“We Called You…”
NCP campaign to support South Sudanese refugee women and children who have called for our help
“We did it! Thanks to individuals, congregations, women's groups, a peace fellowship and a family foundation and the amazing promotional efforts of two women in our network our We Called You... campaign reached its goal of $22,800! The campaign was launched in the fall of 2016 at the request of women in refugee camps inside and outside South Sudan, and by late January 2017, had raised just over $23,000. The funds will be used for beautician and tailoring training, micro loans to open small shops, scholarships for girls to attend school, and blankets for the elderly and infirm--all things to help these displaced women and their families improve themselves and their prospects for a future of hope in one of the world's most troubling situations.” — Women at Pagrinya refugee camp at Ugandan border to South Sudan (photo of girl above: Melijo Displaced Persons Camp, 2015 – D. Radcliff)
Background: in late summer of 2016,NCP co-worker Agnes Amelito visited two refugee camps at their invitation—the Pagrinya Camp in Uganda and Melijo Camp near Nimule, South Sudan (which our 2015 Learning Tour visited). As many as 70,000 women and children have crossed into Uganda since early July, having fled communities 100 miles or more away to seek refuge. Sons have been taken off into the armies as child soldiers, daughters have been abused, they’ve been robbed by soldiers along the way, and the camps themselves lack of sufficient clean water, shelter (“some of them are still under trees,” Agnes says) and nearly everything else—and now cholera.
“Many are dying now,” writes Agnes. While the United Nations is trying to deal with the crisis, they lack sufficient funds to meet the needs.
“I am Mary, 46 years. I come from Juba, capital city of South Sudan and now am in the refugee camp. In Juba, I face problems of insecurity, and my two girls were rape by soldier and my property looted. My husband's where about was not known, even until now, so we decided to come to Uganda in the camp for safety. Here in the camps we have not food and water, my family still suffering and nothing i can do to earning money, so am looking for microloan to open shop and do business to help me buy food for my six children, We came here by foot from Juba. It took 14 days and we had little food. Photo: Agnes Amelito
Incredibly—in the midst of such desperate circumstances—these women want to move forward toward something better.
“So we called you…” they told Agnes.
Here is what they asked for:
Grand total for “We Called You…” campaign: $22,800 ($38,800 with dormitory)
Of course, gaining these skills, starting businesses, going back to school - these things will provide practical help for these women and girls. But they also give people something less tangible, but no less valuable: hope.
Are you feeling called? Then invite your congregation, school group, club, women's group - yourself - to join in to help us raise the $38,800 for these women and their children. Donate here—or send a check to 9036 W. Quail Track Drive, Peoria, AZ 85383. As always, 100 percent of contributions to “We Called You…” or any of our Special Projects go to the programs themselves. Click here for a half-sheet handout or bulletin insert; click here for a promotional flyer. Click here for a children's story to help kids understand the situation of these women and their children.