Timpir: Australians supporting health, education and development in South Sudan (hereafter referred to as Timpir) is a grassroots organisation that works to improve the lives of people in South Sudan through locally developed and operated community development initiatives.
Timpir was formed in 2004 with a vision to work with the people of South Sudan and the global community to assist in the development of a region devastated by almost 40 years of recurrent civil war from the 1950s to 2005.
South Sudan lags significantly behind the rest of the world in standard markers of development. For example, it is estimated that only 1.9% of children complete primary school and one out of every six children will die before their first birthday (Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan 2010).
Timpir was incorporated in Australia in 2005 under the name Panhom, this name was changed to 'Timpir: Australians supporting health, education and development in South Sudan' in 2007. Timpir is run by a board of 10 volunteer directors who oversee the design, implementation and running of Timpir's projects in South Sudan. Working with local community members in South Sudan to identify, plan and implement projects is fundamental to Timpir's ethos, however Timpir relies on the financial and volunteer support of people around the globe to make these projects possible. The main objective of Timpir is to improve access for the people of South Sudan to basic education and health care through working with local communities.
Follow the Timpir blog at timpir.wordpress.com.
Follow Timpir on Twitter at @TimpirSS
Check out Timpir's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Timpir/185870498129701
On the 7th February we held our first event for the year: the movie event "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", at the Regal Cinema (formerly the Chelsea). The charity showing was the opening night of the film. The event was an outstanding success with over a hundred people enjoying the film.
We have well and truly made our way into yet another financial year. Who can believe it is September already! This means that Timpir memberships are overdue for renewal. Please check this web link http://www.timpir.org/members.php and if your name is not under 'Members' it means that your membership has lapsed and needs renewing. Membership forms can be downloaded from http://www.timpir.org/timpir_membership_application.pdf and completed and emailed or posted back.
Membership fees ($15/year) can be paid by direct deposit to Timpir's bank account:
Account name: Timpir Inc
Bank: Bank SA
BSB: 105 141
Account number: 0373 28240
Or by cheque or money order and posted to:
PO Box 110,
South Australia 5082.
Your membership is very important for two main reasons. First of all you support Timpir to be able to continue to carry out the important work we do in South Sudan. Secondly, we are about to submit an application for tax deductibility to AusAid and the more financial members we have, the stronger our application as it proves that we have a strong support base in Australia.
So please spend 5 minutes filling in the form and paying the $15 to help us get tax deductibility so that we can grow even further in our capacity to help the people of South Sudan.
Timpir held its annual quiz night on Saturday, 31st August and it was a great success! We raised over $3800 to futher the work of Timpir.
The Timpir newsletter for June has been released, see it here.
In addition, Timpir has just started running a lunch program at our two schools. South Sudan is on the brink of a massive famine. This report released in March this year highlights the impending famine, and the situation has only got worse since that time. With bad crops in 2011, food supply in the region at very low levels due to border closures, and the escalating costs of food, many people in regional areas, such as Wäramoth and Mabok are starving. Timpir is assisting as best it can, and will employ cooks at the two schools to prepare cooked lunches for more than 700 students currently enrolled across the two schools. This lunch program will mean that each day Timpir's students have at least one meal, and this will also enable their families to spread their meager food supplies across their remaining children. It is planned that we will carry out this lunch program during the months of June to August, as by September the rains will hopefully have brought a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to the area which will sustain families until their crops are ready in October/November. The Timpir board in collaboration with the teachers at the 2 Primary schools have estimated that to feed the 700+ students for these three months will cost over $6000. If you are able to assist Timpir with this essential project please donate at www.givenow.com.au/timpir.
