Building a Brighter Future
The Children’s Village
The Children’s Village is currently home to 200 orphans, but over 1000 kids have been housed and educated by the project in the last 13 years. The village isn’t much to look at, just a modest collection of dormitories, a rudimentary Church, a school and a kitchen, but by Sudanese standards it’s a stately home. It even has its own soccer ground (last year, the Children’s Village team were the best in the district!).
A dedicated group of Sudanese staff oversee the day to day operation of the orphanage, many of whom are orphans or widows themselves. The security detail is also Sudanese, and these tireless SPLA (Sudanese People’s Liberation Army) combat veterans patrol the grounds 24 hours a day.
Building a Stronger Community
Raising Infrastructure in War Ravaged Villages
Unfortunately, the situation in Southern Sudan has continued to decline despite the 2005 ceasefire. Most of the people in this region live on less than US$1 a day and don’t have access to clean water, food, medicine and basic bathing and toilet facilities.
In addition to the 1,200 meals a day provided free to the citizens of Nimule, AOEA has also assisted the greater Southern Sudanese population by operating a mobile clinic, transporting food to the SPLA frontlines and raising infrastructure to provide electricity and running water in remote villages.
Continuing the Fight
Rescuing Children from Hostile Forces
Although the Second Sudanese War technically ended in 2005, Southern Sudan is still plagued by militant rebel groups, bandits and slave traders. In fact, it’s estimated that 10,000 children and young adults were abducted into slavery in the last five years.
The infamous Lord’s Resistance Army also continue to raid the western regions of Southern Sudan, capturing, enslaving and torturing children who are forced to repeat the cycle of violence as child soldiers. As long as these threats exist, the Machine Gun Preacher will continue to lead the SPLA deep into enemy territory and fight to bring the children home.
Making a Difference
How Can You Help?
There are many ways you can help. First and foremost, you can raise awareness by telling your friends, family and social networks about the Machine Gun Preacher cause. You can also buy some of our merchandise and wear it in public to raise our profile (the money you spend will also go to the cause). If you prefer, you can also make a donation by clicking here. For those of you that like to get a little more hands on, why not consider joining one of our regular mission trips to Nimule, Southern Sudan. That way, you can see our projects for yourself and become an active agent of change!
Travelling Information with Angels of East Africa
Travelling info to Uganda and South Sudan, Africa.
If you are interested in coming on a trip to help in the work that MGP is doing in Uganda and Southern Sudan please look at the following
information: When travelling It is recommended that you check with your travel doctor before making any arrangements.