Paul and I went to Patuet in Southern Sudan to help with the building of a Medical Centre, come School come Community Centre and Church. Southern Sudan is a predominantly Christian country, they were happy to have a multipurpose building in the village. It has brough trade and finances to the once sleepy farming village. Paul and I are involved in the Agriculture project too. I worked in agricultural science for 5 years. I wrote up plans, that were taken to the South Sudanese government, to help with funding for setting up greenhouses, with drip fed irrigation, via a solar pump and dams. Our friend Samuel is from Patuet, he took 12 of us on a couple of occassions to help his people and surrounding villages out; with building, agriculture and medical teams. Samuel came to Australia as a refugee, he promised his family he’d be back with help,and he made good with his promise. Sometimes just helping can be more unproductive than not; the strategy is training, empowering and equipping a new nation to help themselves. On July 9, 2011 South Sudan became independent, and a new country was formed. Talk about building hope…. There will be numerous hurdles, one expects; where there are hurdles, there are races to be won and triumphs to be had!
- North and South Sudan Take a Step Toward (Some) Peace (sahelblog.wordpress.com)
- World in View: Challenges for independent Southern Sudan (dmitryev.wordpress.com)
- Border clashes kill 17 in southern Sudan – Scotsman (news.google.com)
- Nat Geo :: Guinea Worm in retreat in southern Sudan (trushin.wordpress.com)
- ‘No return to war’ vow for Sudan (bbc.co.uk)