SPECIAL MESSAGE

Dear Friend,
In recognition of the recent success of South Sudan in obtaining its freedom we are delighted to announce the name of the Fund has changed to the Sudan Relief Fund.
Our new name expresses our expanded mission to partner with other bishops as well as religious orders and Catholic organizations throughout South Sudan in the years ahead. Under our new name we will continue to help the Church carry on the critical work of easing the suffering and saving lives of the persecuted people of South Sudan.
With your essential help, the Fund has worked tirelessly to support two Catholic hospitals, a Catholic radio station, schools, hundreds of bore wells, and the provision of food and refugee kits to the traumatized and needy during times of war, drought, and famine. We at the Sudan Relief Fund look forward to continuing to serve our brothers and sisters in South Sudan into the future.
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As the Sudan Relief Fund embarks on this new chapter we have decided to adopt St. Josephine Bakhita as our patron. St. Bakhita, a native of Darfur, was for many years a slave of Muslim masters in El Obeid until she eventually found freedom and became a nun. She was named the patron saint of Sudan in 2000 when she was canonized by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Of course we will continue to support Dr. Tom Catena and the Mother of Mercy hospital in Gidel. In fact, based on funding we have provided, construction will begin this month on a major expansion to the hospital, which will include a 62-bed pediatrics ward and a TB ward. We will support other projects in the Nuba Mountains and also funding requests from bishops throughout South Sudan. We invite you to visit our new website (www.sudanreliefund.org) frequently to learn about our projects and to meet the people whose lives you are changing for the better.

We were standing with the people of South Sudan in times of war, and now, we look forward to standing together with them to face even greater challenges. Together, and with God’s grace, you have worked miracles for the people of Sudan – let us continue to be their beacons of hope.

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EDUCATION

It has been an enormous challenge building and supporting these crucial institutions in this war-ravaged land. Against significant odds and not inconsiderable danger . We have been able to provide critical support to build, staff, and provision the Mother of Mercy Gidel Hospital for the besieged people of the Nuba Mountains. There is no other […]

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REFUGEES

We have had too much experience in providing for refugees since our founding in 1998. But we have put that experience to use. It has taught us what bare essentials are necessary to most effectively and efficiently help these refugees survive. We continue to distribute refugee kits with food staples (sugar, salt, flour), blankets, mosquito […]

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WATER & WELLS

Water is life. But for too many the struggle to obtain water risks violence, death, and disease. Without a source of safe water communities die too.All it takes to provide this vital source of life: a well. We have drilled more than 300 wells across the El Obeid Diocese to save lives, alleviate suffering, and […]

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