Arise worked between 2010 and 2016 to develop relationships in a small village in Kajo Keji county. We learned how village leaders shared authority, how decisions were made, and what happens when there are disagreements. Arise staff were planning to install a large Maize Grinder in the community as a social business to raise funds for their school. The grinder was purchased but a month before the village was to take delivery this area of South Sudan became unsafe to work in. Today the grinder sits in storage waiting for peace to return.
While there is no active Leprosy in the area, a number of Lepers live in Kajo Keji who are marginalized and at risk. On trips into the area it was a real joy to meet with this people group. We helped them with food and clothing and enjoyed their capacity to laugh and celebrate life with us.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”