John Jal Deng: Returning Soon to South Sudan

John Jal Deng is a South Sudanese pastor. He is currently studying theology at George Whitefield College in Cape Town, South Africa through the hard work of CORE Training and Development, a charity which aims to strengthen the Church in countries with depleted infrastructure like South Sudan. John will finish his studies very soon. AID […]

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‘Every visit they make in my small house is a blessing’

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out the well-known Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global aims for the near future. The document states that: ‘People who are vulnerable must be empowered. Those whose needs are reflected in the Agenda include all children, youth, persons with disabilities (of whom more than 80 per cent live […]

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An Interview with Former BBC Foreign Correspondent for South Sudan, Peter Martell

Peter Martell grew up on a sheep farm in Northumberland and began working as a newspaper reporter in Scotland.  Since 2005, he has reported from more than a dozen countries across Africa and the Middle East. ‘Peter made up half of the international press corps as the last BBC reporter based in Eritrea, then ranked worst in […]

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Foundations for Building Children

American abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass said ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ However, five years into the conflict in South Sudan, more than half of the nation’s children are suffering from famine, diseases, forced recruitment and lack of education.  70% of schools have closed since 2013.  This situation […]

Categories: Featured, Health, Trumpeters Sanitation, Uncategorized.

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Next Stop for the Trumpeters: Malnutrition

The nutrition situation in South Sudan remains life-threatening. A recent report reveals critically high food insecurity levels with    Malnutrition is not only a disaster for individual families but also for nations as a whole – countries can lose up to three percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a result of iron, iodine, […]

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The Hippos and the Cheetahs

The Ghanaian economist George Ayittey compares two generations of Africans in his TED talk – ‘the hippos’ and ‘the cheetahs’. According to Ayittey, the hippos represent the ruling elites in countries like South Sudan who are quite happy to perpetuate the status quo, relying on the steady flow of aid to prop up their lavish […]

Categories: Featured, Microfinance, News.

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Success Stories from the Past Year

Categories: Agriculture, Bishop Gwynne College, Church Strengthening, Featured, Fundraising, Health, Microfinance, National Institute of Health Sciences, News, Trumpeters Sanitation.

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An Update from John Jal Deng

John Jal Deng is training in theology at George Whitefield College in Cape Town. He plans to return to South Sudan to be a pastor when he finishes in November.  According to John, preaching the light of the gospel in South Sudan will bring considerable change to a country ravaged by conflict and the suffering […]

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Trumpeters Update with Mary Ruben

South Sudan is the world’s fastest-growing and third largest refugee crisis. According to the UN, 1.9 million South Sudanese citizens are currently internally displaced persons (IDPs).  This means that they have had to flee their home (in this case due to conflict) but remain within their country’s borders.  This huge number of vulnerable people are […]

Categories: News, Trumpeters Sanitation.

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God Brings Lasting Change

Have you ever wondered why AID is so committed to working with local churches? Development work in countries like South Sudan is already difficult enough – surely it would be easier to run various projects without trying to balance that with a commitment to working with local Christians?  After all, countless organisations that equip people […]

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Microfinance Profile: Rose and Stella

Here at AID, we like to post regular updates about some of our microfinance partners.  These are women who form groups, usually based in churches, and receive loans to start businesses.  The group provides encouragement, pastoral support and collateral for one another’s loans.  Since September 2017, Manna Microfinance has supported 198 women with starting their businesses.  Two of these are Rose Larimck and Stella Charli: […]

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Strength in Numbers

Diana Levi is a mother of two children who attends St. Monica Church in Juba.  Manna Microfinance visits local churches to encourage women to engage in small business for sustainable development. During one of these visits, Diana registered with a Manna Microfinance group and started up a business course with them for 8 weeks.  She […]

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‘Bear with each other and forgive one another’ – Colossians 3:13

In late 2013, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan accused his deputy Riek Machar of leading a coup.  Machar denied this and the disagreement ignited a prolonged conflict. Shortly afterwards in January 2014, the first ceasefire was agreed but the fighting quickly resumed.  This was followed by the ‘Compromise Peace Agreement’ in August 2015 but […]

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The Trumpeters Keep On Trumpeting

As we all know, germs are everywhere and they are easily spread through most everyday activities.  In East African culture though, this understanding of how infection spreads is less ingrained than in Western societies.  Many health issues are simply caused by a lack of hygiene understanding which can be addressed by the sharing of knowledge […]

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A Closer Look At Kenya

Kenya is a stunning country known worldwide for its incredible national parks, savannah landscapes and ‘Big Five’ wildlife population. At first glance, the country seems to have emerged from economic instability into relative prosperity (GDP per capita has nearly doubled in the past decade).  However, poverty still affects millions of people’s lives due to immense […]

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Clothes and Cereals: Joyce’s Business Wisdom

Starting a business is one thing but being strategic about how to grow it is another challenge.  South Sudanese women who partner with Manna Microfinance receive enterprise training and share their experiences to help one other to progress. They all belong to small investment groups who receive loans together and support each other throughout the […]

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Preaching Light in the Darkness of Conflict

In five years of civil war in South Sudan, more than 50,000 people have died, more than 4 million have fled the country and hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished. Opposing leaders President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar held peace talks recently in Ethiopia but it remains to be seen what impact this […]

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The Uphill Struggle for Education

Five decades of war and upheaval in South Sudan have had an inevitable impact on education.  Almost three quarters of adults in the world’s newest country are unable to read and write. Raising school attendance would go a long way to addressing this but entirely preventable illnesses and diseases mean that this is challenging.  It […]

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Pfumvudza: Equipping Refugee Farmers

If farmed properly, South Sudan would produce enough food for itself and surrounding countries too.  But long-term conflict means that this has not been prioritised and most food is currently imported.  However, Life Gospel Ministries, led in Uganda by Thomas Lubari, is working alongside AID to change this. On arrival in Uganda, South Sudanese refugees […]

Categories: Agriculture, Front-Page-Box-2, News.

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Women: The Agents of Change in Juba

As so many men have joined the military due to the ongoing conflict, South Sudanese women are largely responsible for raising the next generation. The Trumpeter Community Health Project recognises the importance of ensuring that women are involved on all fronts when it comes to sanitation and hygiene.  This is why the Trumpeter volunteers work […]

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