All posts by Melanie Baak

Volleyball in Wäramoth School

Volleyball Captain
Volleyball Captain
This wonderful student is the captain of the Wäramoth primary school volleyball team. Volleyball is the main sport that girls play at school, with boys playing soccer. The volleyball captain is requesting that Timpir assist the girls of Wäramoth primary school by providing them with balls and a net. If you would like to donate to assist Timpir purchase some volleyballs, a net and a pump for the girls of Wäramoth, please consider donating at

Timpir’s 2018 Quiz Night

What a fantastic night at the 2018 Timpir Quiz night! Thanks to the more than 100 people who attended, got tables together and contributed to help us raise over $5000 to support Timpir’s projects in South Sudan. A huge thanks to Peter Cassidy for his MCing and getting all the questions together. Emily, Tash and Lynda for getting all the prizes. Henry for coordinating the hall, sound, IT etc. Kuol, Gai and Graeme who helped pack everything away at the end of a long night. And all the businesses who donated the fantastic range of prizes, silent auction, wine pull and other donations. Without everyone’s work and contributions we would not be able to do the important work we do to support the 1400 students at Timpir’s schools in South Sudan. — with Hallelujah Hideaway, The Upside On Prospect, Africola, The Austral, BK WINES, Cafe Komodo, Ngeringa, Mekko Market & Cafe Adelaide, Ochota Barrels, Etica, Cafe Troppo and Healthy Inspirations Prospect.

Quiz Night 2018
Quiz Night 2018
Some of the Quiz Prizes 2018
Some of the Quiz Prizes 2018
Quiz Night table 2018
Quiz Night table 2018

Come and help Timpir provide education for over 1300 students at Wäramoth and Mabok Primary Schools in South Sudan. Get together a table of 8-10 (or come by yourself and join a table, we have half-tables already booked) for a night of fun, entertainment and great prizes at the Timpir Quiz night.

25 August at 18:30 – 22:30

Blackfriars Priory School
17 Prospect Rd, Prospect, South Australia 5082
(enter off Highbury St)

How much: $15

RSVP via our Facebook event page: or call us on 0422 816 840.

See you there!

Tax Deductible Donations!

Timpir is delighted to now be able to receive tax deductible donations in Australia, the US, UK, Netherlands and European Union. There are a number of ways in which you can make tax deductible donations in Australia. You can donate using credit card through the secure website . You will need to set up your own log in details and profile which will enable you to make a one-off tax deductible donation or to set up regular tax deductible donations. I will provide the other donation details via email and Timpir’s website.

More details on the website through which you can now make tax deductible donations to Timpir can be found at:

broken blackboard
broken blackboard
At the moment our schools are desperately in need of new blackboards. For only $100 you can provide a blackboard for a classroom. In addition, we will shortly be starting a school lunch program at both schools to help students who are severely undernourished as a result of the current famine in the region. So we would greatly appreciate any donations towards the food program as well.

Wäramoth Photos 2017

What an exciting day for Timpir. Not only are we able to finally receive tax deductible donations, I have also received 14 photos taken at Wäramoth primary school and sent direct to me via messenger by Wäramoth’s head teacher, Tong Ayei. Wäramoth Primary is doing absolutely brilliantly, with it’s regular 8 teachers now teaching over 700 students in Years 1-8. This year we have over 50 students in Year 8, including 20 girls, which is a testament to the quality of the teaching. As you will see from the photos, Wäramoth Primary is in dire need of further assistance. The blackboards desperately need replacing. For about $100, you can help purchase a new blackboard. Our tax deductible donations page is now up and running, you can donate through our Donate page.

See the video.

Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world’s largest refugee camp

via the Refugee Law Project (RLP)

“Roughly 3.5 million South Sudanese people – at least one – quarter of the entire country’s population – have had to leave their homes since war broke out in December 2013”

Back to School 2017

Wäramoth Primary students are back at school for 2017. Attendance at the school is looking great with each of the Year 1,2 and 3 classes needing to be split in two due to high student numbers. Thanks to teacher Tong Ayei for this photo of the students at morning assembly last Friday morning. The improvements in technology continue to astound me with Tong now able to send us photos direct from his mobile while at Wäramoth school. In 2007 it took me almost a week in South Sudan before I found a satellite phone to make contact with Australia — what a difference a decade makes 🙂

Surviving South Sudan’s escalating violence

Surviving South Sudan’s escalating violence: life in a UN camp – in pictures

#SouthSudan for More photos to show the dire conditions for thousands of people displaced by ongoing fighting and escalating violence… no end in sight.

Top Student in the Whole of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State

Timpir’s schools and students may not have fancy uniforms or buildings, but thanks to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our teachers, donors and supporters we are able to support students to achieve their very best.

This has resulted in outstanding performance over the past 2 years, as measured by the South Sudan Primary Certificate Exams. In 2015, our local school, built from local materials, taught by local teachers in Wäramoth produced the number 1 student in the whole of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support, without it we would not have been able to get these fantastic results.

2015 School Results

I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of all those who are involved with Timpir. From the teachers at the schools to the donors and volunteers in Australia, the community members in Mabok and Waramoth and most of all the students.

Our hard work, commitment and perseverance has been rewarded with outstanding achievements from our 2015 Year 8 students. Waramoth primary school students have achieved 1st and 6th place in Year 8 exams in the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (the equivalent of SA)! Our little mud-walled, thatched-roofed school has produced the top student out of 4321 Year 8 students in the State! My heartfelt congratulations to that student and all those who have contributed to his education.