The conflict that started last December in South Sudan created an all too familiar situation. Just as Jok Dau and Bol Aweng fled their village in 1987, their families fled the village again to avoid being killed by armed rebels. Two months later Bol learned that his family had survived and were living in the swampy area near the Nile River. They had no shelter or sanitation, little food, and no medical care, similar to when he walked 600 miles to Ethiopia. They were surviving on the fish they could catch and on the roots of the lily pads made into an edible paste. In February, we learned that the Buckeye Health Clinic had not been damaged or looted by the rebels, like other health facilities, but was running low on medicine and supplies. Because most people had left the village, staff were vaccinating children and treating those with malaria, and those who were becoming sick from drinking the river water as an outreach program to locations where people were hiding. No international aide was reaching the area.
It was quickly determined that the most critical need was food. Therefore the Buckeye Health Clinic focused its fundraising efforts on food deliveries. Over $16,000 was raised through July, and almost 18,000 pounds of food (sorghum, beans, cooking oil, salt, and sugar) and mosquito nets have been delivered to Piol. Over 300 families (approximately 1,500 people) have been served. (see the photos and video of the first two distributions of the food in Piol). 100% of the funds received have been used for purchase and delivery of food. There are no administrative costs. The last shipment needed to go by boat because the roads were impassable. The availability of food encouraged many families to return to their family compounds, and plant their crops before the rainy season. This will help avoid the famine that the United Nations is predicting for over three million people in South Sudan.
The Buckeye Health Clinic plans to continue to deliver food in the coming months, but we need your help. Help us raise $20,000 in the next to months by clicking on Donate Now, or by sending a check to Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church/South Sudan Clinic, 4343 Dublin Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.
May, 2013: Jok and Steve with Chiefs after the meeting under the trees
May, 2013: Jok and the Buckeye Clinic staff
In South Sudan, one in five children do not live to age five. Help us change that.
Children are now being vaccinated at the Buckeye Clinic
Maternal and Child Health Unit Construction Completed
January, 2010: Chief Aweng Deng received a Buckeye necklace and later named the Maternal and Child Health Clinic the Buckeye Clinic
Welcome to the website dedicated to the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan. Please feel free to take a look around: view pictures of the newly constructed building, learn about the medical needs in the village, and see how you can help Jok and Bol improve medical services in their village.
Jok Dau and Bol Aweng, two Lost Boys of Sudan, fled their village as six-year-olds, in 1987 when it was attacked, bombed and burned by government troops.Â While walking 1,500 miles to Ethiopia and then to Kenya, they survived attacks by government troops and wild animals, illness and starvation. They spent fourteen years in refugee camps, then were resettled as refugees in Nashville, TN in 2001. They moved to Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009. They have a goal of improving maternal and child health in Piol, their village in South Sudan.
Gifts from generous people like you will make a significant impact on the lives of people in the Piol village. The need for medical equipment and supplies is urgent. In the initial site visit in February 2010, one chief said â€œIf you can help bring us health services, we will wait for God to bring us foodâ€. Your donation will provide maternal and child health services and hope to the impoverished village of Piol, South Sudan.
Gifts from generous people like you will make a significant impact on the lives of people in the Piol village. The need for medical equipment and supplies is urgent. Your donation will provide maternal and child health services and hope to the impoverished village of Piol, South Sudan. Click here to see how your donation can help