Sadly, conflict is tearing the world’s newest nation apart. Many women and children have had to flee violence and the loss of their homes. In response, MAI has given help to several different groups who are active in bringing practical care to these people known as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
MAI has given $1,000 to the Episcopal Church of Sudan (Anglican) for their work with IDPs in Yei, Central Equatoria. They told us that their funds had run out but that our timely intervention meant that they were able to buy enough maize flour and oil to feed the IDPs for one month!
MAI donated $650 to the Catholic St Bakhita Health Clinic for medications in their care of the IDPs and a further $1,650 for psychiatric medications to support their work with mental health patients. Many people have mental conditions as a result of the many years of war in South Sudan. Dr John Gilbert, one of MAI’s medical Board members, has been deeply impressed by the quality of St Bakhita Clinic work with psychiatric patients. MAI’s grant has provided 27% of their annual psychiatric medication budget which they told us they were struggling to raise.
MAI has donated £5,000 to the building of a second Children’s ward within Martha Clinic in Yei. The previous children’s ward had become overcrowded as its popularity was ever increasing. MAI’s grant was the final amount required to commence building work which will add 18 paediatric beds.