Update on Impact of 2021 Flooding, April 2022

Sudan witnessed heavy rains and floods 2021 which affected the whole country especially the poor people. WEP is working in a very fragile area where most houses and schools are built of mud and straws and roofed with plastic mats and mud, so, the area was seriously affected by the flood. Namely the schools that are supported by WEP. A quick survey was conducted by WEP staff to estimate the damages. 4 out of the 10 supported schools witnessed great damages.  As 2 classes were completely wrecked and the teachers’ office collapsed at a school in Salaam village at Jabal Awlia locality. All the teachers were gathered in a small office which was also half collapsed at the back wall.  2 classes at another school at a neighbourhood which was one a displaced camp at Sharq Elneel locality also collapsed, the roofs of the 2 classes were stripped off. A wall of a 3rd school at Dar elsalam B 52 at Umbadda locality fall down as well as 2 classrooms half collapsed. Also a school at Dar elsalam B 34 drowned in the water as the school yard was very law so the rain water covered it inside and surrounded it from outside which causes 2 classrooms walls to collapse as well as the head mistress office.

WEP took another tour in the affected schools accompanied by a construction technician to estimate the amount of the damage and the needed intervene.  WEP provided the materials, and with the assistance   of the schools heads and the parents committees WEP succeed to rehabilitate the schools before the study year started.

The initiative was highly appreciated by the schools’ heads and staff. They were so happy with it. It really made a difference, at Jihad school at Dar elsalam B 34 they said about 13 teachers were using the same office including the headmistress, as they left their office for fear to collapse on their heads at any time.  So the new office provided a good solution.

Update on Covid, March 2022

In order to reduce the outbreak of COVID-19, Women’s Education Partnership adopted a policy of stay at home in 2020 & 2021 with some office work when required. Universities and schools were closed by the government in February 2022 for a month and only upper classes (grade 8,6 & 3rd grade at secondary school) were exempted and WEP also closed literacy circles especially the majority of women in literacy circles are older who live in the out skirt of Khartoum where healthy services are very poor, we advised them to stay at home. WEP was able to respond to disaster by supply its beneficiaries with the protection materials including Dettol soaps, sanitizers and face masks. During the distributions of these materials, awareness sessions about the prevention of disease were conducted by WEP staff, literacy facilitators, and WEP sponsored university students.   

Neimat’s January Message, January 2022

We would like to welcome our new staff member Hoyam Isameldin Hassan, who joined WEP as a Part-Time project administrator responsible for under graduate students. Hoyam herself was a WEP sponsored student, graduated last year and is doing well in her work, which prove that our support for undergraduate young women is fruitful. Despite all the challenges faced by WEP staff due to civil unrest, WEP continues to provide it is services.

The economic situation

Life became unsecure with an increase in the crimes especially in the edges of Khartoum where WEP is operating/providing services.

The work environment became unsafe with the on-going demonstrations which are confronted by violence; tearing bombs enters sometimes our office, since it is located near the demonstration gathering point, therefore return home while demonstrations took place is a risk.

A great challenge related to the devaluation of the Sudanese pounds which affected us badly no matter personally or at work level. With an un-preceded increase in the prices whether of food, medicine, house rent, transportation, school fees or other expenses, let alone entertainment, cloths and social contacts which become as luxury, as at work level the prices of the stationeries, rents, electricity, fuel and the net are beyond reason.

Get ready for the Big Give, November 2021

Women’s Education Partnership (WEP) is excited to be participating in a new campaign – one in which your donations will be doubled by money pledged to WEP from a ‘match pot’ of £10,150.

It’s called the BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge 2021. It is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign.

It runs from midday 30 November to midday 7 December 2021. For your donation to be doubled it must be donated between these two dates.

We hope you will want to donate to WEP. We provide education for women and girls in Sudan and South Sudan, including literacy classes for refugee women, schooling for orphan children and full scholarships for disadvantaged women to attend local universities.

Please visit: www.thebiggive.org.uk between 30th November and 7th December and donate to Women’s Education Partnership’s campaign ‘Power to the Powerless through Education’ through the Big Give site.

The BIG GIVE is a registered charity (1136547). It features over 10,000 charities and WEP is proud to be participating this year.

Thank you for supporting Women’s Education Partnership in helping disadvantaged women in Sudan and South Sudan.

Summer Newsletter, August 2021

Our summer newsletter is now available to view here.  Find out how our scholarship and literacy circle projects are progressing and the impact that your vital donations are having on our work.