Many were surprised to learn that their friends’ family back in Africa doesn’t have clean water to drink. But we noticed that as Arlington grows more diverse, several of those who stopped by could identify personally with our project; they had the same situation in their homeland. Our donation jar filled up nicely, and many took our cards and bookmarks to learn more about the program.
Of course, the kids had to do Town Day, too: some bouncy house, some face painting, some fried dough and kettle corn. It was a great day to raise awareness from town to village and back again.
We had a wonderful time at the fundraiser organized by Trinity Baptist Church for Malual-Chum Project. There were so many highlights, including the traditional South Sudanese dancing headed up by our project manager Abuk Madut. That’s Abuk in the center of these photos.
Regina Ringador was the center-stage dancer in this segment:
And thanks to drummer Mayuen Angara:
for The Malual-Chum Village
Traditional African Music
Paul White Music
Paul White has performed throughout the US and internationally as a recitalist, with his jazz trio, Paul White & Company and with music legends Nina Simone, Bill Gaither, Billy Preston, and Rev. James Cleveland.
And A Special Guest Choir
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
Trinity Baptist Church
115 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-643-4771 – trinitybaptistarlington.org
All WELCOME! REFRESHMENTS! FREEWILL OFFERING & PLEDGES RECEIVED
Mention guinea worm to our Malual-Chum program directors, and they shudder. Both have scars from where long, white worms have emerged with a pain like fire. Both have relatives who are still infected with guinea worms to this day. The larva lives in dirty drinking water. A year after drinking infested water, a blister forms on the body, and the worm comes slowly out. The only relief is to place the effected body part in water; when that happens, drinking water is infected again. There’s no vaccine or medicine that will kill guinea worm. The only solution is to stop the worm from re-infecting people.
South Sudan is one of the few places left on earth where the guinea worm still causes pain and suffering. The impact on economic growth, education, and infant health is significant; when you are incapacitated for a month or more because worms are burnng their way out of your body, you can’t really farm or go to school or take care of a baby.
The Carter Center has been doing fantastic work in eliminating guinea worm around the globe. In a fascinating walk at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Donald Hopkins, the Carter Center’s vice-president for health programs, showed where guinea worm remains: in South Sudan, mainly in Eastern Equatoria and Warrap States. The Carter Center has deployed thousands of volunteers in its years of working in South Sudan, and hopes to reach all of Warrap State soon. This video (which is graphic) shows the problem and the Carter Center’s work.
No health-care workers have come to Malual-Chum to talk about how to fight the scourge of guinea worm. But they may not have to. Dr. Brown pointed out that the best, long-range solution to eliminating guinea worm is clean drinking water from a well. With a well in Malual-Chum, no insects will be dancing on the water with their load of suffering. We can stop guinea worm ourselves in this remote part of South Sudan.
We offer adult sizes L-XS (the tag says Youth Large, but our supplier assures us that Youth Large and Adult Extra-Small are the same size).
If you’ve never used EBay, it’s easy. Our shirts are in the “buy-it-now” category, so it’s very much like shopping on-line at other web sites. EBay takes Paypal. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account; you can enter your credit- or debit-card information there. We’re offering free shipping and Priority Mail shipping.
Our shirts were designed by Manyang ‘s almost-teenage daughter and printed by the good folks at Rocket Science Screen Printing.All the proceeds from our EBay sales will go to Malual-Chum project. With a T-shirt sale your support will go even further when people ask you about how to provide clean water in South Sudan.
Folks who know Manyang as a favorite Trader Joe’s crew member stopped by, as did parents and friends of the kids, who are active in school, church, and town recreation activities. The kids were an important part of the preparation: Manyang’s older son and younger daughters worked on our display board, and his oldest daughter helped design our new T-shirts (wonderfully printed by Rocket Science Screen Printing). At the event, crowds flocked over when Manyang was holding the baby!
We more than met our goals of raising money and awareness about Village Help for South Sudan’s newest project. Manyang and Abuk gained confidence, too, in making a presentation about their village’s need for clean water. Feel free to use our contact page if you’d like them to speak to your group.