Nutrition Village

Young mother

At the Nutrition Village SIM and Sudanese staff treat moderate to severely malnourished children, most of who begin as patients at the nearby SIM clinic and are referred for extra help. Most are malnourished due to illness, not lack of food, although a few are deficient in protein because of high carb diets. The two most common illnesses are malaria, which curbs appetite, and diarrhea, which causes loss of nutrients.  Only the most severe cases are admitted for inpatient treatment and the numbers are limited to 10-14 children at a time, whereas in outpatient care there are upwards of 60. In the last 4 years Nutrition Village ministry has saved the lives of 1200 toddlers who were staring death in the face.

Nyajima sipping on her Plumpy Nut

Plumpy Nut is a staple at the Village and is given to all children, whether during inpatient care or to take home. This 500 calorie concoction is a peanut base with milk powder, oil, sugar, vitamins and iron, giving kids additional nutrition and much needed protein once physically able to ingest it. A blend of corn and soy flour with sugar and oil is given to malnourished pregnant or nursing mothers, ensuring their babies get enough nutrients and milk.

Staff members educate mothers on essential health issues. Lessons include important topics such as:

  1. Getting medical help early on
  2. Overall cleanliness to keep germs from spreading
  3. Breast feeding until age 2 boosting immune systems against disease
  4. Small, frequent meals rather than big meals common to Sudanese culture
  5. Good nutrition and eating a balanced diet, although it is more expensive to buy meat or beans

Clean Water Project

Villagers pumping water in Doro.

Currently in the Upper Nile Region of South Sudan 65% of people do not have access to clean drinking water. SIM’s clean water project seeks to provide access to clean water for many South Sudanese villages, by digging wells, drilling boreholes, providing water filtration and purification facilities, and through water sanitation training.

In Mabaan County, where thousands of refugees now reside, the critical need for this vital resource has become magnified. The threat of cholera and other diseases, especially during rainy season, has put increasing pressure to dig more boreholes.

Villagers wait for hours to fill their jerry cans with water.

Children wait for clean water.

SIM’s Water Project has successfully dug 3 new boreholes since the refugees started arriving, providing alternative water sources for the growing population. Community involvement in the water project through consultation and volunteer labor ensures ownership by the village from its inception.

Snippets of Life

We want to give you snapshots of life and ministry in Doro, South Sudan. By now I hope that you have read my take on some of the various aspects associated with village living. If not check these out:

Plastic Chairs and Tents

Plastic Chairs cont…

Toilets

Prequel

Epic Canoe Camping

SIM’s ministry in Doro focuses on healthcare, clean water, education, evangelism and discipleship. We are highlighting these programs to give you a better understanding of the ministries our team is involved in. Check out the links below.

Take a look at the video below for a brief history of SIM in Southern Sudan and first hand accounts from Sudanese who have participated in services offered.

What I’ve Got

Is what I’ll give.

A woman came to our missions table to speak with us. Pulling me aside she told me a bit about her life, took a prayer card and left.

In just a few minutes she came back with a shopping bag. Inside was a shirt.

“A shirt?” – Not exactly what I was expecting!

God moved her to give an offering from what she had. Humbled at her thoughtfulness, I wear it knowing she cheerfully gave to the Lord from the depths of her heart.

God tells us to “let each one give as he purposes in his heart” and that He “loves a cheerful giver”.

The poor widow gave her “two mites”. Lydia and her husband opened up their home to Paul. The believers in Acts sold their possessions and goods, dividing them among any who had need.

We receive a salary supplied by God’s people. As part of their offering to Him they give each month so we can continue to live and work in a foreign land ministering to the people there.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, for being cheerful givers!

Epic Canoe Camping

This might have been my most hard-core camping trip yet but I totally nailed it! I can use a squatty, bathe in a lake, canoe in gale force winds till my arms fall off, eat instant potato pancakes and sleep on rocky terrain in a tent as good as the rest of ‘em! Not to mention I stayed super calm in the face of chipmunk attacks.

And for the record I DID see a wolf print.

It was beautiful. All of it. One morning the lake was like glass. The next, it was windy and rough. God displayed beautiful sunrises, sunsets and a big, bright, blue moon. He showed us chipmunks, squirrels, fish, loons, gulls, a bald eagle and a moose momma with her calf!

He calmly affirmed that I am indeed capable of living in South Sudan when I rely on Him; even if we live in a tent, with no running water or electricity with snakes, scorpions and bugs of all kinds. He is my rock, my strength, my fortress.