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Grace before and after operation We work with communities. Read More

Agupa Community Nursery School Agupa chidlren reading alphabet 2 and 1/2 months after their school opened. The school committee has plans: - to raise another block of 2 rooms then one class will be left inside the church -to raise fees per pupil to 17SSP in 2014 in 1st term up from 7SSP in 2013. 2nd term fees to be 12SSP - the parents to take hold of the school which is a community initiative. The parents are the donors. Read More

Children reading project These children could read better than those of other camps. In particular they could:  read the whole alphabet  read simple words  read simple sentences Read More

Radio messages in cattle camps Through radio recording on digital audio players people in cattle camps learn - contentment, treating women with respect, not fighting. Read More

The Sound of Hope There is hope in Terekeka. Read More

Let the children hear Children gather around the Digital Audio Player to listen to radio messages. Read More

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Across: Transforming lives and communities


Francis Laki

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:36
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“I want to be a doctor,” says Laki

 

Laki-1Francis Laki is 11 years old. He is physically challenged. He lives in Bereka, Lainya County in Central Equatorial State of the Republic of South Sudan. He is one of the beneficiaries of the Inclusive Education (IE) and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme of ACROSS, funded by Light for the World and European Union.

In 2004 Laki developed polio which left him paralyzed. As a result Laki kept away from other children. He could not go to school because the distance was long and hilly. He also lacked school uniform and school books. Laki’s friends and relatives kept away from him because of his challenges.

Laki’s mother, Yawa Grace is a single parent who got pregnant at senior 6. After giving birth to Laki she went back to School to continue with her studies at Yei Teachers Training College leaving Laki to stay with his grandmother who is a widow. Laki’s grandmother does subsistence farming. 

 

Overcoming beliefs

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:13
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Grace Tabu's transformed life transforms family

CBR.IE-GraceAt one year of age Grace smiles heartily completely oblivious of her challenge with cleft lip and palate. The condition had it difficult for her to suckle her mother’s breasts and instead receive bottle feeding. Grace is the fifth born to Clement Lowate and Betty Meling residents of Yei County in Central Equatoria State of South Sudan.  

Clement and his relatives accused Betty of being the cause of Grace’s condition. They said that she was adulterous. They refused to support Betty and the children.

Grace could not feed normally. She could not suckle well. Each time she tried to she choked on food getting to her nose. As a result she became malnourished.

Betty heard about the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme of Across through a local radio station and came for help. CBR team met with Grace’s parents and explained the cause of the cleft lip and palate. They were also advised on bottle feeding and on social counseling so they live together again. Clement and Betty learnt what to do daily before the operation. Graces lips had to be stretched so that the two sides would be able to meet in the middle. Clement still held fast to his belief that his wife was the cause of Grace’s condition.

 

Radio-A Kenyi

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:14
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Peace messages through DAPs

Anthony Kenyi, the paramount chief of Tombek (pictured right), also felt the impact of these peace building messages by Across. He mentions theRadio-A Kenyi following:

- When the Murle displaced some of the Dinkas from Bor, many ran to their border (Tombek). He decided to welcome them and right now they are keeping their cattle together with the Mundari in his payam. He decided to do this because in the DAP there are teachings that you should not revenge. He is using those teachings to guide his payam and the cattle camps of his area.

- In his border with the Dinkas, there is peace since these DAPS were given. Instead he learns that conflicts are far from his Payam in other payams of Terekeka.

- Dinka Aliap, Dinka Bor, and Mundari of Tombek live peaceful because the Mundari in his payam to some extent are beginning to use these teachings of peaceful living. So he said one day he would like to bring the chiefs from the Bor border and Aliap in order to talk more on peaceful living and he expects our DCA Bari program and Dinka program implementers to be around and should come with DAPS that are having both the Dinka and Bari peace building lessons.

 

Distributing DAPs at Tongabor

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:29
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Chol's journey to cattle camps

For several weeks Chol visited many cattle camps. One of these is at Tongabor in Baidid Payam. Last year they received five Digital Audio Players (DAPs). All were still working. 

Tangabor ccWhen the children saw Chol coming out of the car they called out, “Chol Bol Ajak has come back to us.” One of the children greeted him and asked, “Have you come with more radios?”

Interestingly, a 15 year old boy sang a Jol Wo Liec peace song which was put in the DAP to introduce the Peace-building messages. 

“There is time for war and time for peace, time for weeping and time for laughing, time for unity and disunity.” He sang it fluently.

 

As the DAPs were distributed the people reported that their cattle camp had hosted 20 kraals from Bor South, 40 kraals for Twic County and 10 kraals from the neighbouring clans. The number of people in this cattle camp had increased. Chol gave them ten DAPs.

 

ALEX SEBIT- Life Transformation

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:27
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Alex Sebit

Sebit-ppAlex Sebit John Malish is 23 years old. He lives in Yei River County at Hai Gwafa area in Central Equatoria state in the Republic of South Sudan. He is one of the beneficiaries of the Inclusive Education (IE) and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes of ACROSS that is funded by Light for the World and European Union.

Sebit became visually impaired 2 years of age following itching, pain and discharge from both eyes.

A neighbor advised Sebit’s mother to use tetracycline capsules as treatment but the condition worsened.

 


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