South Sudan Support making a difference

Posted by Roger Cooke on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

In response to the political unrest that erupted in South Sudan in December, CMS Ireland launched an Emergency Appeal on 15th January, asking for prayers and financial help for our partners.

To date, over €53,000 has been raised for this appeal, with significant support from the Dioceses of Down and Dromore, Connor and Albany (USA) – each of whom has a partnership link with one of the South Sudan dioceses.

Money has been spent in four different dioceses (Ibba, Kajo-Keji, Maridi and Yei) on food supplies, utensils, blankets, supporting families who have taken in displaced people, facilitating someone to attend a refugee conference. In Maridi funds have also been used to reroof tukuls, to repair a room for a classroom, to purchase educational supplies and to support the informal IDP (Internally Displaced People) school which meets in the church.

Last month, Jenny Smyth, CMSI’s Partnership Coordinator for South Sudan, visited the country to see for herself how the Church is responding to the crisis. She was able to catch a glimpse of how love, friendship and support from partners in Ireland has been making a difference to the Church and to many, many people that are being helped and cared for by the Church.

On behalf of our Global Partners in South Sudan and the CMS Ireland staff team, we want to say a huge ‘thank-you’ to all who have prayed and all who have given generously to support our brothers and sisters in South Sudan.

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