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Date: September, 28, 2012.
An Open Letter To: The State Alumni South Sudanese Members, On the eve of the first Reception, By Her Excellency Susan D. Page, The Ambassador Embassy of the United States of America Juba.
Your Excellency Susan D. Page US Ambassador, Staff and Members of United States Mission, Chairman Steering Committee and Entire Members at State Alumni - South Sudan in Juba. Greetings and peace to all. Allow me to present these few words before you all in this great eve “US Ambassador’s first biannual reception for the State Alumni South Sudanese members”. Today it is actually very great and brighter moments as we have gathered in the US Embassy Compound. Let it be a historic event for all of us, may it be the day of our historic “shift-turning point” which reminds all of us about our various visiting reasons to US, as then each and every one of us have respectively traveled and visited a longer distance of miles to and within the United States of America’s cities, towns, country sides, centers and many institutions for the purpose of sharing and exchanging advancement-advantages’ impact in fields of our professionals dimension, being scientific, social, cultural, educational, informational and artistically. In brief the members of State Alumni S. Sudan have already and collectively “discovered United States of America!”
Fellow Alumni, you as an Alumni member, you have a dream, a goal and you have a mission which all are to be attained and such dream and goal need our hearts, our heads, our hands, our hopes be healthy and united, then in such a way we can determine our collective successes in achieving these objectives and goal of our State Alumni-South Sudanese, here in this new nation “the Republic of South Sudan”. As Alumni members in this country, “what we can express in such moment, are our simplicity, our wiliness and our spirit of service in practical sense. Fellow Alumni, But yet what is your responsibility, your role and your duties at State Alumni in South Sudan? we have missions to be attained according to our different professional norms that is because, we have seen some lights of progress of the richest and the most advanced nation in the world (United States of America) and this is in the sense of humanity, freedom, citizen-openness, system of democratic rule, scientific and technologies development as reflected in the US’ infrastructural setups. Members of respective professional fields at State Alumni South – Sudan, I would like to assure and urge you today that: “your membership do matters effectively at State Alumni – South Sudan’s activities due to our common good in both urban and rural dimensions, I urge you again just stand firm and prove your effectiveness for we have a long way to go while facing paths of transformation”. This day: Sep, 28, 2012 of our first reception is “our brighter timing”, in which we shall sharpen our thinking as united and prepared South Sudanese State Alumni members, as well we can start facing the challenges of darker side of our nation and do our lighting step toward horizon of development and advancements of our new nation. May we all be filled with elements of truth, justice, reconciliation, liberty, freedom, just-peace, progress and love.
Your Excellency, thank you very much for bringing us here in this super reception, I wish and hope more receptions plus activities will follow and be launched by the State Alumni members. Finally, may God bless you all at the US Embassy, bless United States of America, bless all Alumni members and bless the people of South Sudan. By: Mr. John Jada Faustino, Multicultural and International Visitor Leadership Program IVLP USA 2010. Member at State Alumni - Juba, Central Equatoria State - South Sudan.
Below: JohnJada during IVLP in Los Angeles - 2010, sised by Zsoldos, and Mr. Divs
|Posted by John for starnews on March 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Building your own village means Building Your Nation (South Sudan).
Dear South Sudanese,
You are needed home, visit your village, may be your grand or your father and or you and me kept away somewhere for education, jobs, vocations, visits, voluntarily-acts, wars, hunger, politics, displacement, misunderstanding, business, faith and many other reasons. Today God is calling you home...where your original place God gave your fathers of your fathers. Understand, "be blessed there, for God knows why he placed you there from the beginning."
Just listen to His Holy Word from this link:http://www.familyradio.com/audio_archives/bible/.
Dear South Sudanese,
God want you go there in your village every weekend, briefly stand up there for truth, justice, reconciliation, liberty, freedom , just-peace, progress and love. To build your nation:
http://www.voanews.com/mp3/voa/africa/engl/ENGLISHTOAFRICA_SUDAN_SPECIAL.mp3 , you need to start building your village, your district, your home town, your city, your state, your major capital city and all make you build your new nation . I'm reaching out to the people of South Sudan all students, youth, women and men, and for the faithful please reach out too.
