May: Micro Finance Manager needed

HOPE OFIRIHA is National None Governmental Organization (NGO)  based in South Sudan and Uganda founded with an aim to empower women and children living in rural communities to overcome social injustice, disease, illiteracy, and poverty. Our small-scale interventions enhance their social and economic well-being and help them reach their potential. HOPE OFIRIHA’s economic empowerment arm – (micro-finance), seeks to change its previous approach of lending, to establishing a well thought out innovation owned by women to fight poverty through income generation initiative by taking up… Read More

April: Gearbox cleared From Juba Airport

Gearbox

A huge Thank You to DEKI.ORG.UK who funded a gearbox for our land Rover Defender NGO 12/1 RSS! We are able to drive across  the county to deliver services. Our vet Land Rover is capable of transporting two tons, or carries 15 people excluding a driver. It will be able to reach communities in remote, difficult -to-access rural areas as it will be able to travel off-road. After when it was grounded due to failure in the gearbox, Hope Ofiriha had a major challenge to… Read More

March News: Interlocking Soil Blocks

Francis Soil block specialist in Omilling

Interlocking Soil Stabilized Blocks is a brick technology that has existed for hundreds of years and is just making headway in Omilling south Sudan. Hydraform is doing much to develop and promote its use in East Africa. The interlocking feature to the Soil stabilized blocks were, in fact, developed at Omilling! The benefits of the use of these blocks are great and include: Environmental – breaking away from the general practice of firing bricks, the impact of deforestation and on the wetlands is greatly reduced…. Read More

Feb. News: South Sudan Needs Education

Newly built classroom Mairo Primary School

South Sudan needs Education to Defeat Tribalism, Illiteracy, and poverty for future generation. please join us to build a peaceful future! Progress at Mairo Primary School Omilling South Sudan:Work has been going on well at Mairo, and the first double classroom block is completed. The building teams have been very committed, and everyone has worked hard. The water ladies have had to carry water over a half KM on their heads as we have been waiting for the borehole to be drilled. In June of… Read More

Jan. News: Kick Start Microloan Programme

Aneno Beatrice,new client in Juba

In late November and early December James Collett visited Hope Ofiriha (HO) on behalf of our new partner Deki. He was met at the airport by Alice Amwony who manages our local operations in Magwi, Juba, and Uganda. HO microloan is in its nascent stage with a network of two branches in Juba area. However, it has already mobilized 1,000 poor women into 50 groups, and the disbursement of the first loans to 20 women borrowers starting this January. The initial experiences in Juba suggest… Read More

December 1: World AIDS Day 2013

World AIDS Day Torit 2013

Hope Ofiriha has been promoting HIV-AIDS awareness in remote settlements in Omilling countryside – as its contribution to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6; to combat HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate World AIDS Day, and with twenty four months left to 2015, a year by which most countries are expected to meet Millennium Development Goal. Are these goals achievable in South Sudan? Hope Ofiriha is especially interested in goal 4; to reduce child mortality, goal 5; to improve maternal health and goal 6; to combat HIV/AIDS. We… Read More

James Collett: Welcome to Magwi County!

James Collett: Welcome To Magwi County!

James is arriving South Sudan today from UK. During his visit he will train HopeOfiriha staff, and volunteers with a know-how skill to use mambu in it unique microloan initiative which started after the formation of the partnership few months ago. James’s main reason of visiting is to make sure thing is working well from the beginning. James Collett is a team member of Deki.org.uk Mambu enables any MFI to deliver state-of-the-art banking through its software-as-a-service cloud solution. Agile, flexible and open, Mambu eliminates the… Read More

Holiday Season: Give the Gift of Child Sponsorship

thanksgiving 2013

Around the world, many people are celebrating the holiday season. Whether you’re putting up a Christmas tree, menorah, or kinara, Hope Ofiriha invites you to think outside the box when giving or asking for gifts. Instead of giving or receiving token presents, such as soaps, fruit cakes, or candles, put your money to good use and give the gift that keeps on giving,child sponsorship. As a child sponsor, you and your loved ones can help save a child from a life of extreme poverty. Your… Read More

Laura Iteng: Our First Deki Entrepreneur

Laura Iteng

Laura (68) who is one of our first entrepreneurs to request a loan  from our partner Deki is setting up her business in charcoal retail. Now a widow, she has raised her 6 children who are now making their own lives. She currently supports three orphans who are under her care. Until now Laura has been selling second hand clothes but she is changing trades because charcoal retail will be more profitable for her. She will invest the loan into 10 sacks of charcoal, which… Read More

Our New Microloan Partner: Deki

Deki: our new partner

Hope Ofiriha announces the new partnership with Deki to provide loan to underserved areas of southern Sudan and Uganda. Hope Ofiriha is first Deki’s partner in East Africa, and has approximately 1016 clients, serves marginalized women earning less than $ 1 a day, and is committed to commercially scaling its operations and its reaches. We are thrilled to collaborate with Deki as our second MFI partner to anchor our expansion into Southern Sudan and Uganda, said Alice Amwony, program coordinator. Hope Ofiriha, under the entrepreneurial… Read More

