The tents that we originally purchased for our clinic in the camp have been replaced by a wonderful new ward building thanks to your support and a generous grant from the United Methodist Church. At the opening of the new ward building on July 11, 2023, South Sudanese leaders expressed thanks to the Buckeye Clinic and its supporters for the new structure:
Luois Garang Apiu, the camp chairman, stated, “Imagine: 41,000 inhabitants of this camp are only relying on this clinic alone.” Gabriel Juach, the local civil administrator, said “Today we are opening this ward which is supported by the Buckeye Clinic … the only health facility supporting this population. We really appreciate the donors who are supporting the Buckeye Clinic and the Board of Directors managing this project. We are standing with you. You have done your part and God will do the rest.”
The UMC Global Ministries grant also funded the construction of a borehole (well) that is providing clean drinking water for the facility and neighboring inhabitants. And in July Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provided F100 milk to malnourished children at the IDP camp and nearby communities. This includes recent refugees in the camp displaced by the war in Sudan.
Our clinic in the camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) is busier than ever. We are seeing around 90 patients every day: treating malaria in children and adults, providing immunizations, delivering babies, and responding to every kind of medical emergency, from jackal and snake bites to motorcycle accidents and cholera.
Now, we have a request. Our clinic is overflowing and our staff are overwhelmed. We want to hire two new staff members to help with the work load, particularly with childhood immunizations. Virtually every dollar we raise goes straight to South Sudan to pay our staff and purchase medications. Our budget is already stretched. Will you consider a gift to allow us to hire a vaccinator and a lab tech? Please click on the “donate” button below or send a check to the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan, P.O. BOX 21794, Columbus, Ohio 43220.
As we say in Dinka, “yin cha leech aretec” – thank you!
Bol Aweng, President
on behalf of the entire board of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan
Supported by our donors and
We invite you to share this newsletter and our website with friends and community members who may be interested in the Buckeye Clinic. Would your school group, church, or other organization be interested in learning more about our commitment to provide health care to the people of Bol and Jok’s home village—and our extended mission to treat all persons in the Mongalla IDP Camp? Our co-founder Bol Aweng speaks frequently to schools, churches and other groups, and his book and art tell the story of his journey. See: https://buckeyeclinic.org/school-visits/