What a year 2017 has been! Thank you so much to the more than 1,000 of you who have been involved this year. Our annual report will be out in early 2018, but here are a few more highlights from the year:
Education In Yida
The primary school you support in Yida Refugee Camp had an incredible year. In July, many of the students completed standardized testing in Mathematics and English. Not only did the students do well, they had the highest test scores in Yida. Several students came close to near perfect scores at 96% in both areas of studies! At the end of July, nearly 6,000 residents in Yida came together to celebrate these future leaders. This included parents, students, teachers, and community leaders.
Healthcare In The Nuba Mountains
This year, countless more lives were saved at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. This is one of the only medical facilities in the region. This life-saving facility is led by American Dr. Tom Catena and a small local staff. Dr. Tom and the Sudanese staff refuse to leave and do their best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Access to basic medical supplies is extremely limited and the hospital is frequently in financial crisis. The hospital depends entirely on fundraising and donations to treat the wounded and train the staff, and we're so humbled that you pitched in to support the team there.
The Final Relief Mission
In March 2017, your donations were used to help bring over 22,000Ibs of Corn Soya Blend nutritive supplement to more than 500 Nuba refugees in great need in Uganda. Corn Soya Blend (CSB) is a fortified blended food used extensively by humanitarian agencies for decades in emergency situations due to it being rich in vitamins and minerals. This aid delivery provided CSB to this small community of Nuba refugees as they began moving towards sustaining themselves.
As we move into 2018, we will be closing down fundraising for emergency relief missions that target Nuba communities in need. Since this last relief mission, we have received zero requests from Sudanese partners concerning funding more in the future. Instead, we continue to hear more and more that our priority should be education. That is the direction we will continue to head in.
The Power of Storytelling
This year we released our first traveling photography installation that immerses viewers into what life is like in Yida Refugee Camp. In it's first year alone, the Yida Photography Exhibit has already raised over $20,000 at only a handful of showings. Additional showings are being booked for 2018 now.
And stay tuned, our next documentary film has a target release date of December 2018! We've already put a whopping 1,574 hours into this project, and there's plenty of work left to be done.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storyelling and movement building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs.
2017 is almost over, but there's still plenty of time to make an impact in Sudan. Here are three simple and effective ways to do that! Please choose one:
1. Join The Together Campaign. Our annual holiday season fundraising campaign is waiting for you to join! This year's campaign is called Together and is about one thing: joining together to empower teachers and students in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan through 2018. You can join by starting a fundraising page and raising $250. Most of our fundraisers reach this goal in under 30 minutes. LEARN MORE »
2. Join The Renewal. The Renewal is an automatic monthly giving program that directly supports storytelling, education, and medical programs in Sudan. It’s like your monthly subscription to a video, music, or internet cable service, but it empowers the Sudanese people! Over 50 people have joined the Renewal this year already. JOIN THEM »
3. Make A Donation. If you can't fundraise or give monthly right now, you can still make a difference by pitching in a one-time donation to the primary school we support in Yida Refugee Camp. GIVE ONLINE HERE »
You can also give by check or through your investment portfolio. LEARN MORE »