Category Archives: South Sudan

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.

Food Program Progress

Today we sent approximately AU$1500 to South Sudan to feed almost 450 students at Waramoth Primary lunch each day for the month of July. These meals are lifesaving for students and their families. Many families in South Sudan are currently in a very tenuous situation, with some choosing to flee to Khartoum in the north with the hope that they will find food there. Timpir is in a position to work with communities to reduce the disastrous effects of famine, but we desperately need the support of donors. Please consider donating to help us run this important program.

Thanks so much to all those who have donated to Timpir’s school lunch program so far. We have raised enough to run the program for one month in the two schools, it would be great if we could raise enough for another two months. This would see the children through to when crops and food becomes more available in September. Please go to the donation page for details on donating and know that every cent of your donation is spent on the ground in South Sudan.

South Sudan 4th Birthday

4 years ago today South Sudan became the world’s newest country. The journey so far has been a rollercoaster ride for the fledgling nation, but Timpir has been there every step of the way. As we reflect today on the ups and downs of South Sudan, it is important to acknowledge the achievements of Timpir through the continued support of our donors. We have been working with the people of South Sudan for 10 years now, since the signing of the Peace agreement in 2005. During this period hundreds of children have been supported to learn at Waramoth and Mabok Primary schools. 2 classes of students have graduated Primary school and over 800 students currently attend the two schools. We have employed over 20 teachers, and while 15 are currently still teaching at the schools, employment and experience working at at impair schools has enabled other teachers to further their education at University and High School, work for other NGOs and the Government. We have run many community development initiatives, some exceptionally successful, such as the digging of bore holes, others that weren’t so successful but have taught us a lot. Our biggest hope is that the young people we are educating become the future of South Sudan and help build a country that is as strong and resilient as its people.