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August 2014 update

Many thanks to Peter Cassidy for changing the Timpir website so that we are now able to more easily post updates on our projects in South Sudan.  Here is the fist of what will be regular updates on the progress and developments of Timpir’s projects.

Timpir’s first ever cohort of Year 8 students sat their national exams

These are the first group of Year 8 students to successfully graduate Wäramoth Primary School. Graduates included 1 female student. The students did very well, most have now gone on to high school with some finding employment with NGOs.
These are the first group of Year 8 students to successfully graduate Wäramoth Primary School. Graduates included 1 female student. The students did very well, most have now gone on to high school with some finding employment with NGOs.

at the end of 2013. All 13 students (including 1 female) passed their exams successfully, with several achieving in the top group in the Wäramoth region.

Timpir has again been supporting our two schools in South Sudan in 2014. 8 teachers have been employed at Wäramoth Primary to teach 411 students in Years 1 to 8 (245 boys and 166 girls).

Wäramoth Primary School
Wäramoth Primary School

The Wäramoth community continues to maintain the buildings that have been built over the past 8 years, and all the buildings are currently in good condition.

 

 

The community has also been generously supported by another NGO

The toilet block with a hand washing tank out the front.
The toilet block with a hand washing tank out the front.
that has built a toilet block (with pit latrine toilets) for the school. This is fantastic news for hygiene and sanitation, and the school community is very proud of their new amenities!

The new desks in the classroom.
The new desks in the classroom.
Students sitting on bricks and the ground in classrooms.
Students sitting on bricks and the ground in classrooms.

Wäramoth Primary School has also been lucky to receive support to make 45 desks for students. Previously students would sit on the ground or on bricks or stones that they had found. Now 3-4 students are able to share a desk which enables them to write in their books and sit for the school day much more comfortably. At this stage only the Year 5-8 classes have desks.

Timpir has also continued our support of Mabok Primary School in 2014, employing 5 teachers to teach growing numbers of students in Years 1-7. There are currently 383 students

Awal, Mabok's female teacher.
Awal, Mabok’s female teacher.

at Mabok PS (97 girls and 286 boys). Excitingly, Timpir has employed a female teacher at Mabok for a second year, and it is hoped that this will help to encourage more girls to attend school.

Despite the current challenges facing much of South Sudan, Northern Bahr el Ghazal (the state in which Timpir currently operates) is stable and secure. This enables us to continue our important work and continue to educate the future generation of South Sudan.  We look forward to our second cohort of Year 8 students (17 of them, including 1 female) sitting their exams at the end of the year, and wish all our students all the very best for their continued studies this year.

Year 8 students in class
Year 8 students in class

June 2012 Newsletter

The Timpir newsletter for June has been released, see it here.

In addition, Timpir has just started running a lunch program at our two schools. South Sudan is on the brink of a massive famine. This report released in March this year highlights the impending famine, and the situation has only got worse since that time.

With bad crops in 2011, food supply in the region at very low levels due to border closures, and the escalating costs of food, many people in regional areas, such as Wäramoth and Mabok are starving. Timpir is assisting as best it can, and will employ cooks at the two schools to prepare cooked lunches for more than 700 students currently enrolled across the two schools.

This lunch program will mean that each day Timpir’s students have at least one meal, and this will also enable their families to spread their meagre food supplies across their remaining children. It is planned that we will carry out this lunch program during the months of June to August, as by September the rains will hopefully have brought a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to the area which will sustain families until their crops are ready in October/November.

The Timpir board in collaboration with the teachers at the 2 Primary schools have estimated that to feed the 700+ students for these three months will cost over $6000. If you are able to assist Timpir with this essential project please donate at
www.givenow.com.au/timpir.