Partnership on the Menu...

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Fri, 04 Apr 2008 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Sudan supporters, representing 18 parishes across Connor and Down and Dromore Dioceses, welcomed Bishop Hilary and his wife Mama Joyce from the Diocese of Yei, Southern Sudan to an African lunch in the CMS Ireland Belfast Offices.

Bishop Hilary was visiting Ireland as a practical expression of the ongoing partnership between Ireland and Sudan, through CMS Ireland. He thanked CMS Ireland for their “unique attitude to partnership” and highlighted some of the programmes that are making a real impact in the Diocese.

David Gough, Regional Mission Partner for Sudan commented, “It is so encouraging to see so many parishes represented at this event – the continuing support of Churches in Ireland is vital to establishing and enhancing our partnership with Yei Diocese. Our partnerships are based on relationships and the visit by Bishop Hilary and his wife to Ireland makes this partnership become real to people in the pews.”

The Diocese of Yei is the same size as Northern Ireland and is made up of 6 Archdeaconries. The Diocese has recently implemented a strategy which focuses on education and healthcare. CMS Ireland has been working in partnership with parishes in Ireland to support the implementation of their strategic objectives in the diocese.

CMS Ireland has been involved with churches in Ireland to build 3 Primary Schools across Yei Diocese. In 2007 Kill’ O the Grange and Delgany parishes supported the building of Payawa Primary School which has just been completed in Longamere Archdeaconry. Connor Diocese are supporting the building of Mongo Primary School and in 2006 CMS Ireland built Emmanuel Primary School in Yei town. Standards are high at these schools and in 2007 Emmanuel Primary School was the best performing primary school in Yei district.

Healthcare is another area where CMS Ireland have been workign in partnership with Yei Diocese – the new Martha Health Clinic has recently opened and provides vital medical care for many communities. In 2007 only 100 patients could be seen per week in the old clinic due to the limited facilities and resources but now with the new Martha Clinic they are able to see 1000 patients.

_If you would like to know more about our work in Sudan, please contact David Gough

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