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Songs of Triumph At Sudan-Reach, we know that our vision of a better Sudan is boldly optimistic. We are under no illusions about the heavy toll exacted by poverty, conflict and oppression. Yet from the mouths of Sudanese women—some of whom you will meet in this report—we hear reason to remain dedicated to this vision. In their own words, supporters and women in poor communities alike express a shared commitment to creating a world where poverty has been overcome and everyone lives in dignity and security. We see signs that progress is being made toward achieving our vision. So many women who had neither the education nor the will to transform their lives, are now generating income, going to college, supporting families, and sending their little girls to school. We work alongside communities and partner organizations to fuel such progress and help women rebuild their lives. In villages from El-Obeid in Western Sudan, to Nimule in South Sudan, we have helped women and families fulfill their rights to adequate food, safe water, and education. We place special focus on working with impoverished women because our experience has taught us that, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty. Inspired by the hundreds of women with whom we work, Sudan-Reach’s “Empower-a-Woman” campaign has linked women in the United States with the poorest of Sudanese women. The campaign has helped more than fifty women start income generating projects. Increasingly, our supporters are working together to bring to light issues of poverty and gender-based violence in Sudan. We continue to advocate on behalf of these women and raise awareness on the challenges they face. Every day, women work with Sudan-Reach to expand the control they have over their own lives and strengthen their ability to advance positive, enduring change in their societies. Although we are often in the midst of the most difficult situations, we hear the voices of hope and the songs of triumph. To these we lend our own voices, speaking boldly of a safe and just world for women.


Loloa Ibrahim, Director of Programs

Sumaya Elias Sumaya Elias, Board Chair


The Sudan-Reach Women’s Foundation 99 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge, MA 02139 Tel: 617.909.9576

The Sudan-reach women’s foundation ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Our vision

The Sudan-Reach Women's Foundation is committed to helping Sudanese women and girls realize their highest potential for personal and social growth through self-empowerment, education, and self-sufficiency. Our goal is to promote positive change in women's lives and enhance the communities in which they live. At Sudan-Reach we believe that by empowering women, we can empower families, communities, and countries. The wide spectrum of services that we make available to women and girls includes providing resources and development opportunities; promoting and facilitating education; and fostering women’s self-sufficiency. Sudan-Reach strives to find innovative ways to overcome conditions standing between women and their potential. If women get a fair chance to learn, grow, and succeed, their lives—and our world—would be transformed for the better.


To relieve poverty and distress through the provision of economic assistance to women To promote economic self-sufficiency for Sudanese women To help foster, protect, and promote women’s human rights in Sudan To promote the education of Sudanese women and girls

THE FACTS ABOUT SUDAN The statistics about women in Sudan speak for themselves. 90% of the residents of Khartoum live under the poverty line. Literacy rates among women are 51.8%. The prevalence of major infectious diseases in poor, rural communities; high maternal mortality rates; the lack of security; and a women’s vulnerability to rape and gender violence are all issues that pose a serious problem to women’s development.

Gender Inequality in Education Adult literacy rate, female (% ages 15 and above): 51.8 % Adult literacy rate, male (% ages 15 and above): 71.1% Enrollment ratio for primary, secondary and tertiary level schools, female (%): 34 % Enrollment ratio for primary, secondary and tertiary level schools, male (%): 39% Gender Development index Estimated earned income, female (PPP US $): $778 Estimated earned income, male (PPP US $): $3105 Source: World Development Indicators

We spoke to local institutions in Sudan to learn more about the services that were needed there. These included orphanages, schools, clinics and community organizations. They all pointed towards a need to not only empower women economically, but to help transform the cultural forces that hinder change and promote the notion of women as “incapable”. Our goal is to dispel pre-existing notions that women have about themselves and their roles in Sudanese society.

