S4J is getting READY for 2020!

Yes, it is that time of the year that we get cracking again with the preparation for the 2020 Comrades. It’s such an exciting time for us as we search high and low for athletes to join our cause.

We are looking at subscribing again this year approx. 100 athlete’s that have a heart for people and who want to make a difference in their lives. We have four projects which we fund and manage at the moment in the Sudan’s:

  • Water Project – in partnership with International Aid Services (IAS) in Stockholm, Sweden, to drill boreholes in the Sudan’s.
  • Bible Project – in partnership with the Bibles for Africa to spread the word of God in Sudan 
  • Children’s Project – Initiative to supply educational equipment to the children in the Nuba Mountains. An Operation Mobilization partnership. 
  • Beja People’s Project – Supply funding for medical procedures for the women and children of the Beja peoples in the Aswan region.

So, are you that person? Do you want to change the world one race at a time? Then give us a call on 071 4622 663 or write to us at eddie@sudansupport.org. We would love to hear from you.

A throwback to some of last year’s crowd just before the Comrades

We have so much to offer this year. We are looking forward to also share our new Barika Coffee initiative with you. This initiative fits perfectly in with our S4J athlete’s fundraiser as the funding is used in the same way.

Aren’t they just beautiful?

We are looking so forward to experiencing this year with you!!!

Regards, Eddie

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Our Coffee is Here!

SSNET and S4J are proud to announce the launch of our very own Barika Coffee brand to further augment our fundraising efforts and help the people of Sudan and South Sudan. A God-inspired idea to further His Kingdom on earth.

Why a Story?

Barika, which means “blessing” in Arabic, represents quite simply, the freshest African coffee on the planet. Only the highest quality coffee beans are sourced, grown and harvested in rich African soil.
 
By specializing in direct trade with African coffee farmers, we help to build trade relationships with these communities. We are able to actively see how purchases of Barika Coffee are directly benefiting the source. Together with this the S4J fundraising initiative further assists the people of this region with our ongoing projects namely the Water, Children’s, Beja People’s and Bible Projects. In short; Every cup of Barika Coffee you enjoy, you will be giving a helping had to the people of Sudan and South Sudan!

How to order?

Call (012) 460 7877

We have 1kg and 250g packets available in Ground and Whole Bean

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The Water for the Sudan’s Project

More than half the population of Sudan does not have access to clean water.
In many villages young children are walking kilometres each day to fetch water in jerry cans. Many have only one meal a day, because the rest of the day is taken up by fetching water.
SSNET has partnered with International Aid Services (IAS) to provide
clean water to the people of the Sudans. SSNET funds specific water projects within the borders of the Sudans.
Annual visits to the Sudans and the specific projects, by the members and
partners of SSNET, ensure accurate feedback to our supporters and funders.

On a visit to the village of Nimule in September 2018 where SSNET funded
the drilling of a borehole, the wife of the village chief remarked:

“We used to carry water from the town to our village on our heads in buckets. Because of this labour our hair at the top our heads stopped growing. Now that we have this borehole we do not have to carry on our heads anymore so the hair will grow back. Thank you for allowing us to be beautiful again.”

IAS (International Aid Services) began its work in Sudan in 2002 with a vision to help the most vulnerable and needy.With drilling rigs in four rural states (Red Sea, South Kordofan, West Darfur, and South Darfur) and years of experience in well drilling, IAS is recognized as one of the leading organizations drilling new boreholes in the Sudans. In 2015 IAS drilled 27 new boreholes, in addition to rehabilitating 42 existing boreholes and constructing 7 mini water yards. Today, thousands of Sudanese have cleaner, more reliable supply of water because of this work.

Without real changes in hygiene practices, clean water alone will not be enough to change the high rates of diarrhea and waterborne disease in many rural communities. As IAS drill new boreholes and rehabilitate broken ones, they go further to work together with these communities to educate them on fundamental hygiene issues and promote changes which will bring long-term improvement to their health and wellness.

 

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The Beja People’s Project

What urged a former Mrs. World to travel to the ends of the earth to get involved with the Beja people? Manda Gomes, S4J athlete and former Mrs. World Universal 2013, did just that by traveling with a team from South Africa. Her mission was to, as part of the S4J, connect with Beja people where they live in North East Africa.

Who are the Beja peoples?

The Beja is a group of traditionally nomadic shepherds who live scattered across the desert regions of Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea. The Beja are an important people group and represent the largest non-Arabic ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. They are an assertive people with small, strong, wiry frames, long noses, and oval faces.

How are we involved with them?

The focus of SSNET among the Beja people is to bring hope and relief in practical ways. We do this through the people who live and work among the Beja. This help is given in various forms like addressing critical medical and educational needs. More specifically, eye surgery and learning resources.

How did decide how to be involved?

A team from South Africa visited Egypt in February 2019. Through a journey of discovery, the group was lead to decide on supporting eye surgeries and education among the Beja people. A first donation was made towards this during the visit to Egypt.

Our involvement with the Beja people stretches over many years. As a fundraiser, this is the baby among the four S4J projects. Although in its first year of inception, as a fundraising project this group is in the lead for quite a number of months now.

Norman Johnson

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S4J Wally Hayward Water table

S4J was on their post again at the Wally Hayward Marathon. It was a day filled with fun and fellowship. Once again a big THANK YOU to the girls from St. Mary’s DSG and the Polsslag Voortrekker Commando. Without you we would not have been able to make this work.

For the first time we had lots of little souls running around and making the point a very lively and more than usually busy place

And then there were those that could just not wait to serve the potatoes…

All told it was a day that the Lord blessed tremendously. We were so glad to be part of it.

Next up……… COMRADES!!!!!

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