Looking back, moving forward

Prayer of thanks

Dear Friends and supporters of SSVCF,

I would like to thank all of you on this last day of 2014. You should know that 2014 has been one the most difficult years in the history of the Southern Sudan region. Your support and donations have helped us to keep the Clinic operating since we opened 12 months ago.

Thank you for being a great ambassadors of these villages. It is my hope that you will continue to help the Foundation in the coming year. We do not know what 2015 will look like, though I hope it will be a peaceful and successful year for those who made impacts in other people’s lives and the South Sudanese people as well.

I’d also like to both welcome and introduce two of our newest board members.

Patrick ShoresPatrick Shores is Founder and President of the Rochester based non-profit organization Untapped Shores International.
Ann FreyAnn Frey brings experience as a member of non-profit boards and interest and knowledge of African issues.

Thank you,
Palath Thonchar
Founder & Executive director of the South Sudan Village Care Foundation

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Thank You for Your Continued Support!

tasteOfAfrica Thank you too all of our supporters who came out to City Grill on September 26 to enjoy the tastes and sounds of Africa! It was an eventful evening with delicious food and an energetic performance by Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble. Thank you also to our emcee, Andrea Holland, for taking part in our event. Because of you we were able to raise the $5,000 necessary to establish a contract with United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) to provide transportation of our medicines and supplies to the clinic. As we continue our work to provide medical support the people of South Sudan, learn more about how you can help!

Celebrate with a Taste of Africa!

Come celebrate the first anniversary of our medical clinic in South Sudan! Join us for this special “A Taste of Africa” fundraiser as we honor the volunteers and donors who have made a positive impact on the lives of more than 3,000 people in South Sudan. As the only medical facility for miles, our clinic depends on your generosity to continue providing vital health care treatment for villagers in the coming year.

Friday, September 26, 2014
The Ballroom at City Grill

East Avenue Inn and Suites
384 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
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5-6PM: Happy Hour Check-in
6-8PM: Dinner and entertainment

Your evening includes:

  • An African-inspired four course meal
  • A performance by the Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble
  • An inspirational keynote address from South Sudan Village Care Foundation founder and Lost Boy, Palath Thonchar
  • Silent auction of hand-made African goods, reverse raffle and wine pull

We’re Operational Again!

The clinic is open and serving patients after a fresh shipment of medicines and supplies. We thank Samaritan’s Purse for helping us transport this shipment from Juba this past month. Please consider a donation so that operations can continue. It is the rainy season in South Sudan, and transportation costs are higher. Birthing supplies and medicines to treat dehydration, malnutrition, and infections are greatly needed and much appreciated.

Cause to Celebrate!

Our Clinic

This August we’ll be celebrating the clinic’s one-year anniversary! Six months ago, volunteers and local villagers completed building the clinic and we began operations. In just the first eight weeks of operations our medical attendant Emmanuel Jau treated more than 1,200 men, women, and children. Since then, the clinic staff has seen nearly 3,000 patients and recently hired a third staff member, John Chol, to help with the growing demand.

Stay tuned for the “save the date” announcement of our anniversary celebration/fall fundraiser!

Clinic Update – May 12, 2014

As you may well know, conflict between governing factions in South Sudan broke out last December which forced us to close the clinic in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff members. We were able to re-open after two weeks, but soon ran out of medicine and the continued unsettledness prevented the staff from traveling to Juba (the South Sudan Capital) for supplies. Continue reading

Wine Pairing Fundraiser & Silent Auction


Thank You to our wonderful supporters that either attended our fundraiser, made a donation, or sent good wishes. ~$9,500 was raised along with receiving a $16,000 donation. Palath shared the great news that in the first 3 weeks of the clinic’s opening (August 12th), 974 people were treated; many walking up to 5 hours to get help. Now, we have served almost 2000, and the number grows each day. We are currently searching for a Midwife to enhance our services. Your contributions make it possible, and we send our heartfelt appreciation. Continue reading

Palath’s Journey Home – 2012

Journey Home

Palath had the chance to return home to South Sudan to visit family and friends, and to plan the location for the Clinic in December, 2011. Since this visit, Palath has hired an on-site Manager to carry on the day-to-day activities. The structure is being put up “as we speak.” The Clinic is underway and is located in Panthur, South Sudan. The structure is getting finishing touches from the community, an additional hut area is being built, Philip (our On-site Manager) is planning to hire a nurse, and medical supplies will be brought in. Palath has made it happen! We are on the way… Continue reading