Republic of the Sudan is part of our international outreach program and a very important project for our organization. We have teamed up with families in the Republic of Sudan to provide basic humanitarian aid to approximately 1,000 community members in dire need of assistance. Our outreach efforts include distribution of basic food items, hygienic supplies, clothing and materials for basic shelter.
One of our key areas of focus s the impoverished and war stricken area of Darfur, where mass genocides have left many children orphans, wives and husbands spouseless and families emotionally, physically and spiritually broken and dismayed. The conflict in Darfur began in 2003 and is still in the forefront for those living in the Western region of the Republic of the Sudan. The harsh reality of the matter is that the government is sponsoring militias, referred to as, “Janjaweed” or in English, translates to “devils on horseback” are reigning terror on the Darfurian people and have gone so far as to destroy villages by burning them to the ground, all the while families are inside their homes, many burned alive. However, the genocide takes on a more serious tone with constant reports from the Darfurians of rape, murder, and even torture and mutilation of men, women and children. If that were not disturbing enough, the Janjaweed are also suspected of polluting water supplies, looting local shops and marketplaces, and destruction of any means of life sustainment and support for the Darfurians. To date, reports estimate that nearly 500,000 people have been killed and more than 3 million have been displaced from their homes and villages across the Darfur region.
The needs of these strong and resilient people are simple and often items those of us in Western countries take for granted. Access to basic life sustaining necessities such as clean water, fruits, vegetables, clothing and shelter are hard and difficult to come by, now more than ever. Being able to adopt and provide basic essentials to these families is not only appreciated but truly a blessing to these grateful families. Not only have many been displaced, but many have literally lost every life passion they may have had, even the simplest of things such as a pair of shoes or a bag of grain, all lost either at the hands of the destructor or left behind following an attack.
Many of the families can not return to their homes and must find a means of survival some place else that is safer and less dangerous, and the reality for most is that such a place is unattainable due to financial constraints. All the while, neighboring countries such as Chad and Uganda are losing patience with the influx of refugees they are receiving from the Republic of the Sudan and are looking to the government to employ change, though despite the more than 10 year conflict, there are no tell-tale signs of its end in sight.
Along with disaster support, we assist in developing sustaining resource plans to help restore water wells from contamination and improve the quality and quantity of water available in rural areas. Water is a key element to the sustainment of life and without it, many will suffer illness and eventual death. Sustainable resource planning includes rebuilding homes, finding alternate food sources and more.