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Jonglei launches fundraising for hospital


By Philip Thon Aleu

October 15, 2009 (BOR) – A proposal tabled here today by state authorities to raise funds for fencing of Bor Civil Hospital win a marvelous support in a public rally.

A minimum amount of 5 Sudanese Pounds (SDG) will be paid by a government casual worker as constitutional post holders contribute 500 SDG each. State ministry of finance is empowered to deduct the agreed amount prior to payment of this month salaries. Public and private institutions, business community, organized forces and companies are also entitled to varying contributions.

If it all goes as planned at least 50,000 SDG could be raised. Though the cost of materials is high from this figure but health authorities say “it is good to begin.”

Making the announcement in front of Governor’s office on Thursday, Deputy Gov. Hussein Mar Nyuot says the decision was reached by state government after weighing vulnerability of local people to health hazards and length of time taken expecting government funding.

Backing the plan, Gov. Kuol Manyang Juuk called on patriotic citizens to offer “like those who gave their lives fighting” decades of oppression in Sudan.

Conditions at Bor Civil Hospital became of concern to the state government soon after Medicines San Fortiers (MSF), or doctors without borders, pulled out last year. The public claim medical services deteriorated thereafter. When the MSF left, the hospital faced lack of doctors and the state rushed to build residents for health officers around the hospital to improve working conditions. But medication to patients never equates to building doctors’ houses either.


With a ready made flawing-fence surrounding the state referral health center, non-resistant to intruders including mentally ill persons and even beasts, security in the hospital is not guaranteed. On Wednesday, state top executive including the governor toured the hospital making Thursday announcement to generate money through public predictable.

The fundraising proposal announced by Deputy Gov. Mar regroups employees into ‘a pay-as-you-earn’ but has to undergo other changes in that a frog jumps according to its capacity.

Patients treated in unbearable environment are likely to be psychologically disturbed, Mr. Mar said to lobby for support of the proposed fundraising. With applause from cheering thousands of people attending the gathering, the government’s call to build a fence was supported. After the confirmation, Gov. Kuol Manyang pledged 1,500 SDG retainable by state ministry from this month salary. SPLA Commander of Division 8, Major General Peter Bol Koang, promised to pay 1,005 SDG. State ministers unanimously rose to 500 SDG from 200 SDG. Communication Companies like MTN, Zain, Gemtel, Vivacell and Sudani pay 200 SDG each. Head of organized forces, higher institutions of learning and hotels agreed to contribute 100 SDG each. Director Generals, churches, restaurants and petrol stations among others stand in solidarity to pay 50 SDG each. A private school pledged to pay 20 SDG. All shops’ owners will pay 10 SDG. Casual workers in all government institutions trail with 5 SDG.

A team to be led by state Secretariat General Prof. Arop Leek is entrusted to supervise the fundraising. The amount to be raised is unpredictable. But analysts suggest that 50,000 SDG (about US $21,000) could be raised based on the work force. It has not been established whether the amount will be substantial.

Agot Alier Leek, the state minister of health, told the Sudan Tribune that “if that amount (50,000 SDG) is collected, it’s a good beginning.” Mr. Alier estimated the cost of fencing – defending on the type of materials, between 80,000 – 100,000 SDG.

Gov. Kuol says: “We liberated ourselves from oppression and undemocratic rules from Khartoum. So, let us liberate ourselves from poverty, ignorance and diseases,” he stressed in reference to self reliance.

“Contribute that little money which I think is less than offering your live for the liberation of this land. Be committed like those who gave their lives fighting oppression.”

On security, Gov. Kuol says the tension is easing between Mundari and Bor but a Wednesday attack on state ministers’ convoy unset the math. Nobody was hurt in the attack the military blame on Mundari youths. The army guiding civilians vehicles on Juba – Bor road fouled when they thought ambush has ceased. Gov. Kuol says he will work together with his Central Equatoria counterpart Clement Wani Konga to established police posts in tense areas.


