Have you heard? Massive flooding that has hit Sudan recently. Massive flooding. It didn’t make the UK news though.
According to recent UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) statistics 260,000 people affected; 50,000 houses destroyed or damaged; and so far 45 deaths reported by FMoH.
Nile Swimmers graduates are in some of the most affected areas, and are working hard supporting NGOs and volunteers. Natural disasters hit the poorest the hardest, and the most cost effective way of providing this communities with the means to protect themselves is by providing training to the community leaders – who can then pass down that training. This is the concept that we had in mind when the Nile Swimmers Project started in 2007 – and today we see the fruits of our labours – proof that what we do makes a difference.
We are very pleased to hear that many Nile Swimmers graduates have been working together to support their local communities and providing help using a variety of water-craft to gain access to the flood stricken areas.
Although the Nile floods every year – it doesn’t normally burst it’s banks. These are the worst floods that Sudan has seen for over 30 years.