South Sudan’s women group raising fund to build a maternity clinic and adult education center

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Bor Women Group in Calgary, Alberta, Canada under the leadership of Mrs.Lith Agany Aguto are gearing up for a fundraising event to support the Bor United Women Association for Development (BUWAD) based in Africa. The event will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 6pm -2am at the Holy Trinity Family Center 1514 -44 Street, South East, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Some members of the BUWAD's Choir practicing in Kenya in this picture below

BUWAD choirThe BUWAD was formed in 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya by a group of women who come from Bor Area in South Sudan. Through the BUWAD, the women have organized themselves into a choir and have produced an album called Tiop ya Donyda. The album is about the history of the liberation struggle in South Sudan. It is both tears and thought provoking, and in a typical South Sudanese way, it records history and inspires positive action.

“Their songs remind us about our fallen heroes,” Mrs. Lith Agany Aguto said. “We are happy about their songs because they have woken us up.”

Impressed and inspired by a remarkable level of creativity after watching the video of their songs, Ms.Athieng Riakbai, who is the point person between the women in Kenya and Canada, contacted the leader of the BUWAD and asked her how she could help them.

“They told me to connect their organization with people who can help them with resources to achieve their goals, and that is when I started talking to women in Calgary and then ordered 200 DVDs of their songs,” Athieng told the New Sudan Vision.

“You simply tear up when you listen to their songs, and you are inspired to think about what you can do to help build our newly independent country for whom our heroes and heroines die,” Athieng added.

According to Athieng, the goal of the women in the BUWAD is to build maternity clinic and adult education center in Bor, South Sudan. South Sudan has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the world. According to a 2012 estimate by the CIA World Factbook, the infant mortality rate for South Sudan is 71.83 deaths per 1,000 live births while the literacy rate among women is about 16%. The rate of women who die during childbirth in South Sudan stands at 2,054 deaths per 100,000, and it is the worst in the world, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

The proposed maternity clinic will help to fight infant and maternal mortality through provision of prenatal and postnatal care services. The adult education center will help fight illiteracy among women. Athieng believes that a high level of literacy among women can help women understand issues related to maternal and infant health. It can help empower them socio-economically as well.

The organizers believe the upcoming fundraising event will help contribute in building the clinic and adult education center. Activities during the fundraising include showcasing traditional Dinka dance, serving food for the invited participants, playing music - both African and western, and most importantly, playing some of the selected songs from the album.

For more information about the event or how to donate, contact Mrs. Lith Agany Aguto (4034025660), Mrs. Amol Amuom Deng (403-238-9596), Mrs. Aluel Wal Atem (403-475-8456) and Mrs.Akuot Arem Jok (403-698-4777).

For preview of the the BUWAD's video album, please check it out:

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