Primary And Secondary Schools
Although there are school children in Jalle Village, there is not one single classroom in the village since schools were destroyed in the late 1980’s. Those who survived the war sought refuge in internal displacement and refugee camps. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that brought the civil war to an end in 2005, a few people moved back to Jalle. However, their children have no schools to attend. Instead, classes are held in the church. Therefore, our first priority is to build a school so that children have a physical structure where their classes will be taught; hence, providing a conducive learning environment to all children. The construction of the school will commence in January and end in March 2009. Despite the fact that we have made progress towards construction of a school, we still need help with student uniforms, benches for students, as well as teaching materials.
Health centers are rare in towns across South Sudan let alone at the village level. The closest clinic is in Bortown, 50 miles away from Jalle Village. This means that those who need medical help walk 50 miles to Bortown during rainy season to get medical assistance. We want to eliminate this by building a clinic in the village. According to the United Nation’s estimates, 1/50 of women who deliver babies in South Sudan die during childbirth. This is because clinics are not accessible to people in the village. People in the village are more likely to die from diseases complications due to lack of medical facilities as well. Therefore, we are making a dual priority to build a clinic alongside the school in Jalle Village. We want to improve the health of our people and we will not be successful without your help. We will also be happy to form a partnership with churches, schools and individuals, to provide financial assistance for training of nurses who will work in our clinic.
Clean water is a big problem in the area because there are not enough wells in the village. Many thanks to Grace Chapel Church in Tennessee for installing two wells in the village. However, more wells are needed in the area to reduce the walking distance for women to obtain water, lower the spread of water borne diseases, and allow girls to attend school by reducing time spent drawing water from the river. The cost of one well is $16,000, including installation.
South Sudanese are entrepreneurial, but they have been left with bare hands by the two decades of civil war that destroyed everything from small capital, cattle, to even family structure. Those who have been hit hardest are women, most of whom lost their husbands to the war. There are more single parent households than there are two parent households currently in Jalle Village. Our goal is to help these single mothers provide for their children. We will focus on providing tools for farming, sewing machines and tools for weaving, which is very popular among Sudanese women. .