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KSU Determined to End Malnutrition!
Kush State University Using Modern Day Manna from Heaven to End Malnutrition!
The Christians and Muslims, men and women of Kush State University have begun an effort to end malnutrition in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and beyond.
"If we don't act quickly, we will face an even more serious food shortage," said KSU President, Khalid Abass.
When I was in South Sudan last month, I learned that NGO's have announced that relief shipments to the Nuba Mountains will be greatly reduced this year. In addition, Nuba farmers who have fled to South Sudan have been informed that they must relinquish half of their harvest. While I was in the Yida refugee I saw that there is already widespread evidence of malnutrition. The photos (above) I took of Nuba children show the bleached hair of protein defficiency. "If you see the malnourished children being treated at the hospital, you will cry," Khalid commented to me.
I learned that the amazing Moringa tree was planted ten years ago in the Nuba Mountains on a small scale, but it was enough to show it thrives in the Nuba climate. Even the people who have Moringa trees are unaware the that solution to malnutrition is right at their fingertips!
The leaves of the Moringa tree are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, and can easily be added to the normal diet of the people of the Nuba Mountains. But the people don't normally eat leaves from the trees, so those who have trees have been feeding the leaves to goats and cattle.
The 196 women and men of KSU's nursing program are in a unique position as trusted insiders to teach the people how to plant the Moringa and add the leaves to their diet. "I've been making sacrifices to become a trained nurse, but I never imagined I could make a difference so quickly," said one nursing student.
This past Sunday, August 4th, KSU hosted a community meeting to plant some Moringa seedlings, and to begin to educate the people on the benefit of adding Moringa to their diet. As the Governor of the Nuba Mountains helped the students and professor Ismael Dabura plant Moringa seedlings, he declared "I want every family in the Nuba Mountains to have a Moringa tree. Together we can end malnutrition."
The pilot program is officially launched, and in addition to planting all available seeds, the students will begin a community health study. They will gather statistics on intakes at the two hospitals, and will begin measure the benefit to malnourished children.
We are also exploring ways to vastly expand the reach of the Moringa project by making seeds and knowledge available throughout the region.
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Future Generation Primary School
Conversations with Sony Amaka, the principal of the Future Generation Primary School, brought us up to date on all that is going on in Rumbek. Almost all of their 800 students are currently preparing to sit for their exams. As the school continues to grow so do their needs. Sony is currently working on building new classrooms to accommodate their expanding student roster. However without the funds to do so she worries about class size for the upcoming semester. While very hopeful for the future she expressed a desire for donors to help out in their time of rapid growth. More students means not only more space but also more food supplies. For many of the students at the FGPS the meal they receive may be the only nourishment they receive. If you’d like to help the students in Rumbek please go to www.sudansunrise.org
Bishop Abraham Visits D.C.
World Bank, Washington DC
Bishop Abraham Nhial, pictured here are the World Bank, ignored warnings last year taking risks to reach out to the Nuer communities in South Sudan. He was so warmly received that he has begun to explore with South Sudanese peace activist and actor Ger Duany the vision of collaborating on unity schools that would bring children together from different regional and ethno-linguistic groups in South Sudan. Ger played a character based on Abraham in the feature movie, “The Good Lie’ but they had not met until they crossed paths this summer at the US Institute of Peace. Both are excited about the prospects of collaborating, and are exploring the vision, and sources of funding. Please let us know if you might like to be involved!
Manute Bol Primary School
We send our condolences to the family of Santino Kuoc Yai (pictured left) and all the students, teachers and staff at the Manute Bol Primary School. Santino was a student, then teacher, and in 2014 the Deputy Headmaster of the Manute Bol School. He moved to Juba to continue his education, and immediately following a presentation he collapsed and died. Santino was only 34 years old, and leaves a wife and children. His body was returned to Turalei where he was buried.
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