17 February 2012

Together for Sudan TFS

This is a brief profile for Together for Sudan which is a Registered UK Charity.  It is my aim to inform the readers of this blog about this very worthwhile cause.  I have obtained prior permission to use copyright protected text and photographs from the Together for Sudan website for the purpose of this blog post.

Together for Sudan the Bishop Mubarak Fund - UK Charity No 1075852
Copyright protected photograph courtesy of the Together for Sudan website 

“Building Peace through Service”

We strive to unite Sudanese of different ethnic and religious backgrounds in community service for the promotion of community reconciliation.

Power to the Powerless through Education
TFS aims to secure a better future for disadvantaged Sudanese women and children by providing educational support without religious or ethnic discrimination.

Sudan is the largest country in Africa. After more than 20 years of conflict two million Sudanese have died and four million have been displaced. Despite a peace agreement in 2005, ethnic conflict, environmental degradation and widespread human suffering continue. Many displaced persons cannot return to their homelands. The living conditions of hundreds of thousands of marginalised people in the shanty towns around Khartoum and other Sudanese cities, including thousands recently displaced from Darfur, remain inhumane and degrading. Together for Sudan began its work in response to the needs and requests of displaced and marginalised people who live in poverty in squatter settlements. Together for Sudan takes its lead from what displaced and marginalised people say they need and seeks to help those whose lives have been shattered by war anddisplacement prepare for a better future through education. Equally important, TFS is committed to ethnic, religious and social reconciliation through shared community service. Our donors, patrons, employees and volunteers include Muslims and Christians.

TfS believes in
Education as human right
The empowerment of women for a better future
Response to what marginalised people, women in particular, say they need
Respect for people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds
Personal and community empowerment through service
Promotion of volunteerism
Provision of basic medical and other support to foster education
Combating HIV/AIDS through education

Target Groups
Marginalised, displaced and illiterate Sudanese women
Marginalised and displaced young women seeking university education in Sudan
Children from destitute or displaced families
Communities with no affordable medical resources
Teachers in self-help basic schools
Community organisantions in settlements for displaced persons
People living with HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS orphans

TFS will work where allowed in Sudan and expands its projects and geographical reach as funding and management permit. Any project or programme which educates or supports the education of Sudanese women and children living in Sudan is within our scope including technical, vocational, medical and paramedical training. Male children may benefit from Together for Sudan but adult male education is outside the TFS mandate, as are theological education and education outside Sudan.

Together for Sudan Projects
Women's literacy classes
University scholarships in Sudan; Hostel accommodation for needy university students
Educational scholarships for orphans whose families are afflicted by HIV/AIDS
Solar lighting panels for literacy classes, community centres and clinics
Crucial medical care, in particular for women and children, through the Eye Care Outreach projects
HIV/AIDS community awareness outreach; support to people living with HIV/AIDS
Teacher training and support programmes; Paying for teachers' salaries in self-help schools for displaced children.  TFS monitors progress carefully.

Women’s literacy classes now at 40 sites in Khartoum, the Nuba Mountains and setting up in Darfur
Graduation of more than 2,250 women from literacy classes
Enrolment of nearly 300 TFS students in Sudan universities
Graduation of well over 200 TFS women scholars from Sudan universities by 2012
Payment of basic and kindergarten teachers’ salaries in 32 self-help schools
150 educational scholarships for AIDS orphans
Hostel for university scholars
Installation of nearly 30 solar lighting panels in support of education
Examination of 3,000 individuals yearly by the Eye Care Project which also provides free reading glasses, medicines and eye surgery
Provision of basic medicines to communities with no other access to health services
Unique HIV/AIDS Awareness project which reaches over 15,000 people each year in the Khartoum vicinity


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