Blacks, African Heritage
Mary Badawi and her family fled the Nuba Mountains of Sudan a few years ago when government troops attacked their town. She currectly lives in Kampala, Uganda with her children. A Nuba Water Project scholarship enabled Mary to receive her Master's Degree in Public Health while living as a refugee in Kampala.
With the support of Nuba Water Project, she has now traveled three times into the Nuba Mountains to teach clean water/sanitation workshops in remote areas. Leaders from surrounding villages participate in the workshops, then return home to share the information with others. Mary also distributes water purification products, such as Safi Drops, that are provided by Nuba Water Project. One drop in a gallon of pond water kills all bacteria in 30 minutes, making the water safe to drink. Plans are underway to provide water pump repair kits during workshops in 2020, thereby addressing one of our other programs.
Twenty people came to Mary's first workshop and even more to her second workshop. She planned for 65 attendees for the third workshop, and 80 people attended. These workshops have been highly successful. In addition, Mary has overcome many obstacles on each trip in order to travel and arrive safely.
One of Nuba Water Project's goals is to help students, who would otherwise be unable to attend school, receive their education in the hope that they will return to the Nuba Mountains and help their people. Mary is doing just that.....and she is only one example showing the potential of the Nuba people to help their own when they receive the necessary support.
Please help us support Mary's courageous and significant work in funding future workshops in the Nuba Mountains. Many lives will be saved and improved.
Evidence of success of this program is apparent in the increased number of attendees (from 20 to 80) to the clean water/sanitation workshops that Mary has conducted in the Nuba Mountains. Attendees have no transportation, but reach the workshops by walking from their villages many miles away.
Following is a quote from the clinical officer's closing speech at the July 2019 workshop in the village of Katsha:
"The knowledge you got from this workshop is invaluable. You are all aware that here in the Nuba Mountains, we have an extremely polluted environment and this is due to the bombing that was taking place during the civil war.
The training you got from Mary Badawi, although it is very brief, but it is very effective if you apply properly."
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Blacks, African Heritage
Nuba Water Project coordinates the purchase and delivery of water well repair parts to the Nuba Mountains. Many wells throughout the Nuba Mountains and Sudan are broken and inoperable, making clean water inaccessible to the people there. By providing and transporting repair parts from Juba to the Nuba Mountains, we enable the people to make simple repairs and replacement of parts, thereby helping themselves with access to clean water.
Our emissary to the Nuba Mountains, Mary Badawi, travels twice each year to the Nuba Mountains to conduct workshops in various counties, educating and training local people in the importance of water sanitation. She brings Safi drops to the workshops, trains attendees in their proper use, and certifies the attendees once they have successfully completed the training.
Program success would be apparent to Nuba Water Project via the certainty that the water well repair part kits have been purchased and delivered to the Nuba Mountains.
Beyond that, increased self-sufficiency on the part of the Nuba people as they provide access to clean water for their villages will evidence the success of the water well repair project.
Certification of the workshop attendees who have completed training, and then follow the water sanitation guidelines, will also recognize the success of the program.
Nuba Water Project supports the education of Nuba refugees who have fled to South Sudan, Uganda or Kenya and would be unable to attend school otherwise due to the crisis in the Nuba Mountains. This financial support comes in the form of tuition, boarding school fees, books, and living expenses.
Program success will be evident as students graduate from secondary school. That in itself is an achievement for students who had no way to attend school. In addition, an even higher level of success will be achieved as students are accepted into, attend, and eventually graduate from college.
Glario, an engineering university student attending school in Kenya, reports to us regularly with information regarding his classes, test scores, and progress. We are also supporting him with a monthly stipend as he has no family to help with his living arrangements. We recently provided him with a personal computer to better allow him to complete his classwork. Glario's education in Kenya has been interrupted several times over the past two years by teacher strikes at the university.
Angelo and Rania began their university education in the fall of 2016. Angelo started his study in agricultural engineering at Catholic University, Wau, South Sudan. He has now moved to Kampala in Uganda for his university work, as the crisis in Wau, South Sudan, had caused classes to be cancelled frequently. We are supporting him with a monthly stipend, as well as paying his tuition and fees for his education. He faithfully informs us about his grades, progress, and issues that concern him. He remains focused on his education and sees himself returning to his village to help his people.
Rania has graduated from university in Kampala, Uganda with her degree in public/community health. Our support for her consisted of tuition, fees, and living expenses. She managed to complete her education successfully, while at the same time giving birth to another child and caring for her older children. Rania is employed in a hospital in Sudan, assisting a doctor in Dilling. She recently traveled to Geneva Switzerland, having been chosen to present at a Doctors without Borders conference regarding her work in Dilling.
Mary Badawi had requested our support with a public health certification program that she was attending in Kampala. We assisted her on a term by term basis with $500 grants until 2017, when she completed her program successfully. She has now begun to serve as our emissary to the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, delivering Safi drops and educating the Nuba people as to how to properly sanitize their drinking water with Safi drops. She now organizes workshops for various counties in the Nuba Mountains and presents certificates to those attendees who successfully complete her training.
We have recently agreed to sponsor a new student, Manal, who is enrolled in a two-year program, studying journalism and mass communication at Rift Valley College in Nairobi.
Program success will be dependent on the follow through of each of these students and their reports to the board regarding their results.