Fan.

The Eco Stove can be used at any time and in any season, whereas Solar Cookers are most appropriate during the long hot dry season.

We now think that both Eco Stoves and Solar Cookers have a place in Uganda, with the Eco Stove having the edge! The Haines Solar Cooker costs about £20.