The Story:

For almost 7 years...

A network of various individuals and churches in RVA (Richmond, VA) have been shipping medical supplies to Uganda. Last year, we sent over 26 tons of medical supplies to a little town in northern Uganda called Moyo, which happens to be just a few miles from the border of South Sudan.

If you’ve been watching the news, you know that in the past month or two, tensions in South Sudan have exploded, and the number of refugees fleeing South Sudan is incredible. Many Sudanese refugees are streaming into – you guessed it – Moyo, Uganda. About a month ago, there were virtually no refugees in this area. As of the end of January 2014, there were over 60,000 registered refugees…and counting.

There’s no way that any one church, organization, or individual could meet this need, but we believe that together we can make a difference. A number of churches from various backgrounds and denominations in the Richmond area are informally joining together in order to try to help. It is their desire to show, in a tangible way, that God loves and cares about people who are hurting and displaced. A number of individuals are gathering together to help out by grabbing a group of friends and collecting items because they want to be a part of something bigger. Regardless of what draws you to this website today to help out, thank you!

Charity groups are providing food and water to keep the refugees from starving, but they have virtually nothing else. We’ve learned from local Ugandan authorities and our missionary contacts there that the main need is for blankets for warmth at night, and pots for cooking.

They need these things, and they need them now.

The RVA network (an informal group of volunteers) and Stony Point Church and were already preparing to send another 40-foot container of medical supplies to this area when this need hit. A Richmond company has graciously donated a second 40-foot container so now we can send blankets and pots to this region. There should be enough room in the container for at least 7,500 blankets, and at least 500 pots.

There’s no way that any one church, organization, or individual could meet this need, but we believe that together we can make a difference. A number of churches from various backgrounds and denominations in the Richmond area are informally joining together in order to try to help. It is their desire to show, in a tangible way, that God loves and cares about people who are hurting and displaced. A number of individuals are gathering together to help out by grabbing a group of friends and collecting items because they want to be a part of something bigger. Regardless of what draws you to this website today to help out, thank you!

Blankets

Any size or weight, but clean and with no holes. New or used. See below for where to drop off these blankets.

Pots

Ugandans and Sudanese cook over an open fire, so what is needed are pots, at least 11” in diameter and 6” deep. New or used. Bigger is better. No frying pans, griddles, etc., just pots.

Any size or weight, but clean and with no holes. New or used. See below for where to drop off.

If you or your organization are interested in buying new blankets at a bulk rate discount, please contact: info@RVA4SouthSudan.org for more info.

Financial Help

The shipping containers have already been donated, but the actual shipping costs are about $12,000 per container, including transportation by ship to the port of Mombasa, Kenya, and then overland transportation to Moyo, Uganda. There are no administrative fees, no mark-ups, and nobody is getting a salary. 100% of all donations will be used to pay for transportation fees, packing materials, additional blankets and pots, etc. If there are extra funds, they will be used to purchase medicines that are badly needed in that region.

Because the need is so urgent, we’re hoping to be able to collect blankets and pots by no later than March 15, as we’d like to ship by that date.

Dropoff locations here.

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    Dropoff Locations in RVA

    Where you can dropoff blankets and/or pots for Sudanese refugees.

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    Maps & Resources

    Where the refugees ane and where rva4southsudan.org supplies are going.