John’s next visit this month to South Sudan is going to open up some great new opportunities to make a huge difference to the lives of ordinary people. He is going to be in the town of Yei for around three weeks, firstly with a team from a large UK agricultural charity who are seriously considering starting a programme there. This charity works throughout East Africa with small farmers, making a real difference to their lifestyle and productivity.
John will also be joined later in the trip by an agriculturalist from the UK who will be looking at a potential project involving those with larger farms.
Finally, John will be going to Juba to catch up with Louis, the programme manager of Manna Microfinance. Already ready very successful in operating through local churches in the city, the programme is set to be quadrupled in size over the next year and a half and expanded to other parts of South Sudan.
The healthcare assessment on whether AID can run a healthcare programme through some or all of our existing 30 Manna Microfinance groups that are already in place is also starting this month. This is a really exciting development and we hope that we can start a healthcare programme targeted at mothers and children alongside our Manna Microfinance programme this summer.