Urgent Global News
Through programs around the world, La Salle International Foundation helps people lead a better life. Featured here are some critical issues deserving our attention.
South Sudan: Moving Forward Amid Crisis
January 28, 2015
To assist in the building of South Sudan’s human capacity, La Salle International has been supporting the efforts of Solidarity with South Sudan, which is successfully offering educational, health and pastoral services. Solidarity with South Sudan currently has operational facilities in Juba, Wau, Malakal, Riimenze and Yambio, and satellite offerings in Leer, Nzara, Kosti, Renk and Bentieu. The staff, largely consists of consecrated religious male and females who typically have had previous missionary experience and who are experts in their field. The Solidarity teachers at the Catholic Health Training Institute (CHTI) in Wau are board certified and fully credentialed Medical Doctors (MD) and Registered Nurse (RN) trainers.
The organization’s efforts have been threatened, however, by the recent and ongoing conflict in South Sudan. As a result of the war, many people are in need of humanitarian assistance. (See the numbers below.) South Sudan erupted into violence 15 December 2013 when rebels loyal to the ousted Vice President Riek Machar initiated military action in the country. Since then, militia members loyal to Machar have battled government forces. Solidarity with South Sudan strives to create self-sustainable teacher training and health-care institutes which eventually will be run by the Sudanese themselves. Solidarity with South Sudan does not discriminate with regards to tribal affiliation, geographic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. All programs operate under a collaborative memorandum of understanding with the appropriate national certifying authorities such as the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Health. Contributions in support of this challenging and important work can be made through this website (press the “Support our work” button on the top right.)
Situation Summary Update as of 23 January 2014
- Partners scaled up social mobilization campaigns in Akobo, Awerial, Maban and Raja-Juba to improve school enrollment.
- The post-harvest food security assessment (second harvest of the year 2014) in the Equatorial region was completed and results will be issued shortly.
- Plans are underway to respond to livestock disease outbreak in Turkei, Unity State where an estimated 35 per cent of cattle herds were affected by an unknown disease and about 30 per cent of the affected cattle have died between July and mid-December 2014.
A quick look at the numbers as of this date:
4.5 Million People reached with humanitarian aid
1.5 Million People displaced internally by violence
[Photo Courtesy of Reuters]
Haiti: Water for the Community Promotion Center
December 28, 2014
In Haiti, the Community Promotion Center (CPC) in Cazeau serves effectively to fight child and maternal malnutrition while promoting the socio-economic development of indigent populations living in the outskirts of Port au Prince. The facility recently was inaugurated and its activities (which include training, health monitoring of both mothers and babies, producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, etc.) are now fully operational. An urgent problem which remains for the Center is how to ensure sufficient potable water to meet the needs of a variety of activities, especially during the dry season of the year. Our CPC project goal is to purchase and install a large water tank which will cost $ 9,972 USD. You can help us by going to our donation page and clicking on the “donate” button.