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  • 16 October 2009 03:37, by Sunlight

    Well done Jonglei, we need to rely on ourselves for our own welfare as responsible people of Southern Sudan.

    God bless you.

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    • 16 October 2009 03:40, by rumbekcity@eastlink.ca

      Execellent job from my home state Jonglei..the place where I was born..lol..there is nothing negative about this..but just wait until jealous people read it!!!!!!..

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      • 16 October 2009 04:10, by Detective M.C


        Detective M.C

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      • 16 October 2009 04:12, by black man world

        Fundraising is the way white man live in their home lands, the rich one pay alil higher and the poor one pay what they can afort. If we Southerner really want to devolope our home we can do it, how many SOUTHERN SUDANESE are in abroad? Start from AUS, US, CANADA, NURWAY, whole western world we are there, if is true that we are commited citizens and we really love our home land, it will take only an hour to build hospital. If in Juba or any were we want it in SOUTHERN SUDAN we can do it, but we are simply selfish and we claim talk too much on how we love our homeland, which is totally opposite. People on this web dont know that goverment is not cheap, goverment dont do all of the country every thing by it self, they get help from local business/organization. But our stupid people always comment here about our goverment is such and such. If i chose you today and be my president, not everyone will agree with you only those who are benefieding from you. All we need is improvement and support our goverment and they will see our support there they will work hard, but if we are here bla-bla-bla on this need with out doing your part, nothing will change.
        Thanks to Jongule Goverment for their work they are trying.

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        • 16 October 2009 04:33, by Son of Motherland South Sudan(No tribe better than other tribe)

          Culture of fundraizing is todays world way of addressing urgent matters. Keep on doing it to built schools, health centres and territorial roads that does not need huge capitals. If it was started since 2005 the whole South would have been somthing different by now. But please dont just built a temporary one, and a committee consists of at least 5 members must be formed. This is a start towards a new policy for development as such this first must be convincing to the funders whom are the ordinary people of Jonglei so that any future call for another project will get a positive response.

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    • 16 October 2009 04:08, by Kur

      We must all develop the spirit of Harambe to facilitate the development of our country, South Sudan. No one will come and build it for us, but only us.


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      • 16 October 2009 05:59, by Lawrence

        Fund raising is a sign of civilisation whether litle amount or large, the State government will top up to reach the target. I wish the State government sets a day apart for the exercise in order to boost the morale, am sure you will see pounds, dollars or shillings pouring from people`s pockets in thousands. You will also see cows being pletched. Keep-up Jonglei, a good spirit.

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      • 16 October 2009 06:02, by brave heart

        Bravo governor Kuol and your Duputy Mr Mar Nyuot, this is what is wanted out of you. we Jonglei citizens are always ready to work for our own destiny.
        Build one in Bor town hand in hand and build the other one in Akobo, Pibor , pochalla and where ever people of Jonglei had a need. this will automatically eliminate the hatred and make peace essential.
        peace out!!

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        • 16 October 2009 06:35, by Dengtaath

          There is nothing wrong to raise the money but please exclude the malitary personel

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        • 16 October 2009 06:49, by Moses Kur Akech

          It gives parents some hope when they see their baby commencing to sit independently. There is alot that this state can offer to itself only a matter of disarming armed nomadic youth to secure conducive environment where folks can harmonously perform their harambees ect without further chronic anxieties of possible tribal attacks.

          No doubt charity begins at home but let the governor and his colleagues be aware that security is what is needed most now. And the only way to curve insecurity is to simultaneously disarm largely armed junglei state including Mundari.

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    • 16 October 2009 06:48, by LodiongWani

      Anything new comes from Jonglei state! Governor Manyang must be a clever man.

      The money we beg from Western COuntries are raised through fundraising. This is what Jonglei state is doing.

      Many thanks to Jonglei people for welcoming this plan.

      I hope my governor can copy this.

      Wani, Juba.

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    • 16 October 2009 16:01, by Sala Gai

      Dear all Jonglei people

      Why are people living randomly without giving their plot living???????????????
      Since the coming of the SPLM what is the new Development done in the Area???????????????

