August has been a busy month for us here. Thankfully the rains have helped as we begin to harvest our groundnuts, it goes some way to help alleviate the hunger but we are not over the hunger period yet.
Currently we are seeing over thirty new cases a day of malaria into the clinic, sadly many are young children. There is still no clear update on the situation with Coronavirus in the state though our local hospital hopes to become a testing centre.
As we begin the month of July we do so with a sense of hope, though life hasn’t been easy here in Rumbek. We have seen an increase in clan fights and revenge attacks, an increase in malaria, rains have been late and people are still struggling to plant and then there is coronavirus.
The journey of Coronavirus is becoming very real for us. In our capital of Juba many of our top political leaders have confirmed they are positive for Coronavirus. A number of confirmed cases are now present in our town.
South Sudan is just beginning to register the reality of the virus as more cases are being reported from the capital city. Our schools are closed for 5 weeks and already we are sadly hearing stories of students being forced into marriage.
Pope Francis Delivers Special Prayer For End To Coronavirus Pandemic
Like the rest of the world our programme has dramatically changed in the past few days. We began the month with celebrations as we welcomed the great results for our graduates but the news of the Coronavirus began to spread fast.
We are delighted to circulate the February 2020 edition of the IBVM Archives Newsletter, carefully curated by the IBVM archivists across the globe.
News from Loreto Rumbek - this month's newsletter brings you the first publication of our new school magazine! As always, many thanks for your ongoing support and prayers.
News from Loreto Rumbek - December has been a busy month for us with the end of the academic year, Government Examinations and the beginning of our Summer holidays! The Primary examination went well and the Secondary candidates are currently sitting, their last exam will be Maths on Christmas Eve!
Dear friends, Greetings from the sunshine of South Sudan! We are coming towards the end of our school year with all our classes in examinations. Our Primary 8 have just completed their Government examinations today while we are waiting to hear when the Secondary will sit their examinations. Our Political leaders have extended the peace [...]
Update No. 6
We would like to congratulate Pat Murray IBVM Irish Province. Sr. Pat has been appointed by Pope Francis as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture.
We have just begun our mid-term break and the girls are very excited. Most are gone home for the few days though we are left with 100 students. These girls remain for various reasons - distance, security and the threat of forced marriage is very real for a number of them.
A special thank you to all of the donors, advocates, and supporters of the Loreto Programs in Rumbek. Without your hard work or support none of this would be possible.