The worst flooding Sudan has seen in 100 years has caused a vital bridge in El Roseires to completely collapse, rendering local farmers incapable of accessing their fields on the other side of the Nile River.
The people of Roseires need our help in many ways and especially now! Their entire livelihood is now in danger because of the bridge that collapsed, as no access to the farmlands means no harvest and no way to feed their families. The impact on the local population, whose lives depend heavily on agriculture, is devastating. These people are some of the kindest folks on the planet, already suffering from their country’s poor global reputation. They persist through a daily struggle to overcome famine, disease, political conflict, malnutrition, limited access to healthcare and education, and much more. Despite their strife, they keep smiling! The tenacity of these villagers continues to amaze me in new ways.
The flood and covid 19 are making things even harder for the villagers who have been suffering for many decades already. Because of my job I've lived in their village for almost 2 years. I was the first International staff from the Western World they had seen since 1973, when two German development workers (Klaus and Hanz) implemented several development projects there. They had a million potential reasons to exclude me from their community but instead I was welcomed with open arms. Working with the villagers on a daily basis we identified the need for many projects but the following are the most urgent sectors where they can use assistance:
-clean drinking water
-shelter (for internally displaced people)
-bridge repair so they can again access their agriculture fields
-Medication for malaria, cholera, TBC etc.
-PPE for covid 19
With your donations we can start buying emergency packs right now when they need it most! The emergency packs will contain basic food items, Covid PPE, blankets etc. Our target is to help at least 1000 families before we move to the second objective and get that bridge repaired!
If we raise $50.000 we can have the bridge repaired in El Roseires that will allow the people to access their lands again so they can cultivate their lands. Once that access is restored they can at least provide in their food supply.
This fundraiser is managed by volunteers such as myself but everyone involved has been working in Economic Development projects for at least a decade. Your donations are going straight to the people so no large overhead and salaries are deducted. It's like saving lives from your couch, literally. You will be a real hero for the people in Sudan!
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