In 2005, Kimberly Smith Highland, Make Way Partners’ president, sat on the exposed roots of a mahogany tree at the cusp of the Sahara Desert with our first indigenous director James Lual Atak. Together, they dreamt of what life for homeless orphans terrorized by slave raiders, hyenas, starvation, and disease could one day be.
At the time, their hopes seemed too farfetched, ridiculous really. Who would even dream of running around a war-torn desert, building schools, clinics, churches, and homes? It had never been done before.
Nearly a decade later, Make Way Partners now has three strategic locations in its Sudan orphan-care network, providing complete care for 1,500 unadoptable orphans. As our orphans are growing in Christ, and learning much of what is possible in Him, they dare to dream even bigger dreams!
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We have invested these 12 years into raising an internal, transformational peace—sustainable peace from within—though education and holistic care to change the nations of Sudan and South Sudan, one orphan at a time. Phase II of this high school will build upon our unique and successful model of education in the midst of warzones and tribalism where we’ve maintained security and success for more than a decade. Through Phase II of our high school, we can ensure that our infrastructure is not thwarted, and educated leadership will continue to come from a sustainable source from WITHIN.
This Phase II may even be able to help us with our overflow of students from the more un-safe regions of Hope For South Sudan in Eastern Equitoria and Our Father’s Cleft in the Nuba Mountains, where we do not yet have high schools. Instead of sending just a select few of these students to high schools outside Sudan and South Sudan, we could potentially give more eighth-grade graduates the opportunity to attend high school at NLM. This resettling would also offer another excellent tool for these future leaders in cross-tribal relations and healing, which we have been practicing with great success for more than a decade.
NLM Phase II Proposal to read more!
Each of the three MWP indigenously-led orphan-care facilities features an on-site medical clinic through which we provide medical care to our orphans as well as to the surrounding communities. Currently our medical network serves an average of 45,000 patients per year.
We have recently received a generous grant to purchase a Sterile Surgical Unit for our FHL medical mission. With the ability to surgically perform emergency C-sections, repair fistulas from rape trauma, and provide relief from appendicitis and hernias, we will indeed save many lives in the surrounding communities. Our need now is to improve our infrastructure of clean water, latrines, security fencing, pharmaceutical supplies and a secure storage area, along with exam rooms and staff quarters. This Phase of FHL is $175,000.
This not only gives them a secure and sustainable diet, but everything was produced right on their land; decreasing HFSS dependency on corrupt importers and inflation, while also teaching our children about agriculture! We will even have enough to sell some in the local markets to help subsidize our orphanages, and all of this came from a trial run!
In total, we have planted 2,000 trees with plans for 20,000 to be planted in the next 10 years. Papayas and Mango trees have already begun to produce fruit and will produce more in years to come. During this trial run, one ton of peanuts and five hundred kilograms of sim sim were produced, which will make enough nutritious peanut butter to feed our children for an entire year. We reaped enough sorghum for four months. Lastly, we harvested one ton of Bambara nuts.
With such wonderful success, we plan to continue expanding this blossoming farm project, eventually providing enough food to feed our entire Orphan-Care Network throughout [North] and South Sudan.
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