Thank you all for your continued support during 2011. The Timpir board is getting very excited as the trip of 3 board members and 2 volunteers draws nearer. In 3 weeks, board members Kuol Baak, Peter Cassidy and myself will be on our way driving from Uganda to South Sudan where we will spend 3 weeks assessing the current Timpir projects and carrying out further work on these projects. We will stay with Kuol's family in Wäramoth village, where Timpir's first school has continued to operate. In 2012 Wäramoth Primary will have its first class of Year 7 students which is a very exciting milestone. We look forward to seeing what has been achieved at the school over the past couple of years. In addition, Dr Rosie Marley will be travelling to Wäramoth with us as a volunteer. She will carry approximately 20kg of medical supplies and it is anticipated that during her time in Wäramoth village she will be inundated with visits from local community members seeking medical treatment. Currently people from Wäramoth and surrounds must walk for approximately 2 days to access medical treatment, so during this trip we will also be evaluating the feasability of possibly setting up a small health care centre in Wäramoth or a neighbouring village.
In addition, we will also travel to Mabok (which is approximately 4 hours drive from Wäramoth) where we will visit the second school that Timpir began supporting in early 2011. Schools in South Sudan are currently on summer holidays, and during this time school community members have been volunteering their time (with the financial support of Timpir in purchasing materials and resouces) to build 3 classroom structures at the current school compound. They are aiming to complete these buildings before the Timpir group travels there on February 14th.
The generous donations of Timpir members and supporters to the 2011 Timpir Christmas gift program will enable us to purchase and deliver much needed teaching resources to both Mabok and Wäramoth Primary Schools during our trip there. The Christmas gift program has enabled the purchase and delivery of:
Timpir is still seeking donations for a further 3 blackboards ($80 per blackboard) in order to equip each of the 6 classrooms (including the 3 new classrooms currently being built) at Mabok primary school with blackboards.
In addition, the donations of Timpir members and supporters to the Wheelchair appeal has enabled Timpir to send money for the wheelchair maker to commence constructing the 10 wheelchairs which Timpir has ordered for people with mobility disorders in the Mabok region. To date, Timpir has raised $2875 of the required $3500 for the purchase of the wheelchairs. We are still seeking to raise the remaining $625. It is hoped that the wheelchairs will be completed and ready for delivery by the time the Timpir group travels there in February.
If you are able to help us with raising the money needed for the 3 blackboards or the wheelchairs, please donate:
1. online at http://www.givenow.com.au/timpir
2. through direct deposit to Timpir's bank account:
Account name: Timpir Inc
Bank: Bank SA
BSB: 105 141
Account number: 0373 28240
3. by posting a cheque to
PO Box 110
Prospect South Australia 5082.
We look forward to sharing the details of our trip and Timpir's projects in South Sudan with you on our return in March.
Chairperson, Timpir Inc.
See the Timpir 2011 Projects report (PDF 275k).
For details see our recent events page.
In 2011, Timpir has begun supporting a second school in South Sudan. In addition to the continuing support of Wäramoth Primary School, Timpir is now also supporting Mabok Primary School in Aweil South county. Timpir is currently employing three teachers to teach at Mabok Primary School in addition to three teachers who volunteer at the school. The headmaster, Akol Mayen Akol, has completed his Year 12 certificate in Sudan and is now employed by Timpir to oversee the running and administration of the school. There are currently 272 students enrolled in Years 1-6 at Mabok Primary School with enrolments continuing to grow.
Wäramoth Primary School has started its fourth year operating under Timpir's support. There are currently six teachers employed at Wäramoth Primary to teach 323 students in Years 1-6. These enrolments will also continue to grow throughout the year.
Timpir board member Ken Pfitzner spent hundreds of hours creating an amazing credenza titled "Africa Dawning". This piece Ken, a renowned Adelaide furniture maker, has labelled his pièce de résistance. It is truly an amazing artwork with a profound message underscoring every aspect of its intricate design. For more information about the credenza please see this article here. Ken has donated the credenza to Timpir with all funds raised by its sale to go towards Timpir's projects in South Sudan. If you are interested in purchasing this amazing piece please contact Timpir for more information.