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Our PROGRAMS Sudan-Reach is committed to all Sudanese women regardless of ethnicity, disability, race, political affiliation, or religious belief. Our work to fight poverty and empower women is carried out through the following programs. The Women's Education Initiative Renovates girls’ schools and provides educational materials and equipment such as books, desks, chairs, stationary, and other crucial supplies. Program also funds the education of young girls. The Women's Self Sufficiency Project Empowers women to achieve self-sufficiency by establishing micro-economic projects and home-based business to help generate income. The Orphan Project Project provides funding, renovations, clothing and supplies to institutions that provide orphan care—offering hope to the young lives that depend on them. Aid to Women and Families Distributes relief supplies and provides safe water installations to refugee women and families on the outskirts of Khartoum. Develops innovative ways to effectively serve impoverished communities. The Sudan-Reach Scholarship Program Offers small grants to college age Sudanese women. The Empower-A-Woman Campaign Links women in the United States with women in Sudan offering an opportunity for supporters to return their own message of solidarity and support for poor women. U.S donors fund income generating projects that enable women to create a better world for themselves and their families.

Highlights of our work in FY06 Sudan-Reach works in three regions of the country to empower women and families in the fight against poverty. In fiscal year 2006 our generous and committed donors enabled us to reach hundreds of people. The following are some of the highlights of our work in FY06: •

Our education programs expanded opportunities for more than 200 young girls to attend school. Our efforts to rebuild and renovate facilities—providing much needed ceiling fans in classrooms, water stations in play grounds, and gardens in schools—has improved the quality of education of young girls

Over 100 women, 30 of whom are now independent businesses owners, increased their economic opportunities through SudanReach projects that teach business skills, fund small businesses, and offer opportunities for women to attend classes for vocational training

We support more than 80 orphans a year through collaboration with institutions that provide orphan care in various parts of the country

We offered two scholarships to women from South Sudan who were directly affected by the civil war in the south

We sponsored a women’s clinic in Haj Yousef Khartoum which now receives annual funding and medical supplies from Sudan-Reach

We have planted gardens in 5 schools and partnered with local organizations to carry out environmental projects that include clean-up and tree planting at parks and schools

We distributed 200 boxes of relief supplies containing foods and other essentials to needy families

We have offered trainings and workshops at over 15 towns and villages to help educate women about their rights, health, and their important roles in society

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In working towards our objectives, we address the following categories of social change: A Shift in Definition Our work causes a shift within the Sudanese community, where it is extremely crucial to redefine the role of women and help them become better empowered, and better role models for the future generation of women. Sudan-Reach Works with women who have been marginalized and largely abandoned by their communities. This is party due to racial or ethnic discrimination, the social stigma of rape, or the general belief that poor women are “beyond repair” or will never make a vital contribution to society. By offering hope to women who are largely considered “invisible,” Sudan-Reach aims to cause a shift to the manner in which the community sees and treats its poor and displaced. In time, people will begin to realize that a) these women exist, and b) that change is possible with the right support. Women that were once ignored and deemed insignificant will prove that they can thrive, heal, and empower one another. The shift is intended not only for the general community, but also within the community of the women themselves who have completely surrendered to pre-existing beliefs about their own abilities. A Shift in Behavior As a product of shifting the way women define themselves, and the way individuals define women as agents of change, we hope to shift the behavior of individuals in the community and prompt a positive response towards women’s empowerment as a means of promoting stability and peace. More importantly, we will cause a shift in the behavior of Sudanese women by offering them an opportunity to see themselves as agents of change and to better understand their important roles in society. We will also empower them with the ideals of selfsufficiency, work, self-worth, and help dispel myths about the value of a woman’s education.

Women that were once ignored and deemed insignificant will prove that they can thrive, heal, and empower one another.

A Shift in Engagement: Sudan-Reach was founded on the principle of women helping women. Our staff are all women, all Sudanese, and all volunteer. Through our work, we foster a spirit of volunteerism and serve as a thriving community where women from vastly different socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds work together in the spirit of healing. In so doing, we accomplish a significant shift in engagement in an issue that has long been neglected by the community at large and we unite women from all levels of the country’s economically segregated society in the spirit of sisterhood and solidarity.



