In February 2016, Fields of Life commenced work on phase one of their first partner school in South Sudan.
The need for a permanent school building was identified by our partners, the Diocese of Maridi, prior to a Fields of Life fact-finding visit in November 2013. Bishop Justin Badi hosted the team including the organisation’s founder Rev Trevor Stevenson and CEO Richard Spratt, who both travelled to South Sudan for the first time.
The existing school had 210 pupils and nine teachers, but children sat on branches under mango trees, in four classes. “One unforgettable memory imprinted on my heart, is the children at Onjirima sitting under one of only two, grass roofed, mud-walled classrooms, singing ‘Our visitors, if you go, remember us,’” explains Richard.
The new primary school is being built by a local contractor at Onjirima in Maridi County, Western Equatoria, ten miles away from Maridi town. Phase one of the construction consists of a four classroom block and two blocks of four-stance latrines.
Richard concludes, “We’re delighted to finally start the building after a one year delay due to insecurity. Hopefully we can complete the full eight-class school soon.”