Incredible strides forward, huge challenges ahead

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I was amazed to find Wandera Kennedy, the Kenyan teacher, who wrote a blog yesterday describing his work and life in Ibba Diocese, reading the blog and also the Ibba META blog on his mobile phone.

We too have enjoyed regular access to email and internet, thanks to a satellite system installed in most of the 31 Dioceses of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, by Trinity Wall Street Parish, USA. It seems in some areas the country has made incredible strides forward while in others, especially for it’s rural population many basics that we take for granted, like education, health, clean water and food, are missing.

Only 53% of it’s rural population has access to safe, clean drinking water, South Sudan has among the worst maternal mortality rates in the world. It has infant mortality rates of: 71.83 deaths per 1,000 live births. South Sudan has a literacy rate in the total population of: 27% ( age 15 and over can read and write) male: 40%, female: 16%. There is only a total of 80km of road in South Sudan and most of that is in and around its capital, Juba. It’s people depend on subsistence farming to provide food for their families. Indeed Priests (Clergy) also farm to survive as they do not a receive a stipend. So there is much more to be done.

The Diocese of Ibba, under the leadership of Bishop Wilson Kamani, faces many huge challenges too. While his has 3 Church-run schools with a total of 17 classes between them, they have only 8 teachers to teach nearly 900 pupils.

Two of the four Archdeaconries have only one borehole to provide water to the complete community. In fact Nambanga Archdeaconry has no school, no health facility and only one borehole for water. The Churches Pastor Riani’s Memorial Primary Health Care Centre in Ibba town is the only staffed health centre in the complete Diocese. It struggles with only 4 staff and one annual supply of basic medicines to serve the whole community. The Diocese also sees the need to develop a Diocesan Farm to help feed some its more vulnerable people but also to be an opportunity for income generation.

Please pray for Bishop Kamani, his Diocesan staff and the Priests as they endeavour to face these struggles and share the word of God with the people of Ibba.


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