      And how far are you going to start the development in the State.
      Your shame will be your failure to start little improvement for development.

      By Salah Gai de Mabioe

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    • 17 October 2009 00:23, by Aarai Baka

      Congrat Jonglei State. we pay 125 SD with my half brother who his mother from bor to supported fencing for hospital. this is a great job, there are ten of thousand Bor youth around the western world, they can fundraise lot of money to built hospital.

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  • 16 October 2009 07:40, by Jonglei Kuereng

    Good news for the ear to Hear

    We would like to see another fundraising to build Hospital in Pibor and Akobo in order not to be dependent on one hospital in the state. This is what white people do here in the west. The resort to public to raise money for basic services like hospital because the government does not have enough reseources. Please dig dip not on the ground but in your pocket. Thanks to those who pledeg their support especially Army General of Division 8 Peter Bol Kong and the rest. We here in the west can also join that fund raising by donating at least $10 if you want to help. We would the minister of finance to provide phone number or account number to deposite $10. It sound wired to others but it gonna help and our solidarity.


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    • 16 October 2009 09:46, by John K

      I became happy when I heard such a good news in my country because I dont know how long will UN do everythings for us. People in Africa and sudanese in particular have to remember that there is no person called UN, UN come to being as a result of contributions from people who like to help other in needs.So southern sudan as a brand new country can teach other Africans countries how to be independent by not to wait for somebody else to start developments. Some People in southern sudan are very rich to the extend that they can feed the whole of Africa for some months but why they are not helping poor people, it is because there no system of fundraising in the country. Even me myself I am willing to pay $500 per ayear if such system do exist. Finally thanks to the governor kuol manyang Juuk for his ideas and therefore he is the only governor in s.sudan who tried hard to bring developments and we should appreciate that.

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  • 16 October 2009 09:16, by kuony jima

    This is a perfect start and a new twist in pushing for development which has focus on the vulnerable people of the society. Thumb high for all the authorities in Jonglei in their Respective positions.A new OPD has been under construction in Bor hosiptal which will booster the delivery of health care services just from the mere little resources of the state but being properly utilise by the state authority for the love of its citizen. Bor to me is the cleanest and well organised City in the whole of the South. The rest should copy from there. When we are united in the name of development, many positive impacts follow and even the rampant insecurity issues in Jonglei will be history....Governor you have done a very good job. We have the rest of us pick from your adorable example.

    Bravo..Hospital Adm
    Bravo..Min of health
    Bravo..all in Bor

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    • 16 October 2009 10:17, by Michael Madit Magot

      Thanks to governor Kuol Manyang and his deputy hussein mar for bringing into duty the fundraising for hospital.
      What a wise move that people of Jonglei have decided to contribute some money for the hospital.

      That great thinking is what the leaders are meant to rally the public on importance issues.
      This program should be extended to those people living abroad like Australia, USA,Canada etc to help in the building of our state.
      Hospital is one of the basic human need that must be develop by all means possible.

      May God keep you well to take care of our state.

      Long Live Kuol Manyang de Juuk!

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  • 16 October 2009 10:58, by Deng Wel Deng

    The enthusiasm shown by these individuals is small step in the right direction.
    The ideas that serve the communities comes from few individuals.
    By putting this social amenity in place, is not just for treatment but also to change the minds of our people from the culture of violents to a culture of peace and prosperity.
    By the way Rome was not just build in a day and together we can make jonglei the most brilliant city in the world.

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  • 16 October 2009 13:15, by kingdom

    Harambee(fundraising)is the fundamental tool for building the nation,I urge our South Sudan leaders including our president to join the Jonglei government initiative and let’s change our country together from where it is, to a better place for living.Kenya our neighbour was developed through harambee,so may you keep up that Jonglei!!!

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    • 17 October 2009 04:16, by Jok 011

      Why is Gartwetch keeping quiet? What happen, don’t he want to support the right thing? Beside that, Jonglei people must do the best they can to help their people and it is a taste for them.

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