The Republic of Sudan is situated in the Northeast of Africa.
The Blue and White Niles meet in Khartoum (the Capital City) to form the world’s longest river, the Nile, that divides the country between east and west. The Arabs are the major ethnic group.
On the 9th of July 2011, the country split in two, so the Christian ethnic group is now occupying mainly the new Republic of South Sudan.
At the moment we have one community in Khartoum: Shajara and outreaching women promotion programs in Mayo and other parts of the outskirts of Khartoum.
Shajara, the area in which we live, is occupied by middle-class Arabs and many South Sudanese who are displaced in Khartoum. These people come to our center either for church activities or to access a formal education if not for both.
Dream to Give Educational Opportunity to the Poor Children
In 2011, South Sudan gained its independence. Many Southerners returned to the South with high hope for a better life, but in 2013, the civil war broke out, and many of them returned to Khartoum. So, schools in Khartoum had to be reopened, and a huge number of children registered for grades ranging from kindergarten to primary 3.
When Salesian Sisters saw the need for education and the number of children who were unable to access education increase, they decided to open primary 4 and 5 in the evening. Salesian Sisters’ dream is to make primary grade six available by the year 2022 and have a complete elementary school. They will have KG to primary 3 in the morning and primary 4 and 5 in the evening.
Christian Religious Education (CRE)
In Sudan, Christian Religious Education (CRE) is not taught in government schools, so the church has taken up the responsibility of providing this formation to children every Friday, which is supposed to be their day off. In Salesian Sisters’ center, the sisters have availed the school for those Christians around the mission so that they can attend CRE classes every Friday.
Salesian Sisters offer a Remedial class for those who went to school but dropped out due to various reasons. The sisters have provided them an accelerated program and have prepared them for primary 8 examinations. Many of them have passed the exams and joined secondary schools.
Following St. John Bosco’s Preventive System, which is based on reason, religion, and loving-kindness, the sisters accompany their students and support them as they develop their gifts, achieve personal excellence and prepare for the future with hope and confidence. Kids and young people love to come to the Oratory. Around 500 to 600 kids were attending daily. However, due to COVID-19, the oratory is closed in March 2020. The Salesian Sisters are planning to resume oratory soon and the young people are looking forward to joining in it again.
The outstation of St. Joseph Parish
The Salesian Sister Center is also an outstation of St. Joseph Parish. So, during weekdays and Sundays, the activities of the parish are carried out for and with the faithful. The community is very much involved in this apostolate.
In Mayo, the sisters continue to make efforts to improve the skills of local women. They conduct various courses, ranging from catering to embroidery, and only a small number of women attend.
Locally, the Salesian Sisters continue to render their service in education and evangelization that is so much needed to our people.