Progress at Mairo Primary & Onura Nursery School

Edward Mandela, volunteer porter

Thanks to our generous donor, phase one of our school building is now built! Work has been going on well at Omilling, and the first two classrooms block are nearly finished. With all our projects we are continually learning, and the buildings should be quicker to assemble. We have experienced supplies problem, and the shortages of soil block production due to heavy rain fall, but these problems have been addressed. We are now keeping larger stocks of materials in one of the classrooms. The construction… Read More

South Sudan: Hard-Earned Independence

Awaiting July 9th to celebrate our Independence

The world newest nation will be celebrating its second Independence anniversary July 9th 2013. During this historic event, I will share this story with you from HopeOfiriha, the small-scale development organization working in Magwi County South Sudan for years. “We started a new life in a world newest nation” was the answer I heard from the people of South Sudan in Magwi on my arrival. I am here to share in the celebrations for the second anniversary of the African newest nation, and to see… Read More

About Day of the African Child

SOUTH AFRICA-APARTHEID-RIOTS

The Day of the African child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991. It was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity. It is in honour of the children who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 when about 10,000 black school children in south Africa matched in a column more than a half a mile long, protesting against apartheid-inspired education. They demanded to be taught in their own language, which resulted in the killing of unarmed young protestors by the… Read More

Oklahoma Needs Your Help

oklahoma tornado victim

You can help victims of the deadly tornado that swept through Oklahoma On Monday by making a donation to  Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. We are raising international awareness to raise funds for GlobalGiving for cleanup and victim aid. Know of any ways to fundraising? Let us know, and we’ll send a donation link there. Let us stick with our friends in Oklahoma in this hard time!  

Can You Befriend Us at Facebook?

HO: Befriend Us at Facebook

Not everyone has extra cash to give but that need not mean that you cannot be a valued support of our work. To connect us with other people is an important task that help us find new fan – supporters. If you use Facebook simply go to our page and “Like” it. If you become a member and then share it with  your contacts on Facebook. Go to HO Facebook page now. Most e-mail programs allow for a personal signature why not simply add a… Read More

Celebrating Norway’s Constitution: Happy May 17!

National Day May 17th 2013

Each year on May 17 Norwegians fill the streets with cheers and flags in celebration of Norway’s constitution, adopted in 1814. It sometimes happens that foreigners inadvertently walk out of Oslo’s main railway station and stumble into the capital city’s May 17 parade. Either they then join in, or they run for cover and exit the country muttering about total chauvinistic madness. There may well be an element of madness about Norway’s May 17th celebrations, everything being relative. The event commemorates the Norwegian Constitution, signed… Read More

The Appeal

Nominate midwife Esther Madudu for Nobel Peace Prize 2015

HOPE OFIRIHA is spreading STAND UP FOR AFRICANMOTHERS appeal because it has similar purpose to Stop South Sudanese Moms From Dying In Childbirth project. AMREF nominated HOPE OFIRIHA to distribute this petition to Global audiences to help elect an African midwife for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015! Sign the petition now! We want to believe in a future where African women have access to care during pregnancy and childbirth. A future where they can decide when to have a child, and even if they… Read More

Warm a Mom Heart by Changing Lives

Happy Mother Day 2013

The gift every MOM wants: the ability to raise healthy children. New Mother and Baby kit (GIVE NOW!) Want to do something heart-warming this Mother’s Day? Gifts that change the lives of women and families in South Sudan are a wonderful way to honor the special mom in your life. Thank her for all she’s done by giving a mom living in poverty supplies to care for a newborn. Or help a Mom send her children to school, equip her with a small business loan to improve… Read More

GlobalGiving Visits Our Project in Uganda

Women in Hope Ofiriha's micro-loan

“Now I am a human,” said Beatrice, when I asked her about her life now compared to before she received her first loan of Sh150,000 (about $55) from Hope Ofriha in 2008.  Beatrice is a refugee from South Sudan who escaped during the country’s civil war in 1997 – first to Kenya, then eventually settling in Kampala, Uganda.  At first she sold vegetables in the local market, making very little money.  She couldn’t afford to pay rent or to cover the school fees for her… Read More

2012 Tax-Deductible Year–End Gift

Nata, a promising future leader

As the year comes to a close, Hope Ofiriha is so grateful for partners like you. You have brought transformation to so many children this year. Please give your 2012 tax-deductible year-end gift to help Nata in 2013. She’s a promising future leader in South Sudan. Your gift will provide Nata with food, education, a warm and safe school to study.  And just look at her today. We have included a photo of her from earlier this month, when she attended Hope Ofiriha screening interview… Read More

What Is on Your Christmas Wish List of 2012?

