Category Archives: South Sudan

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.

Results of Comedy Night on 10th June 2017

Children at Palabek Ogili Camp

Children at Palabek Ogili Camp

Quick update following the Comedy Night on Saturday 10th June 2017.

After paying the comedian we’ve raised £536.40 for the 56 refugees at Palabek camp.

Massive thanks to Phil Beswick for doing a really great warm up, to Mark Palmer for such a brilliant main show and to everyone who supported on the night or sent donations. If anyone would still like to give, please use our donate page at http://arep4change.org/donate

We aim to send the money to Uganda in a few days time.

How is AREP affected by the famine in South Sudan?

AREP locations and the Famine situation

AREP locations and the Famine situation

The above graphic was published recently by Aljazeera. I have just added Pajok (the home town of our South Sudanese students) and Bweyale (where we rent a house as a holiday base).  As you can see, the main impact of the famine and emergency on AREP is indirect, due to the flow of new refugees caused by the war in South Sudan.

Juba to Pajok is 188 km
Pajok to Bweyale is 285 km

Bweyale to Kampala is 221 km

Augustine: murdered by the LRA

Augustine was murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army whilst he was helping with a relief convoy in Pajok.  The 4×4 he was travelling in was hit by a missile and he died instantly. He was only 36 years old.  The only picture we have of him is this one.

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Augustine, who was murdered by the LRA

Whilst visiting Pajok in December 2011 we had a chance to see Augustine’s grave.

Augustine's grave, near where he died in Pajok

Augustine’s grave, near where he died in Pajok