August 2018 Heart of Nuba Update

an update on your fundraising efforts for Mother of Mercy Hospital

Posted by OBS Team on August 24th, 2018

In October 2016, Operation Broken Silence launched the Heart of Nuba Campaign alongside of the Take Heart Foundation. This online fundraising movement focuses solely on supporting Mother of Mercy Hospital in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. This is a brief update about the hospital and your progress so far.

Background

People in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan have been living in emergency conditions since June of 2011, when the government of Sudan launched a relentless campaign of terror and death against their communities. The Sudanese government has officially banned all aid and media organizations from the Nuba Mountains in an attempt to cover their crimes. The deteriorating situation here has become a forgotten conflict for much of the world. Click or tap the map for a visual. 

A fragile ceasefire is currently in effect in the Nuba Mountains, but many expect it not to last. 

In the warzone sits Mother of Mercy hospital, the only hospital in the region. This life-saving facility is led by American Dr. Tom Catena and an incredible local Nuba staff. They refuse to leave and do their best to save lives underneath the shadows of government warplanes, treating as many as 400 patients a day. Access to basic medical supplies is extremely limited and the hospital is frequently in financial crisis. The hospital depends entirely on private fundraising and donations to treat the wounded and train the staff.

Heart of Nuba Campaign Update

The Heart of Nuba Campaign is the official online fundraising effort of The Heart of Nuba film, a feature-length documentary about the staff at Mother of Mercy Hospital and the Nuba people. Funds raised through the Heart of Nuba Campaign go to supporting the amazing work being done everyday at the hospital. You can watch this short video to learn more:

Hospital Update

To date, 17 fundraisers and 9 fundraising teams have raised over $43,000 from 165 donors through their fundraising pages for the hospital. The funds you are raising through the campaign are sent to our partner the Take Heart Foundation, which exists to support Mother of Mercy Hospital. Great work!

Here's an update from Dr. Tom at the hospital: 

Dear Friends,

We are finally getting a good rain now so there is hope for a decent harvest.  People are really in bad shape now as this is the time of the 'hunger gap' - the period after last year's food has run out and before they harvest any of the new crop. 

Suffice it to say, without the support of  Take Heart Foundation and AMHF, the Mother of Mercy Hospital would not be open now.  These two groups are paying for the salaries of all the staff (230 plus people) and providing all of the scholarship fees for our 21 staff who are outside for professional training.  The needs will likely increase this upcoming year as other institutional donors have dropped out to take on other projects.  We have many plans for the future but can't do anything without financial support.  

Suffice it to say we are extremely grateful for all of your financial support along with prayer support so here’s a sincere thank you from the bush!

Blessings to all,

Dr. Tom (and Nasima)

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Mother of Mercy Hospital is the only medical facility for hundreds of thousands of people in the Nuba Mountains. Without this critical healthcare institution, people literally have nowhere else to go. The hospital's impact is truly incredible despite the obstacles faced here. In 2017 alone, the hospital saw 42,000 outpatients, admitted 5,000 inpatients, and performed 1,800 surgeries.

Here are three effective ways you can help support Dr. Tom and the incredible team at Mother of Mercy Hospital:

1. Start Fundraising. You can start a personal fundraising page for Mother of Mercy Hospital and ask your friends and family to give. This is the best way to support these classrooms and get your community involved as well. START FUNDRAISING »

2. Give Monthly. This is the easiest way to support the lifesaving work being done every day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Signing up takes less than a minute, and you'll be effortlessly provide consistent support moving forwards. LEARN MORE »

3. Give. If you're not ready to make a monthly giving or fundraising commitment yet, making a one-time donation to the hospital is the perfect next step for you. GIVE HERE »

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