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Mennonite Central Committee, SOUTH SUDAN
Long committed to peace-building and affirmation of human rights for all, the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada seconds full-time volunteers to South Sudan for placement in various positions with the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek. Kaitlyn Jantzi staffs the Women’s Desk in Rumbek, planning and supervising women’s literacy and women’s development projects funded by Mercy Beyond Borders in 5 remote sites. She calls this partnership with Mercy Beyond Borders “the most rewarding part of my job, because Mercy Beyond Borders really understands the constant challenges we face in rural villages and gives those of us working on the ground the flexibility we need to operate successfully.”
Dioceses of Torit and Rumbek
In South Sudan, most of the existing schools and social services are church-founded and church-operated. For that reason, Mercy Beyond Borders partners with them to strengthen opportunities for women and girls. Diocesan personnel arrange logistics (transport and lodging) for Mercy Beyond Borders’ site visits, while Mercy Beyond Borders provides substantial funding for range of projects serving women and girls, including
- St Bakhita Girls’ Primary School, supplying the bulk of its budget annually, plus Kindle eReaders, solar lanterns, a class set of computer netbooks, sports equipment, and gardening tools;
- Funding for Kuron Medical Clinic, and for pre-Nursing interns there;
- Weekend maternal/child health promotion workshops in Toposa villages.
- Scholarships for girls to attend high schools and college, along with solar lanterns and bicycles to support their studies;
- A weekly radio talk show promoting the importance of education for females.
- Women’s micro-enterprise groups and women’s literacy/numeracy classes.
Solidarity With South Sudan
In response to the glaring need for training of professional teachers and nurses in South Sudan, an international consortium of men and women religious (nuns, brothers and priests) was formed in 2006. Called Solidarity with South Sudan, it founded and staffs a Nursing College in Wau, Sudan, and a mobile teacher training team that operates from Malakal, Sudan. Mercy Beyond Borders partners with them to provide nursing scholarship(s) for incoming females to the Wau Nursing program each year.
Catholic University of Sudan, SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan has few institutions of higher learning and a woeful lack of female students in those that do exist. Mercy Beyond Borders is providing partial scholarships each year at the newly- founded CU of S in Juba, for incoming female students who will pursue a teaching career after graduation.