The Sudan Project
In Darfur, Sudan, more than 300,000 people have died since 2003 as a result of civil unrest, lack of food and disease. More than 3 million children, women and men have become refugees, with little food, drinkable water, protection or hope, prompting the United Nations to identify Darfur as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
Ginghamsburg Church, a 4,500+ United Methodist congregation in Tipp City, Ohio felt called to act. During Advent 2004, Senior Pastor Mike Slaughter challenged Ginghamsburg’s attendees to spend only one-half on Christmas gifts of what they would normally spend and to bring the remainder in for the Sudan Project “Miracle Offering.” The result? $317,000 to begin a sustainable agricultural project in Darfur that put 5,209 families back into the farming business, producing seed for future harvests, income and money for 900 children to be bought back out of indentured servitude.
Since 2004, the annual Miracle Offering has continued. By 2012, a total of $5.6 million has been invested by Ginghamsburg and its partner churches and business to expand agriculture to more than 90,000 people, create a child protection & development program that is serving more than 24,000 children in Darfur, Sudan, while also implementing a safe water and sanitation project that serves nearly 100,000 in South Darfur. In 2010, the Sudan Project expanded into Aweil, South Sudan, where it serves communities through primary health care facilities, safe water and hygiene training. Ultimately, the project will resource on-the-ground missionaries in Aweil who will partner with the South Sudanese people to begin new United Methodist faith communities.
December 2012 Update - SUDAN PROJECT by the numbers
-80,000-plus fed via agriculture
-243 schools built or rehabbed
-194 teachers trained
-29,243 cumulative students enrolled in schools over the course of the
-808 graduates from 3 Life Skills Centers
-1570 students served through 7 kindergartens
-Provided 206 schools, representing 66,880 cumulative students, with
schoolroom furniture, text books and/or sports materials
-1490 special needs and orphaned children provided additional support
-15 boreholes rehabbed
-19 water yards implemented
-1438 latrines in internally displaced person camps
-5 institutional latrines for schools
AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN
-Constructed 1 primary health care unit to serve 15,000 people
-Implemented 1 borehole for the heath care unit
-Trained 46 community health workers and traditional birth attendants
-Provided training for 3 medical staff for the primary health care unit
-Trained 10 county health officials on health department management skills
-Hygiene training for 5000 people
-Implemented 350 household latrines
-Implemented 3 boreholes to serve households
Our Strategic Partner - UMCOR
The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940 UMCOR's mission—providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty—has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries. When you give money to the United Methodist Committee on Relief one hundred percent of your tax-deductible gifts go to the emergency or project that you designate. UMCOR's administrative costs come from other sources. Visit UMCOR on the web at umcor.org.
Become a Part
If you would like to partner with The Sudan Project in the efforts to serve our Sudanese and South Sudanese sisters and brothers, contact Ginghamsburg Church at [email protected] or 937.667.1069. Contributions may be made online. You may also choose to use Advance #184385 Sudan Emergency and send your contribution directly to UMCOR: 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1520; New York, NY 10115.