In link below, Our God is the God of forgiveness. You may be youth, father or mother, you may be student, teacher, , lecturer, private or public official or a church or a mosque personnel or policewo/man or army or a professional. God is calling you back to start visiting building your broken village, the spirit of God your father is the spirit of forgiveness.
Dear South Sudanese in Christ,
With this video, it mean blessing through rediscovering yourself before God the creator. Therefore go to your village and start your building of the nation; our big cities "Juba, Wau and Malakal and other cities and major towns, you name it, these places can not build South Sudan any longer" Yet I tell you it is your original and respective villages shall build South Sudan.
Dear Young generations of the beloved South Sudan,
Your villages has clean natural environment, organic foods, fresh fish, greens and fruits, honey and milk. go to your village and cultivate small farm plus three trees, build local room or modern room or a Vila, one cow, one sheep and one chicken. I tell this the foundation of economic growth. And here we go...
May God blesses your village across South Sudan and the globe.
Below is a proposed hospital at Logwek (Rjaf).
|Posted by John for starnews on December 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
I am so grateful and humbled to be able to greet you for the first time as incoming president of Catholic Relief Services. Your wonderful solidarity with our poor brothers and sisters around the world inspires me as this new year and this new phase of my life begins.
When Ken Hackett first knocked on my door 8 years ago and asked me to consider becoming one of the first lay members of the CRS board of directors, I admit I was not that familiar with this great organization. Certainly, I knew of CRS from Operation Rice Bowl and other collections at church, but not much more. It was after I joined the board that I realized I was like the character in that John Denver song who was “coming home to a place he’d never been before.”
CRS completes a circle that began for me decades ago in Hong Kong. Then a British colony, Hong Kong was home to many people like my parents, refugees who fled China, first from the Japanese and then the Communist regime. Although I did not know it at the time, CRS was working in Hong Kong then, helping refugee families less fortunate than mine.
Looming in all of our futures was the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997. It was a tumultuous atmosphere, but I found certainty in two places—at Mass every Sunday and at my school every weekday. The school was run by Maryknoll Sisters who had come from the United States to teach in China, but were expelled and went to work in Hong Kong. These Americans, so far from their own homes, gave me a future. Their daily expression of faith let me know that God was real, that he was active in my life.
They prepared me to come to the United States. With the support of family, I had enough money for one year at Purdue University. I was sure that the one B on my transcript would keep me from winning one of the two scholarships available for foreign students. I went to Mass the day that the winners would be announced—as I did every day—and railed at God about this unfairness.
It was after Mass that I learned that his plan for me included that full scholarship. I stayed at Purdue to earn my doctorate. The pastor rang the chapel bells on the day that I successfully defended my dissertation, and I later joined the faculty there. In 1997, I became dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. That was the door Ken Hackett knocked on.
I had no idea then that I would eventually end up as president of CRS. Now, of course, as is so often the case, it makes perfect sense. Those Maryknoll Sisters had dedicated themselves to educating and empowering the girls of Hong Kong. And that’s why I could come to the United States, find further education, take advantage of the opportunities opening up for women. What I have learned only recently is that CRS was supporting the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong.
As an immigrant, I am acutely aware of how privileged we are to live in this great country. Even though we are now going through some tough economic times, our prosperity is the envy of the world. I benefited from that. And now it is time for me to do what the Maryknoll Sisters did: reach out from America to the rest of the world and share our bounty.
I have so much to learn in this new position, but I find my confidence in the steady and inspired course steered by my predecessor Ken Hackett, and by knowing that all of you will keep me in your prayers. I will be calling on you, leaning on you, depending on you in the coming months and years.