I wish you a merry christmas & a Happy new year

Choose an item below and make a difference today! Your gift is tax-deductible through GlobalGiving this thanksgiving season. $20 Give a Village Drinking water in South Sudan. Clean water brings health, education, and the chance for a better tomorrow. Often, it means life itself. This holiday season, give the gift that saves lives and bring hope. <Give water!> $35 per Care Package Bless a poor mother and her child by providing newborn baby essentials.  Send a baby care package thank includes socks, onesies, a bottle,… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving from Hope Ofiriha

Thanksgiving Day 22 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States and around the world! Hope Ofiriha wants to send a most sincere thank you to all of our supporters, donors, child sponsors, partners, volunteers, and everyone else playing a role in our success. Together, we are making a huge difference in the lives of South Sudanese women and children struggling to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their community. Enjoy this special day of Thanksgiving and remember that we could not do this work without… Read More

Give Encouragement to Nice Kids!

Just leave an encouragement message on Facebook

Let’s overwhelm these children with support as they will be heading back to school next year in Uganda. Leave an encouraging message today! Here’s your chance to send an encouraging message to nice children in South Sudan or Naka currently on visit in Uganda: Just leave a comment on this Facebook post, and we’ll send your message to the children! HOPE Ofiriha children campaign this year has one goal: to help 100 new children stay in school in 2013. Some many factors – illness, hunger,… Read More

Octocber 17th: Bonus Day!

October 17th: Bonus Day!

Give More, Get More: GlobalGiving is Matching Donations to Hope Ofiriha from October 17th 2012. Are you looking for a way to support Hope Ofiriha get more bangs for your bucks? On October 17th, GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $ 1000 per donor, per project. There is $50,000 available in matching funds. Matching will begin at 12:01 am EDT and last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. Once funds have been depleted, no more donations will be matched. Let’s… Read More

Nata: Needs Help to be at School

Deportation; denied her education

From February, 2013, we will send children of families deported from Israel to South Sudan to Kingsway boarding school in Uganda. Nata was arrested in a classroom, and deported to South Sudan. She is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, after years of excelling in her studies in Israel. Read more We are already active in Juba, although, due to very high costs, we do not yet have a base in the capital. HO is based in Magwi County 85 km away from Central Equatoria…. Read More

Help Children Get a Proper Education

Welcome to our Party!

South Sudanese children have been scattered around the globe, after their parents fled the bloody civil war in Sudan. Once South Sudan became an independent state, many began to return to their old-new country. About 1,500 South Sudanese who found asylum in Israel, were deported back to South Sudan this summer. Among them are many children, who studied in the Israeli education system for the last few years, where they got a good head start. The deportees from Israel have not yet had the chance… Read More

Meeting Deportees in Juba

HOPE Ofiriha met Deportees in Juba

In July the Israeli Immigration authorities arrested dozens of people in a crackdown mainly targeting asylum seekers from South Sudan. The South Sudanese community, estimated of 1000-1,500 members entered Israel through the Sinai Peninsula, searching for a safe refuge, escaping the war and their persecution in South Sudan following their massacre in Cairo, on 2005. Israel granted the South Sudanese with a class protection, which was lifted on April 2012, 9 months after the referendum that granted the independence of South Sudan. Israeli Human Rights… Read More

South Sudan Celebrates Its First Independence Day

July 9: South Sudan Independence Day

On July 9: tens of thousands of South Sudanese are bursting out in streets of  Juba raising the flag to celebrate the country’s first Independence Day. On same Day time last year, planet Earth welcomed its African newest nation. It gained independence after a decade-long civil war; South Sudan is one year old nation full of promise. South Sudan is the 193rd player in the United Nations playground, its 7-year old government has learned to run, and is even tweeting from @RepSouthSudan! So where do… Read More

Get More Bang for Your Donation Buck

We need your help on June 13

Give More, Get More: GlobalGiving is Match Donations to Hope Ofiriha from June 13. Are you looking for a way to support our projects and get more bangs for your bucks? Starting at midnight at 12:00am EDT on June 13, GlobalGiving is matching all donations by 30% for partner, 40% for leader, and 50% for superstar. Good news! – HOPE OFIRIHA is ranked a superstar and donation to the charity will be matched by 50% on the same day. There is a total of $75,000… Read More

Village Microloan Cooperative

Carol and Delphin meeting women in Magwi County

Hope Ofiriha has made an application to Pilot Light Foundation to fund the women cooperatives in Magwi County. On April 12:  Carol Levy, and Delphin Muhizi met the beneficiaries to assess their needs. PLF will fund a cooperative as a pilot project from the four proposals. Sixty-five percent of South Sudanese live below the poverty line. Though able and ambitious enough to start their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty, many simply don’t have any capital to start making money. Banks will not… Read More