Diocese Endorses “Sports for Peace” Initiative for South Sudanese

EDECR - Kakuma children

Children in Kakuma Refugee Camp

Last month Bishop Mary and our Board of Trustees endorsed a unique peace initiative in response to tens of thousands of South Sudanese who have fled their country since violent conflict broke out in December. Your help is needed to support a vision that would use sporting tournaments to create teams of peacemakers in a South Sudanese refugee camp.

 

In March, Bishop Mary responded to an invitation by Hope With South Sudan to support a Nairobi university student in their program to attend a trauma healing, peace and reconciliation workshop in Kakuma Refugee Camp. The Kakuma Peace Institute was created by Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial, Diocese of Aweil, to train pastors and lay leaders as peacemakers among more than 130,000 refugees from South Sudan who lived in the camp and had brought the conflicts of their various tribes. (About a third of the population is Episcopalian.)

 

During the Institute training, Michael Puot Rambang — the student that Bishop Mary supported – had a vision to create soccer and volleyball tournaments for peace, where teams would consist of young men and women from various tribes. The young people would enter peace and reconciliation training before the games, and eventually be sent into their communities as peace ambassadors. Michael has since gathered an organizing team of university women and men representing six tribes.

 

This initiative has caught the attention of the Presiding Bishop’s Office for Global Relations, who is now working with the Episcopal liaison to the UN to obtain their recognition through the Commission on Sports, Peace and Development. The Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington State) has joined our diocese in issuing a similar endorsement for “Sports for Peace.”

 

Hope With South Sudan needs your help. The training and tournaments will cost about $15,000. We are looking for people who have contacts with the San Jose Earthquakes and with other professional teams that might underwrite this initiative.  We’re also looking for connections with university and youth teams who might join in supporting this crucial effort in a camp where the majority of people are under the age of 25.

 

Visit www.hopewithsouthsudan.org for more information on the program and for updates on the situation in South Sudan and the leadership of the Episcopal Church in South Sudan.  Donations can be made through the website or by mailing them to HWSS, 81 N. 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113. For more information, contact The Rev. Jerry Drino at jdrino@hopewithsouthsudan.org or (408) 806-4506.

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Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Fundraising, Jerry Drino, Founder, Uncategorized