Thank you so much for being there for me, for being there for the poor and vulnerable people of the world, and for letting CRS be of service as we work together to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
An abundance of blessings to you and your family in the new year,
Carolyn Y. Woo
|Posted by John for starnews on December 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah was joined by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and representatives of the U.S. Government and co-sponsoring organizations at the week's International Engagement Conference for South Sudan in Washington, D.C. The conference, which took place December 14-15 , honored the new nation and formally started a development and investment dialogue with leaders of the Republic of South Sudan and public law society sectors.
In his remarks, South Sudan President Salva Kiir outlined the government's strategic development priorities and highlighted opportunities for engagement with public and private sector partners. Dr. Shah noted: "Today we remain committed to supporting the people and Government of South Sudan build a peaceful, prosperous future."
The first day of the conference focused on those development and policy priorities of the Republic of South Sudan that will serve as key architectural components for the new nation. The second day of the conference focused on private sector and investment opportunities, in line with the economic priorities of the Republic of South Sudan.
USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah (right) introduces Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of the Republic of South Sudan, at the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan on Dec. 14, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Photo copyright Kendra Helmer/USAID
|Posted by John for starnews on December 14, 2011 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
Wish You Merry Christmas And Blessed Happy New Yeaar
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All over the world, transport is the most central linking tool, people can reach each other while using transport means, most of he transportation machines; generally cycles, motors, cars, planes , ships, boards and trains are of various made-up, all mentioned got several understanding " some in term of speed, quality and luxurious, capacity, size, color and other significant elements such as safety, security and economy "Job Act is deserve here..." I would like to add my voice to the progressive impact upon the US role in improving the internal and external transportation network system, I am reaching you from the newest nation of the world; South Sudan.
By taking a balance, our country I mean the Republic of South Sudan, the transport system in our nation is still as behind the standard, this is in term of roads and other facilities, there is no yet a measurable standard in all the inputs that determine the deliberation of the whole Transportation Services. Hence, I want to put this very clearer that the Republic of South Sudan need actually vertical and horizontal inputs to show standard within the net work system of the Transportation.
In technological-wise, it will be of great advantage for the people of the two nations to give a deeper look into the subject matter.
In brief there is still a room for introducing majors to improve general transportation system if it is by land,river, sea and air, there are many rooms which can introduce strong partisanship between the American Transport Department ,companies, agencies and the South Sudanese institutions concern for Transportation establishment and Transportation development.
I am talking about both, "the vertical and the horizontal aspects of Transportation". In 2010, I have seen the largest transportation network system across most of the US- States, as I moved from Washington, Chicago, Orlando, Indianapolis, Omaha, Grand Island, Los Angles other small towns plus center around the majors cities, is actually, very great Transportation system, I got the clear sight of the American people's strength about the air ports system, cities roads, countries and safari roads. In the US I think the the two: "vertical and horizontal setup systems" are perfect, therefore, the cars are relevant to the roads and planes are matching with the airports as well the boards and ships are smart with rivers and seas respectively, I crossed the Banana river... and it was as heaven..
But taking advancement into high consideration, I think the Engineers, the Workforce and the policy-maker generally in these sensitive fields of Transportation, all are doing their best in developing the Transportation system.
Comentary on: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/11/anacostia-river.html
|Posted by John for starnews on November 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
On October 24, Secretary Clinton announced an additional $100 million, primarily in food assistance, for drought-affected populations in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. With this announcement, the United States Government, the largest humanitarian donor to the region, is providing over $750 million to meet ongoing and urgent humanitarian needs, including approximately $175 million in humanitarian assistance for Somalia.
More than13.3 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa, primarily in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. The United States is deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa, the famine that is occurring in parts of Somalia, the ongoing conflict and political instability within Somalia, and the escalating refugee crisis across the region. A large-scale international response is underway to prevent the further deterioration of an already dire situation, but there will be no quick fix.
