Welcome, we are the Sudan Relief Fund.
The 2.2 million people who have perished as the direct result of a campaign of genocide against South Sudan’s Christian and non -Muslim population- a death toll greater than all the victims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Rwanda combined.
Without hesitation that the President Bashir’s government has bombed churches, schools, hospitals and refugee centers. For over 20 years, the Catholic Church has provided the people with the basics needed to preserve life and to find Christ.
The regime has tortured and killed its own citizens including catechists, teachers and priests. I can tell you that the President Bashir’s government supports the selling of Christians and non-Muslims as slaves.
What’s more, I can tell you that millions of our brothers and sister in South Sudan have no homes, and so must find shelter wherever possible under extremely unhealthy conditions. They are in need of clean water, food and basic sanitation.
That is why in 1998 we established the Sudan Relief Fund for the purpose of bringing food, clothing, shelter, medical attention and the Gospel of Christ to the people of South Sudan.
Since then, with the prayers and financial support of faithful people like you, we have made very real progress under the most difficult circumstances imaginable:
- At the height of the war we dug bore wells wherever and whenever we were able. Today, we’re digging more wells and creating healthful, more permanent sources of life-giving water for the people.
- We’re bringing much-needed health care to a region that until a few years ago had not known medical care of any kind. We have built a full-scale, 80-bed hospital, “Mother of Mercy,” the first of its kind in my diocese.
- We’re moving beyond our first makeshift schools to the development of the first full-fledged educational system ever in the diocese. We’re graduating students from our primary schools in ever-greater numbers. And we’re building classrooms and purchasing benches, desks, books and school supplies for the growing numbers of secondary school students in the region.
- Today, we’re building centers of education and religious formation. Additionally, we’re building basic housing for catechists and teachers, so that they will have clean and safe places to live while doing God’s work in the diocese.
ABOUT THE SUDAN RELIEF FUND
Having personally witnessed more than 20 years of horrendous religious persecution, enslavement, rape, torture, starvation and murder of the South Sudanese people at the hands of their own government, the Sudan Relief Fund was started for the purpose of bringing food, safe drinking water, clothing, shelter, medical attention and hope to the people of South Sudan.
Since its inception in 1998, the 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization has made significant progress under the most difficult circumstances imaginable – but much work remains to be done.
A Special Message
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 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.
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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, The Sudan Relief Fund is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your personal or corporate contribution is deductible to the full extent of the law. Our IRS number is 52-2148976.
CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE OPERATIONS OF THE SUDAN RELIEF FUND?
Yes. We have provided for your convenience on this website our most recently available official 990 form filed with the IRS, as well as an audited financial statement. The 990 gives you both financial and non-financial information such as the names of our board members and our staff. You may also contact us by mail, phone or email: Sudan Relief Fund PO Box 7084 Merriffield, Va 22116-9798 Phone/Fax: (703) 396-7817 Toll-Free: 1-888-488-0348 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY IS THERE ONLY A P.O. BOX?
The Fund does not spend any money on office facilities here in the United States where we are located. But don’t worry, we will get any mail you send us.
CAN I CONTRIBUTE ONLINE?
Yes! Just click here and it will send you to our donations page.