Whilst disturbing news reports are still coming in of more violence in the north west of the country, life has all but returned to normal in Juba and the southern region of South Sudan. Nightly curfews remain in the capital but during the day the streets are busy and people are going about their normal daily business.
At Anglican International Development we are thankful that our projects have remained on track despite the recent turbulence. Manna Microfinance, our microenterprise development programme, has continued to hold group meetings and our clients have kept up their repayments as well as benefitting from training and group interaction. Our sanitation project (click for more details), led by Remijo Lino, is recruiting volunteers to be trained to work in local communities. Meanwhile, Rev. Malis Basha, the Episcopal Church of the Sudan’s Mission & Evangelism Co-ordinator, has with AID’s help been running pastor training (click for more details) in Munuki and Gabat as part of his work to strengthen churches. We praise God for this encouraging progress.
In the meantime, preparations are almost complete for 50 South Sudanese students to commence training as Clinical Officers at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Training will start after a commissioning service in Juba, following which the students will board a bus to Kampala. This is such an important project for South Sudan, where less than 50% of the population has access to healthcare and women & children particularly suffer. The International Christian Medical & Dental Association, supported by AID, will be running this vital programme.
This week, John Inglis-Jones will be in Kampala and Juba to visit all these projects and judge progress. We thank all of our supporters for their prayers and financial support and look forward to updating them in more detail once John returns to the UK.