The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the region, now providing over $750 million in life-saving assistance to those in need. This assistance has reached nearly 4.6 million people, many of whom would otherwise have died from starvation or related diseases. Al-Shabaab’s continued efforts to block nongovernmental organization access to the most vulnerable areas of Somalia and its limitations on the delivery of life sustaining humanitarian assistance further exacerbates the humanitarian crisis. Because emergency assistance will not solve the underlying problems in the region, the United States also is developing long-term food security in Kenya and Ethiopia through the President’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, to help prevent such crises from recurring.
Humanitarian Assistance to Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and Drought Affected Populations: Reports from inside Somalia indicate the situation is growing increasingly desperate. The over $750 million the United States is providing includes protection and assistance for refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, including funding for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) recent Emergency Appeal for Somali Refugees as well as other humanitarian partners working inside and outside Somalia. Our diplomacy and our dollars leverage support from other donors for international protection and assistance efforts. These efforts are critical to saving lives and maintaining access to safe asylum in Somalia’s neighboring countries, even as those countries struggle with the worst drought in 60 years.
U.S. assistance also supports health, nutrition, agriculture and food security, economic recovery and market systems, logistics and relief commodities, humanitarian coordination and information management, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya. The United States is addressing the immediate life-saving needs of affected populations while also building communities’ resilience to future shocks.
Food Security: Part of our humanitarian assistance provides food assistance to drought-affected individuals and allows our food aid partners, including the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), to expand geographic coverage and scale up feeding programs in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia and Kenya. In total, the United States is providing approximately $536 million in humanitarian food aid to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
The U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) have maintained a strong presence in the region for decades, enabling the humanitarian community to identify conditions based on an extensive analysis of historical and current rainfall, cropping patterns, livestock health, market prices and malnutrition rates. Early warning of the crisis in the Horn of Africa by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and Famine Early Warning Systems Network allowed the United States to alert other donors and preposition food stock and quickly scale up emergency programs to meet the increasing needs in the region.
Feed the Future: President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, which helps address the root causes of hunger and undernutrition through sustainable development of entire agricultural value chains, is critical at this time. Increasing the resilience and further developing the capacity of pastoralists to engage in a commercially viable livestock trade is crucial to breaking the disaster cycle across the Horn. By working with other donors and governments in the region, Feed the Future will increase overall agricultural production.
For example, Ethiopia’s Feed the Future program emphasizes improving early warning systems, disaster risk management, and development of alternative income sources in pastoralist and agriculture areas through programs including Ethiopia’s Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative. This program has increased the value and sales of livestock by improving livestock health services, institutionalizing early warning and response, and improving land and water management. At the regional level, East Africa’s Livestock Trade program increases the quality and availability of trade information, improving animal health, and building capacity for private sector trade groups.
Total U.S. Government Funding for Humanitarian Assistance to Horn of Africa
Amount (In Millions)
Agriculture, Food Security, Economic Recovery, Health, Coordination and Information, Nutrition, Protection, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and other International Partners
International Development Assistance, Cash-Based Programs, and Emergency Food Assistance for Drought-Affected Areas.
Total Assistance to Somalia
The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other Implementing Partners
Agriculture, Food Security, Economic Recovery and Market Systems, Humanitarian Studies, and Nutrition, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
Emergency Food Assistance for Drought-Affected Areas, Emergency Food Assistance for Refugees.
Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), international NGOs, and other international organizations
Support for Refugee Protection and Assistance
Total Assistance to Kenya
U.N. Department of Safety and Security, U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF, WFP, and international and local NGOs
Agriculture and Food Security, Humanitarian Coordination and Information Management, Logistics and Relief Commodities, Nutrition, Protection, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
Food Assistance for Refugees, Relief Food Assistance for Drought-Affected Areas
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) /
Relief Food Assistance
UNHCR, International NGOs, and other international organizations
Refugee Protection and Assistance
Total Assistance to Ethiopia
Title II Emergency Food Assistance
Refugee Protection and Assistance
Total Assistance to Djibouti
ICRC and UNHCR
Support to Regional Activities
Total Regional Assistance
TOTAL U.S. GOVERNMENT HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE HORN OF AFRICA IN FY 2011 and FY 2012
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