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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 www.gdg.org.au/GiveToJ943N . 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: http://globaldevelopmentgroup.org/au/projects/j943n-timpir-quality-school/

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”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/apr/03/uganda-at-breaking-point-bidi-bidi-becomes-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-south-sudan

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

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2017/jan/17/south-sudan-escalating-violence-life-in-un-camp-malakal-in-pictures

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.

Mabok School lunch program

Over the past 3 months Timpir has been supporting Waramoth and Mabok Primary Schools to implement lunch programs for over 800 11798394_873379846082191_247958846_n (1)students. These programs have been very successful and have seen increases in student numbers at the schools during this period. Providing lunches for the students has many benefits. For many students, this may be the only meal they eat in a day. For parents, knowing their school-attending children have eaten a solid 11801930_873379839415525_1064918815_nmeal enables them to divide their meager food resources among other family members. When students have eaten a meal at school,
this enables them to better concentrate and learn in class. This results in the strong performance as  seen by students at Waramoth in their recent mock exams. These photos are of the students at Mabok Primary enjoying their lunch meal of sorghum with a little stew.
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Waramoth Year 8 students sit mock exams

On Friday September 4th, 282 students from the region around Waramoth Primary sat their mock Year 8 exams at Ariath Primary, 11931708_1495280744099129_196112550_nthe main school in the region. 23 of the 25 Year 8 students from Waramoth sat these exams and performed exceptionally well. Three Waramoth students ranked in the top 10, with a Waramoth student achieving the 1st ranking position. This is a significant achievement for this student, and much credit 11949782_1495280837432453_79112546_nmust be given to the students as well as their teachers.  The students and teachers are very grateful to Timpir and the donors in Australia for their continued support. We wish the students all the best for their studies in the lead up to their final Primary School exams later in the year.11778135_1495280517432485_778229118_n