Hi Renewal members!
Thank you for being a part of our monthly giving family in 2017! We wouldn't have been able to empower the Sudanese people without you and your incredible generosity. The students and teachers at the primary school we support in Yida Refugee Camp had their best and biggest year yet. Your giving helped Mother of Mercy Hospital, the only remaining hospital in the Nuba Mountains, continue saving lives throughout the year.
You made our final relief mission to Nuba refugees in need happen. And you helped us create our first travelling photography exhibit that introduced over 3,000 people to the crisis in Sudan for the first time.
2017 was a year of changing lives for the better in Sudan, and it was possible in large part because of your monthly giving. You can learn more about these results in our recap video for 2017:
Our combined monthly giving is truly leaving an impact in the lives of the Sudanese people. And we're only just getting started.
2018 is going to be a big year for the Sudanese people and our Renewal family. As a member of the Renewal, you will remain at the heart of how we empower the Sudanese people in this new year. Here's an early look at what is coming down the pipe.
Education In Yida
Our top priority in 2018 is making the primary school in Yida Refugee Camp 100% financially secure at it's current size through the Renewal family. Right now, there are 12 teachers and 930 students who count entirely on our fundraising every year at the school. If we come up short, they intimately feel the negative results of it.
As I mentioned above, this special school had a successful year that exceeded our hopes and expectations. From high student grades to being celebrated by the Nuba community in Yida, this primary school is truly an amazing place. It needs to be fully supported moving forwards so that more students can continue advancing. The school is also run and led entirely by the Nuba themselves.
But fully sustaining the primary school also fits into the bigger picture. Our Nuba education partner is in the early stages of planning the first high school in Yida Refugee Camp. By securing sustainable funding for the primary school by growing our Renewal family, our staff will be freed up to begin pursuing funding for the high school!
Thousands of children in Yida Refugee Camp still have no school to attend at all. Together, we can continue changing that.
Mother of Mercy Hospital
Since 2016, our organization has been the fundraising parter of the Heart of Nuba film, a documentary that tells the story of American Dr. Tom Catena and Mother of Mercy Hospital. This medical facility is the last remaining hospital in the Nuba Mountains. It has only 400 beds for a population of roughly one million people. To make matters worse, Dr. Tom and the Sudanese staff operate underneath the shadows of government warplanes.
As Dr. Tom noted in his last update just a few weeks ago, the hospital continues to face a financial crisis amidst being overwhelmed almost daily. And the needs will only continue to grow this year.
Moving into 2018, we are making growing the Renewal family to better support the team at Mother of Mercy Hospital a priority. One of our new Board positions focuses exclusively on bringing more support to the hospital, and we'll be hosting more screenings of the Heart of Nuba film to continue growing the Renewal family and recruiting more fundraisers for the Heart of Nuba Campaign.
With your support in 2017, we created our first travelling photography installation that immerses viewers into what life is like in Yida Refugee Camp. This unique storytelling project only had a few showings last year, but the results exceeded our expecations. Over 3,000 people came to see the Yida Photography Exhibit at the four showings we had in Memphis last year, and the exhibit has raised over $20,000 for the programs we support already!
In 2018, attendees to exhibit showings will have the option of being able to join The Renewal at the end of the experience. We're currently in the process of nailing down showing dates for 2018 in the Greater Memphis area.
And don't forget, 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.
2018 is going to be the most important year yet, both for the Sudanese people and our organization.
Despite concerning international developments with regards to Sudan, including the lifting of U.S. sanctions on the genocidal Bashir regime, our organization's view remains the same: the winds of positive change continue blowing throughout the country. The Bashir regime's days are numbered and, more importantly, every single day Sudanese are standing up to this oppressive dictatorship in increasingly bold and creative ways.
Our job is to prepare the Sudanese for the day that peace finally comes and the window of opportunity for permanent change opens. That means we must continue telling the story of Sudan in new and creative ways and financially supporting programs, people, and places that are already changing and saving lives. As a member of the Renewal family, you are at the center of making this happen.
These are just a few of the top priorities we have this year and they are ones we are determined to meet. If we succeed, the Sudanese people stand to benefit greatly from our combined efforts, and the needle of change will inch a little closer to the tipping point. Thank you again for standing with the Sudanese people in 2017. Here is how you can be even more impactful in 2018:
2018 is going to be a big year for the Sudanese people and our Renewal family. Your consistent generosity will remain at the heart of how we empower the Sudanese people in this new year. Here are a few ways you can increase your own impact and grow our family in 2018:
1. Come To Our Appreciation Event, Bring A Friend. On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00AM we are having a small event at our office in Memphis just for you! We'll have Sudanese food (yum!) and be available to answer questions you have about our work, your involvement, and issues in Sudan. We also want you to bring a friend or two who you think would be interested in learning more about us and joining The Renewal. RSVP HERE »
2. Increase Your Monthly Gift. Did you know that if we all increased our monthly gift by just $5 this year, that provide more than an additional $3,000 a year to our programs? It would! To put that into perspective, that would mean an additional 3 teachers would be fully supported at the primary school in Yida Refugee Camp. Amazing!
If you would like to increase your monthly gift by $5, just shoot Audrey a quick message at atetzeli [at] operationbrokensilence [dot] org and she'll get the ball rolling for you.
3. Become A Fundraiser. If you're not in a position to give a little bit more this year, that's okay! Another way to increase your impact in 2018 is to start a fundraising page and raise $250 for one of our programs. Most of our fundraisers reach this goal in under 30 minutes. It is a fast and easy way to increase your impact. START FUNDRAISING »
Thanks again for standing with the people of Sudan in 2017 and continuing on this journey with us in 2018. We hope you'll take one of the above actions so we can impact even more lives in Sudan this year.
About Mark Hackett
Mark began working on Sudan issues in 2007 after an eye-opening conversation with a genocide survivor from Darfur, Sudan. Since 2011 he has overseen the steady growth of our organization. His work and story has been featured by over 100 news, media, education, and non-profit organizations.
Mark serves as our Executive Director. He makes sure the programs we support stay on the rails and that our movement remains focused on our end goal of closing our doors one day. He’s one of only a few Americans to have visited frontline areas in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during the war.