Around the world, millions of people die every year from diseases that are no longer an issue in the Western world. Every day, we receive reports of children and the elderly dying of tuberculosis, typhoid, even common diarrhea. Every day, we work to make a difference in these communities – if one less child dies of a preventable disease, then we have succeeded.
Last year, we teamed up with our partners Waterstep and Love the Hungry in South Sudan to assist Nile Orphan Care. Working with John Deng Ater and his wife, we packed suitcases of supplies for his trip to South Sudan (pictured). With over 150 pounds of medical supplies from SOS, Nile Orphan Care was able to treat over 100 patients in two days when they arrived in Juba, South Sudan. Love the Hungry and Waterstep also provided fortified meals and water purification equipment – thus continuing to provide a holistic approach to health care in this community devastated by HIV/AIDS and common diseases killing the most vulnerable.
Nile Orphan Care plans to open a small clinic in Juba to serve children within the orphanage and the surrounding community. By collaborating with our partners in the US, we can provide a solid foundation for the people of South Sudan to build upon. An outbreak of malaria in September 2019 that killed dozens of the communities children and elderly shows the urgency in providing quality, sustainable healthcare in the region. By working together every day with our partners and supporters, we can create change in a community that will reverberate through generations of healthy, hopeful mothers, children and future leaders of South Sudan.