9% Support Services and Fundraising

30% Education 35% Relief Services

25% Self Sufficiency

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Stories of triumph AMINA’S STORY My name is Amina Eltayib. I am the mother of five children. I live in Haj Yousef with my sister and her family. I have never worked before in my life and relied on my husband to support my children and I for many years. For the past two years, however, my husband has not been working.

children and for friends and relatives. I could never afford to buy the sewing equipment and materials needed to start a sewing business. Sudan-Reach provided me with everything I needed to start my business. Today, I am The idea of work was frightening to me. the neighborhood I had no previous experience and didn’t seamstress! I couldn’t think I had the skills to do any kind of be prouder of my new work until Sudan-Reach came into my profession. I feel that I life in January of 2007. I sat down with have accomplished one of their representatives to find ways something that I always thought was to help me generate income. impossible. I am so grateful to SudanReach! I knew how to sew clothes and in the past I had made clothes for my own

RAJAA’S STORY The Empower-a-Woman Campaign allows U.S. based donors to support a Sudanese woman in starting an income generating project. The Campaign continues to be one of our most successful initiatives. An example of how our small-scale projects can translate into large-scale impact is evident through the experience of Rajaa.

Amina & Sudan-Reach Staff member Hoda Fahmi

“The idea of work was frightening to me. I had no previous experience and didn’t think I had the skills to do any kind of work until Sudan-Reach came into my life in January of 2007.” - Amina Eltayib.

A determined young woman, Rajaa had an ambitious goal of starting an International calling center where clients pay a fee to place long distance calls. However, she had neither the training nor the funds to embark on this venture. When she met Sudan-Reach in 2005 she was awarded a tuition grant to receive business training. Upon the successful completion of her studies, Sudan-Reach assisted her in starting a small project that would help her generate income. Rajaa chose to sell cosmetics while setting aside some money to start her telephone communications project. By 2007, she had saved enough to purchase the necessary equipment and secure a small office location for her business. Today Rajaa is the proud owner of Manshia Telephone Communications Center. Rajaa's success would not have been possible without the generous support of our U.S based donors whose support to the Empower a Woman Campaign helps women like Rajaa realize their dreams.

“Women today have a keen interest in making the world a better place. We see the terrible human suffering caused by war, poverty, and disease, and we know the brunt of that suffering is being borne by women and girls. The “Empower a Woman Campaign” has given me a way to channel my energy towards helping some of the world’s poorest women. When I learned that the woman I was supporting had rebuilt her life, sent her children to school and found a home, I was moved to tears. This Campaign has given me an extraordinary opportunity to transform another woman’s life. I’m proud to be part of it.” —Zeina Awad, Sudan-Reach Member and Supporter

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In Darfur, western Sudan, a catastrophic crisis is occurring. Each day, civilians face prospects of mass killings, torture, rape, destruction of villages, theft and other human rights abuses. Over 2 million people have been affected by this genocide. In February 2003, an armed opposition group called the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) emerged in the Darfur region of western Sudan in response to the government’s failure to protect villagers from attacks. In addition to government protection, the group demanded better economic resources and opportunities for their people. Soon after, another armed opposition group called the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) surfaced citing similar complaints. The Sudanese government There have been numerous reports of killings of men decided to suppress these armed opposition groups with venturing outside the camps and rapes of women and force. girls. Children are said to be dying from malnutrition, thousands are estimated to be at risk of starvation and The people of Darfur have been attacked by Janjawid the current supplies of food, water and medicine have militias - bands of fighters backed by the Sudanese been deemed insufficient. The deteriorating humanitarian Government. The Janjawid have been responsible for situation in the Darfur and Chad camps is additionally mass killings, torture, arbitrary arrest, detention, the compounded by administrative delays imposed by the torching of homes and entire villages, and the theft and Sudanese authorities on international humanitarian deliberate destruction of crops and cattle. organizations and the ensuing logistic difficulties caused by the rainy season. One Sudanese who reached Khartoum after three months in Mukjar camp, said: “It is not a camp but a prison.”


