Photo Essay: Hope for Sudan


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This entry from Ginghamsburg United Methodist ( highlights the Sudan Project.

Since 2005, the Sudan Project has invested $6.1 million into sustainable agriculture, education, safe water and health projects, and Ginghamsburg continues to stand by those in post-referendum Sudan and South Sudan.

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Photo Essay: Hope for Sudan

  1. 1. Ginghamsburg Church videographer Michael Pollard prepares to capture the Sudan Project miracle for the people back home.
  2. 2. Before leaving the UMCOR compound in El Deain, we spoke with Abdenrahim, the Sudan Project's agricultural specialist in Darfur, about the difficulties of farming in West Sudan.
  3. 3. Sudan countryside, November 2009. The Ginghamsburg staff zips from project site to project site to avoid carjacking bandits.
  4. 4. The Sudan Project started in 2005 with $317,000 invested in sustainable agriculture.
  5. 5. Sorghum is a common crop used for food. Watermelon and peanuts are cash crops.
  6. 6. Today, over 17,000 families are being fed through farming and agriculture funded by the Sudan Project.
  7. 7. The next investment of the Sudan Project was education. Here, a young boy in Abukarinda, Darfur holds his future in his hands. The Sudan Project has built 243 school and has served over 29,200 students.
  8. 8. Educating females is rare in strict Muslim regions of Darfur. Here, a girl's class in Abukarinda prepares to perform a song of thanks, to say, "thank you" to the “Church of Ohio.”
  9. 9. Two teenagers learn how to make a living and mix cement for their brick building class at the El Deain Sudan Project life skills training center for boys.
  10. 10. Boys align bricks at the El Deain life skills training center for boys.
  11. 11. Colored yarn and materials at the Al-Neem life skills training center for women.
  12. 12. Life skills training for women includes sewing and weaving.
  13. 13. Aside from keeping children safe from armed militia, Sudan Project schools are changing the landscape of Sudan’s future.
  14. 14. But, there is still much work to do. Many children do not make it past age 5, dying from causes like dehydration from diarrhea, water-borne illness, starvation and malaria; all of which are preventable.
  15. 15. Students in the town of Deriga celebrate and say “thank you” after receiving Sudan Project funds for agriculture, education and safe water. Residents renamed this town “Ohio 2.”
  16. 16. The third investment of the Sudan Project, safe water, is essential for hydration and good health. Eliminating water-borne disease begins by bringing clean water to Sudan. The rarity of clean water is the root of much conflict; so much so, the locals say “water is peace.”
  17. 17. Good parents make sure their children have water at school. Small jerry cans, like the one in this child's hand, are more common than backpacks or school supplies.
  18. 18. This drinking water was found at a Sudan Project agricultural site that had not yet received a clean water yard. After taking photos of the water at the site, the team was ordered by government reps to delete the photos. We took the water with us to our compound to get photos without government knowledge.
  19. 19. This fresh water is the result of deep water drilling and a clean water yard. The water in this photo is being pumped directly into a school yard in "Ohio 2.” which reduces the threat of child abduction, when children typically walk several miles a day for drinkable water.
  20. 20. Water yards separate the source of water for animals and humans. Animal hydration and health is immensely important for Sudanese herders.
  21. 21. Clean/Safe water flows from spigots in "Ohio 2.” The Sudan Project has now built 17 water yards, which serve over 100,000 people.
  22. 22. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, carries a gift from the village of “Ohio 2.”
  23. 23. Safe escort out of town by our new Sudanese friends.
  24. 24. Since 2005, the Sudan Project has invested $6.1 million into sustainable agriculture, education, safe water and health projects, and Ginghamsburg continues to stand by those in post-referendum Sudan and South Sudan.