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Blindness Prevention and Rehabilitation

Blindness Prevention and Rehabilitation

Blindness Prevention and Rehabilitation

Region:

Africa

Region:

South Sudan

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John C. Barth, M.M.

South Sudan has arguably the highest rate of preventable and treatable eye disease in the world. Cataracts are the primary cause of preventable blindness in South Sudan, and Onchocerciasis (river blindness) the second.

Father John Barth, M.M., continues to respond to the need in South Sudan to assist the blind and provide treatment for blindness prevention and rehabilitation. Father Barth is expanding his work in the Lui Hospial offering scholarships to medical staff to learn ophthalmic care as cataract surgeons, nurses and ophthalmic clinical officers.

Your gift will also help prepare a new eye clinic there where the newly trained staff will work upon completion of their studies. This new clinic will be the first eye clinic capable of eye surgery in the state of Western Equatoria, estimated population of 1.5 million people.

Food Relief

Food Relief

Food Relief

Region:

Africa

Region:

South Sudan

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John C. Barth, M.M.

Over the last three years, Fr. Barth has worked with the pastor of St. Theresa Parish to feed the hungry. Fr. Barth used to live in the parish and now visits regularly from Uganda. In this parish, and a neighboring parish, there are three schools receiving food relief. St. Kizito primary school has over 1,400 day and boarding students; St. Augustine senior secondary school has about 250 students, and a nearby senior secondary school for girls, St. Matthew’s has 200 students. This project delivers food relief to the students in the two secondary schools each month.

The country has lapsed back into a perpetual state of war two years ago and the economy collapsed.  The government rarely pays teachers’ salaries and food has become scarce and expensive for those who do have enough money to buy it.

In order to keep the faculty and staff working at the three schools, Fr. Barth has promised to provide ‘Food for Work’ to them to keep the schools open.

Otherwise, the school staff will migrate south to the refugee settlements in northern Uganda in order to feed their own families.

Items bought in from Uganda include maize, beans, cooking oil, salt, and soap. At the beginning of each term, school supplies are also provided as well as fuel for milling the maize. Beneficiaries of this program will include the families of the teachers and staff as well as the many elderly people of St. Theresa’s parish.

Food Assistance, Malakal

Food Assistance, Malakal

Food Assistance, Malakal

Region:

Africa

Region:

South Sudan

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Michael Bassano, M.M.

Fr. Bassano lives in a UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) camp near the devastated city of Malakal in northeastern South Sudan. Until early 2013 when it was destroyed in fighting between the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army) and the Nuer White Army, Malakal was South Sudan’s second largest city with a population of 150-200,000. Currently, about 30,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons) live in the UNHCR camp near Malakal where Fr. Bassano serves. Perhaps 10,000 people remain in the ruins of Malakal and the surrounding countryside.

During the last few years, Fr. Bassano has been able to offer food assistance to food-insecure people living in and around Malakal. He has done so with the assistance of the UNWFP (United Nations World Food Programme) who provide for the shipment of food, its distribution, and security during the distribution.

Today only 10,000 people remain in the ruins of Malakal and the surrounding countryside. There are about 2,000 people at the Wau Shillok Primary School, the Lul RRC compound, and Kokok World Vision compound who are in desperate need of food. Your gift will provide life sustaining food for these people.

Pastoral Ministry in South Sudan

Pastoral Ministry in South Sudan

Pastoral Ministry in South Sudan

Region:

Africa

Country:

South Sudan

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John C. Barth, M.M.

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Mission Service:

Health and Social Welfare

Father John Barth, M.M. continues to assist St. Teresa Mission Parish, Isohe Village, South Sudan where your support has enabled him to provide food, water and supplies while also assisting the South Sudanese Refugees in Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

In addition to the basic necessities, Father Barth hopes to expand his effort through “eye screening camps” by providing refugees in need of eyeglasses, medical treatment and cataract removal stemming from his success with his eye clinic in Juba, South Sudan.

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop