Update from Friends in Solidarity With South Sudan – September 2018

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– Sr. Joan Mumaw, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Friends in Solidarity

Labor Day has come and gone and the summer is almost over or at least that is what is supposed to happen. It seems, however, that the climate is changing and metro DC feels more like South Sudan without air conditioning.

It was very good to meet so many of you at the CMSM Annual Assembly in St. Louis. I hope you picked up some information at our exhibit table to see the situation on the ground in South Sudan and the institutions that are supported by your congregations and religious from around the world. The Solidarity Teacher Training College (STTC) and the Catholic Health Training College (CHTI), as well as the Good Shepherd Peace Center (GSPC) and the Sustainable Agricultural Training Project are unique in the country. In recent years, the STTC and CHTI were among the very few institutions able to operate and/or graduate new teachers and health care professional for the country! We pray daily for the safety of our staff and protection for them and those with whom they work. Solidarity Tool Kit 2018

GSPC is the only affordable conference/retreat facility in the country! It is owned by the Religious Superiors Association of South Sudan (RSASS) and used by bishops, clergy, and religious, CRS, African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and many other organizations. It is an initiative motivated by Solidarity with South Sudan with RSASS and supported by the Italian Bishops Conference and many other donors. What a breath of fresh air for all Solidarity members who gathered there for their annual meeting and celebration of their tenth anniversary!   GSPC Newsletter 2018

After ten years, there is a great need for new staff members to join the effort. Please read this “Letter to the Congregations” from Br. Bill Firman, FSC, Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan who writes to you of this need for staff.  Letter to Congregations   Those with some mission experience may be ready for a new challenge.

For more information contact:  Joan Mumaw, IHM, at jmumaw.solidarity@gmail.com