Where We Work
HART has partners in many countries - Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Burma, India, Nigeria, Sudan, Timor Leste, Uganda and Egypt - who are striving to improve the spheres of education, environment, health, human rights, and more. HART's aid is designed to relieve suffering and sow the seeds of longer term solutions. Here are some of those who have been blessed in 2012 through your generous donations and collaborations.
The Health and Hope Society (HHS) works to put health care, education and development into the hands of isolated, impoverished villages in South and South East Asia. It started when a passionate, visionary and yet isolated group of villagers, recognized the need for a health care system. In hope, they gave the little money and resources they had to train a member of their community. Seven years, a medical degree, and a strategic vision later; Dr. Sasa returned to empower the people that had first empowered him. With the generous donation of land and labor from a nearby village, “The Place of Health and Hope” was built and the first “HHS Community Health Program” began. Over 300 men and women from 150 villages were selected by their communities to train and serve as Community Health Workers (CHWs). Through a working partnership with these villages, a basic infrastructure of health care and community development has been established. In 2012, HHS partnered with a further 100 villages, and is currently training over 200 new CHWs.
Dr. Sasa and John Archer have been instrumental in developing HHS’s “Freedom to Education Program” which is focused on identifying young men and women who carry a unique vision for the long-term benefit of their people. These students are provided with the financial, administrative and pastoral support to be able to pursue further education and learn how to turn their vision into reality.
Students are chosen by local Selection Boards (comprising local community leaders) who review the students’ Class 10 Matriculation score, a written test and an oral interview. Applicants are required to demonstrate their vision for their community and how further studies will help them achieve it.
After selection, students spend 4-6 months at one of HHS’s training centers and undergo an internship where they partake in every area of working life. They also receive pastoral, spiritual and practical training and care. These young men and women then enroll into colleges for their higher education and receive on-going financial and pastoral support.
Current students are focusing on sciences, mathematics and English with a focus to go into medicine, nursing and engineering. While studying, the students are encouraged to organize themselves into their own governing groups. They elect a chairman, treasurer and secretary and gather on a monthly basis to provide support and encouragement to each other.
HART-US is assisting with financial and programmatic oversight.
Vardan Tadevosyan is the director of 'The Lady Cox Rehabilitation Centre' in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabagh. He lives in Stepanakert with his wife and two daughters aged 2 and 8."In January 1999, I came to work in the disused war-damaged building which Baroness Cox had founded as the future rehabilitation centre. I had previously been working in Yerevan where I was Head Educator and Lecturer in the International Post-Trauma Rehabilitation Centre. Seven years on the centre has treated over 1000 patients with a wide range of conditions. At the heart of my work is an emphasis on teamwork. I have trained my own staff in physiotherapy. Patients can also receive speech and psychological therapy and there are opportunities to do ceramic and art work, wood carving, information technology and music. These may be purely therapeutic but can also greatly improve the patients’ occupational prospects."
HART has developed a supportive relationship with the Marol School, near Luonyaker. This is described as a “Girls school, to which Boys may come!”, emphasizing the need to increase female education.
Situated in the remote and war-ravaged region of Bahr-El-Ghazal in South Sudan, Marol Academy was originally opened in April 2008 with preparations in place for around 250 pupils. They in fact received 450 – some of the oldest pupils walking 6 miles each day to get there. Initially a community school with an active Parent Teachers Association, since 2010 the government has accepted shared responsibility with government officials speaking of it as the leading school in the county. Marol Academy seeks to address an urgent need for education, particularly for girls. We continue to be deeply grateful for the work of Naomi Pendle, an English teacher from Wellington College, who came as a volunteer with a HART delegation in 2009 and in 2010 established a transformational Teacher Training program based at the Academy.
On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the newest nation on earth. The referendum took place in January 2011 and produced an overwhelming result in favor of independence, with 98.83% voting for separation from the north.
The struggle for independence began over 35 years ago – far longer than most lifetimes in South Sudan. A common history, a lack of justice and a desire to shape their own destiny has drawn the people of South Sudan together. Having witnesses Africa’s longest civil war, and countless stories of suffering, this final separation is laden with promise.
While independence represents a historic victory for the rights of self-determination for the South, the broader concern is that the Islamist regime in Khartoum will instigate an even more extreme policy in the areas remaining under its control, including aggression against the African populations in regions such as Nuba Mountains (renamed Southern Kordofan against the wishes of many of the local people, in the CPA), where HART works. Meanwhile, political and military destabilization of the South by the Khartoum regime continues. Khartoum is widely believed to be supporting dissident groups within South Sudan, as well as Lord’s Resistance Army terrorists displaced from Uganda, and to be actively backing insurgents in the Abyei region.
Many aid organizations working throughout South Sudan have restricted their programs due to concerns over security - HART being a conspicuous exception. As a result there is a severe inadequacy in humanitarian provision in many more remote areas.
HART has helped to fund basic medical supplies and health facilities for rural communities in areas facing formidable challenges, including rural health clinics in strategically important areas, which will greatly improve the medical facilities available to vulnerable, rural people, many of whom are suffering or dying from preventable and treatable conditions such as malaria, measles, meningitis, tetanus and problems in childbirth Some indication of the parlous state of the civil infrastructure in South Sudan may be inferred from the fact that the region needs to recruit teachers and import resources from northern Uganda, which is in itself a heavily deprived and under-resourced region ,
Through our collaboration with the 2012 Anglican Church in North America Anglican Relief Development Fund (ARDF) a donation of $5,015 was made that assisted in the purchase of a vehicle for Bishop Moses Deng’s ministry in the Diocese of Wau.