An Announcement from The South Sudan Village Care Foundation

Dear Donors and Friends of the Foundation,

We, the Board of Directors, have decided it is the appropriate time to turn the responsibility for the Medical Clinic and its operations over to the leaders and people of South Sudan as of December 15, 2016. They will be the ones to determine how best to carry on with the critical mission of helping the people of the Panrieng community. The clinic staff is in place, and they are currently operating with recently supplied medicines. Near year end, the South Sudan Village Care Foundation will disband and no longer exist.

Since the clinic opened on August 12, 2013, over 10,000 women, children and men have been helped during terribly desperate and horrific times. This is thanks to the generosity of you and the Rochester community. Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with the people of South Sudan as they work to achieve a lasting peace for the sake of all.

With our heartfelt thanks for your support during this life changing journey and important endeavor,

Martha Dieter
Ann Frey
Ken Schlecht
Mary Jo Schlecht
Heather Salamone

South Sudan Village Care Foundation Board Members

An opportunity for Palath

It is with both pride and personal sadness that we share this letter from our founder, Palath Thonchar. Palath has been given an amazing opportunity to return to South Sudan as a Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources; a role which will have a great and lasting impact on the people there. It has always been Palath’s mission to help improve the lives in his village. In his new role, he will work to improve lives across all of Ruweng State (Panrieng and Abiemnhom). In his personal time, Palath will visit the clinic and be a local resource for the staff to communicate their successes and current needs.

We, the board members of South Sudan Village Care Foundation, are committed to continuing Palath’s mission to sustain the medical clinic in Panrieng. We wish Palath the very best on his new journey, as we continue along our journey with your support.

Palath Thonchar

Palath Thonchar

Dear friends and supporters of the South Sudan Village Care Foundation,

I am writing this message to inform you that I have stepped down from Board as of 4/11/2016. I have accepted a position in Ruweng State in South Sudan as a Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources. In this capacity, I will work hand-in-hand with farmers across the state of Ruweng in South Sudan so we can defeat hunger in Ruweng State and South Sudan. It is a tough task and I hope to make a difference.

As you all know, almost 15 years ago in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya I got in the line  to get the opportunity to come to America. And for the last 14 years and 10 months I made Rochester my new home. I am proud to say thank you for welcoming me and my friends to Rochester on June, 14, 2001. Over the last four years you all joined me on a journey of helping South Sudanese in the Village of Panrieng, South Sudan.

Today, I have decided to take on a different task of helping the same people of Ruweng State (Panrieng and Abiemnhom) back in South Sudan in a different way. This doesn’t mean the work you and I have done during those hours, days, months and years will come to an end.

On 3/23/2016 I was at the clinic and yes the clinic is still saving lives. That will continue with your support to the team on the ground. We have treated more than 10,000 children, women and men since we begun the work four years ago. I am asking all of you once again to continue with your support and the great work you have shown over the years.

I will see you in the near future.
Thank you,
Palath Thonchar

We’re saving lives thanks to your generous donations!

Thank you to Greece Rotary Foundation!

Thank you to Greece Rotary Foundation!

Thank you to Greece Rotary Foundation for a $1,000 donation toward the purchase of mosquito nets for the clinic. Heather Salamone (2nd from left) and Palath Thonchar (far right) presented an update on the clinic, and graciously accepted Rotary’s generous donation on behalf of South Sudan Village Care Foundation. Palath is in South Sudan right now, and he personally purchased 68 nets of varying sizes in Nairobi, Kenya. They will help protect families from mosquitoes transmitting Malaria.

This contribution comes at an important time, as we are still trying to raise the funds necessary to hire an “In-Country Representative” to be stationed in Juba, South Sudan for a 6-month period. With just a few days left, we have only $13,000 toward our goal of $25,000.


We have a very specific and very urgent need that you can help with today.

UPDATE on 3/10: We have reached nearly 60% of our campaign goal! We are able to extend this fundraising effort by just one month to get closer to the goal.

If you haven’t already, please consider making a contribution and sharing this message with friends. We’re so close! Thank you for your support.

South Sudan Village Care FoundationWe have just learned about an AMAZING grant opportunity to obtain funds for Our Clinic that are available right now!


To do this, we need to raise $25,000 over the next 20 days to hire an “In-Country Representative” to be stationed in Juba, South Sudan for a 6-month period.

We know how passionate you are about the success of our clinic; share that passion with your friends, family and co-workers. Rally the troops! This is the moment to make a difference that can impact Panrieng, South Sudan for years to come!

This money will be used to recruit, hire, transport, establish an office, accommodations and pay a salary for our representative.

This individual will then work full time as a liaison with NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and local government agencies to write grants and obtain funds that are available right now to help those suffering from the health crisis that so many are facing. Our representative will also work with our clinic manager to help with the ongoing need of buying and transporting medicines, and will be present during on-site meetings where our needs are discussed.

We have less than 20 days to secure the funds necessary to hire our representative. The success of the clinic depends on your generosity.

Asante Sana!
Thank you very much, in Swahili

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Thank You from Panrieng, South Sudan

Because of your generous contributions, over 5,000 people have been served this year.

In 2016, we would love to help even more! It costs $625 each week to maintain our operations.
Now more than ever, we need your support. Every contribution helps us to sustain medications, medical supplies, food, transportation, and staffing.


Your donations are saving lives and bringing hope.
Our medical staff have helped nearly 10,000 patients, many of whom have walked hours to receive care.
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Every gift you make goes directly to the clinic

South Sudan Village Care Foundation
Thank you to all our wonderful friends and supporting donors. This year’s fundraising profits totaled over $11,000. Your amazing gifts will help us continually support the 9,000 women, children, and men that have already received care at our medical clinic in Panrieng,Unity State. Thousands more will come because this is a place where the weak get stronger, and Mothers and Fathers get help for their children and themselves. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. We promise each and every gift you make goes directly to the clinic. $625/week is needed to buy medicines and air transport them to the clinic, and maintain operations thru the hard work of our clinic staff. Thank You Emmanuel (our Medical Attendant) and Philip (on-site Manager) and our cook/housekeeper for keeping the doors open to those that come desperately looking for help and relief.
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May 30 Chicken Bar-B-Que Dinner in Brockport!

The Church of the Nativity’s Human Concerns Committee will be hosting a Chicken Bar-B-Que Dinner to support The South Sudan Village Care Foundation.

Catered by 58 Main Saturday, May 30
Pick up your dinner between 4-7 p.m. at Bill Gray’s parking lot located at
4647 Lake Road South, Brockport, NY {get directions}

$10 tickets, pre-sale only through May 24th. Tickets can be ordered by calling Jim Goetz at (585) 637-5546.
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