The Emergency Response to

Humanitarian Crisis in Rumbek

 

The recent announcement of famine by the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and the United Nations has revealed to the South Sudanese public and the international community the severity of food inadequacy across South Sudan.

 

The Emergency Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Rumbek (ERHCR) is a humanitarian-based idea that was created to address the declared starvation in Western Lakes State (WLS). The ERHCR is an individual-driven fundraising initiative by the concerned Diaspora persons of WLS residing in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, East Africa and the United States to avert the sweeping hunger.

 

The ERHCR financial projection is to raise substantial funds that can allow our group to purchase an estimated 10,000 bags, 50kg/110lbs each, of Maize or Sorghum.

Therefore, we, the designated committee, are appealing to the members of the Agaar-Dinka and Belle communities and their friends wherever they are in the world to pitch in their financial contribution of $25 or more to purchase at least a bag or more. This is a “dig-deep appeal” to our caring members of WLS to contribute anything they can.

 

To execute this fundraising plan of action, we have set it out in a three-phase basis that includes:

(1) Mobilization of Funds

(2) Procurement and Transportation of Food

(3) The Distribution of Food

The following cost estimation or analysis would be based on different variety of food pricing. Most importantly, the exchange rates are based on “Spot Rates,” which are the exchange rates that are determined by the time in which the willing buyer and the willing seller are discussing and negotiating with each other on the appropriate pricing of the goods based on the quality and quantity. Therefore, at the time of ascertaining these prices, the exchange rate for $1 equals 3,240 Ugandan shillings (UGX). In this table, the total cost of a 50-kg bag of Maize is 81,000 UGXs. In other words, 81,000 UGX equals $25.00.

We propose the equitable food distribution through the trusted traditional Agaar-Dinka and Belle Paramount Chiefs and other entities with high social regards. By so doing, it gives us an opportunity to reach out to the members of our communities who are living in the most inaccessible rural areas of WLS.

We are also welcoming any suggestions on this matter that may produce a better alternative to the above-layout plan of action.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact:

Angelo Mangar Maker  757-256-3258     makerangelo@hotmail.com

Justin Maker Bol          614-622-1723     makerj71@gmail.com

Nyakor Makoi Kojok     602-465-6933     nyakorkojok@gmail.com