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Jonglei community raise funds for development projects


June 30, 2013 (BOR) - A fundraising event in Bor, the capital of Jonglei, has raised 84,000 South Sudan pounds for development projects including maintenance of waterways in South Sudan’s troubled eastern state.

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Bor town mayor, Nhial Majak, showing the money collected for development projects in the Jonglei capital, June 29, 2013 (ST)

Hundreds of people attended the event, which was organised by Bor town’s mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial.

Those who attended donated 20,090 SSP and $200 in cash, with a further 64,550 SSP pledged by government officials and businessmen.

According to mayor Nhial the total collection was 84,640 SSP (around $21,700) which will go towards clearing blocked waterways, maintaining roads and building culverts to help drainage. Such fundraising efforts in South Sudan are known harambee - the Swahili word for fundraising.

Jonglei’s deputy governor, Hussein Maar, urged the community not to block waterways in the town as it becomes stagnant creating an environment mosquitoes thrive in. This in turn increases the spread of Malaria and prevents water from reaching rivers.

Maar asked all Jonglei’s residents including children and foreign nationals to contribute to Bor’s development and cleanliness.

To residents who did not donate for the development fund, he asked why they had 5 SSP to spend on alcoholic drinks but could not spare any money for projects to help the community.

This one of the several fundraising forums that have been held in Bor for development purposes.

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Money donated at the fundraising event in Bor (ST)

Two years ago, a bigger harambee was held raising 300,000 SSP to contribute to the construction of an outpatients department and renovate the oldest wards at Bor hospital.

Since last year South Sudan’s government has imposed severe economic austerity measures following its decision to halt exporting oil through neighbouring Sudan over a transit fee dispute. Before the shutdown 98% of South Sudan’s income was through oil revenues.


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  • 1 July 2013 06:58, by Zecharia Malong

    Bravo, Mayor Nhial,you have a real plan to develop Bor for good work you ever done. keep it up so that your pple will avoid some diseases which are contracted from stagnant water.
    I really appreciate your past work of constructing OPD and renovation of surgical,emergency and general wards. Thank you for work done towards the development.

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    • 1 July 2013 11:22, by Dau-network

      Congratulation Australian-South Sudanese mayor Nhial Majak.
      We need fresh ideas from people who gained acknowledge and environment experience in various developmented countries.Nhial was working in Melbourne for city’s council,so we have hope in him to do more.all our former/current commanders tried to work but no proper skills but they tried their best.

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      • 1 July 2013 12:03, by Dau-network

        More congratulation. My advices to all graduated in diaspora, don’t come back to South Sudan without at least 2-5years working experience otherwise you would bring home EMPTY as "Dr Garang used to said "that theory without practical "is an EMPTY and PRACTICAL WITHOUT THEORY is a"BLIND"
        If you come back to us for training in S Sudan then you and me will failed into a dump bins instead of fabulous changes we been hoping from diaspora S Sudanese. We SPLM/SPLA staff had done our parts for 30 years but full change is upto skillful youths to accomplished as" Gier Chuong said 2004 that I and people above my age can destroy Kampala in 2 days but could take them 100 years to rebuild it due to NON-skillful officials.
        Well done Jonglei government staff and business guys for your contributions toward development.

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  • 1 July 2013 07:28, by KUR AYUAIREEECH

    Thanks to every one who contributed this money for bortown,s development. It,s always good if this money is used in a right way it was meant for to avoid doubt and suspicion from public.if it,s used correctly, they public will contribute more.

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  • 1 July 2013 07:58, by truth to be told in SS

    Bravo bortown Mayor Nhial,
    Within two months in office, Nhial Majak has demonstrated what a true leadership look like. He developed and renovate Bor civil hospital thru donation despite the lack of funds from the central government in Juba. Now, he is cleaning the water system. This is how leadership and changes look like. You make Jesh el Meer very proud and look good in the eye of the public.

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  • 1 July 2013 08:09, by truth to be told in SS

    South Sudan needs only young and brighter people to bring development otherwise, the old war mongering folks will lead us down the drain. The older generation needed to be retired now otherwise, South Sudan will have it clock stuck 50 years behind. Anyway, brother Nhial keeps up the good work. Your action has spoken louder than words. Action= progresss.
    Talking = laziness and corruption.

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    • 1 July 2013 15:51, by Matualngar

      You made a nice point, mentioning that we need young and brighter people. The only word I would take out from there is "ONLY". We also need elders people to help us through the development processes. The only thing we need from them is give us more chances and more powers in decision making. To our brother Nhial Maker, that is what we want to see happening in our own town.

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  • 1 July 2013 08:42, by John The President

    Yes the youth have the potential to develop this country, it’s not always the foreign aid that can makes us prosper, our precious things are alive and therefore needs brilliant young men to explore all the avenues to develop.I argue the youth to take over the responsibility in all 10 state in the up-coming election.

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  • 1 July 2013 09:43, by Deng Chol Malual

    Thank you Nhial Majak, delivering the needed services to people with transparency is the one avenue where South Sudan will come out from the list of fail states.

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  • 1 July 2013 10:43, by Marco Bul

    I used to say Z these old folks of ours have brain farts.They R only rewarding ’emselves.We need fresh leaders without traditional marks!!

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  • 1 July 2013 16:04, by munene

    thx alot mr mayor, am very happy only with jonglei state gov,t compare to the other state who discriminate at all time. however do not try to use another way of doing corruption like people say that there are many ways of killing rats
    fundrising should not be use to support corrption pliz
    you need to have pity for our people just to improve their basic standard of living, thx 4ur work

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