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Unarmed Darfurian Citizens Refugees and internally displaced persons Children forced into conflict Women and girls—victims of rape and gender-based violence

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS Internally displaced persons living in makeshift camps are continued targets of attacks. Food is scarce and sanitary conditions appalling in the camps inhabited by those displaced by the conflict. Some of the IDP camps are under the control of the Janjawid militia – the very people who caused the IDPs to flee from their villages.

WOMEN AND GIRLS Much of the violence perpetuated in the Darfur conflict includes grave human rights abuses against women. Human rights violations that have specifically targeted women and girls include abductions, sexual slavery, torture and forced displacement. In many cases the Janjawid have raped women in public, in the open air, in front of their husbands, relatives or the wider community. Women who survive this violence often suffer from severe mental and physical health problems, unwanted pregnancies, social stigmatization, and economic difficulties. Not a single member of the Janjawid or the armed forces has been charged with committing rape or abductions.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa

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advocacy Darfur awareness •

Since its inception, Sudan-Reach has collaborated with over 30 student groups to bring Darfur awareness to college campuses across America

Every year, we screen films about Darfur and/or Sudan to audiences in the U.S.

Sudan-Reach distributes literature to hundreds of individuals, groups, and supporters each year

We have circulated petitions and initiated letter-writing campaigns urging legislators to put pressure on the Sudanese government to resolve the conflict in Darfur

We collaborate with other advocacy and human rights organizations to publicize awareness campaigns and participate in rallies, activist events, and conferences

We present workshops at colleges and universities to educate students about Sudan and the challenges women face

Voices of Hope Marian Antoch, A Sudanese Human Rights Activist Sudan was once called the "breadbasket" of Africa; a land of enormous potential. Where people from diverse religions and ethnicities co-existed in relative peace. And although most people knew Sudan only as "some country" in Africa, those who came in contact with Sudanese culture fell instantly in love with the generosity and good-nature they found there. Today, the image is entirely different. Today when we hear the name Sudan we think of dictatorship, poverty, a gruesome war, hunger, and of course, Darfur. Today the image is one of death, and massive human suffering. As a woman, I feel a strong sense of despair at the thought of this suffering and the sad reality that the sufferers are mostly women. War does unthinkable things to women and their families. As a result of the war in the South, almost two million Southerners were forced to desert their homes and flee as refugees to the less-welcoming North. Most of these were women and children. Once in the North, they are forced to live in camps lacking all the necessities of a decent living. In order to survive, women have had to compete for very limited work opportunities like washers or maids. Some have

The Sudan-Reach Women's Foundation offers a way for “As a woman, I feel a women to band strong sense of detogether to combat spair at the thought poverty and injustice. Their vision is of this suffering, and to return Sudan to the sad reality that the glory of its past the sufferers are and their strategy is mostly women.” to accomplish this through the infinitely creative, In the North, where things powerful, and are considerably more resilient spirit of comfortable and safe, peowomen. Afterall, when we empower a ple are still not without hardship and sufwoman we can empower a family, a fering. The media often paints a picture of community, and a country. the Northern "Arab" surrounded by luxury; a slave owner, and a brutal oppressor. But When or how Sudan can return to its previthe reality is that Northerners, especially ous glory is a difficult question that women, are suffering greatly albeit in an encourages a host of complex answers, entirely different way. While they are not doubts, and uncertainties. But the hopes subjected the same level of violence, of so many Sudanese citizens, myself almost 90 percent of them live under the included, is that the attention of the poverty line. Many women have been widworld, the giving spirit of everyday people, owed by the war, many die of preventable and the tireless efforts of devoted organidiseases, many have seen their children, zations like Sudan-Reach, will help the husbands, and siblings persecuted and country emerge from years of poverty with tortured by the government. And all of women at the forefront of its victory. them don't have the voice or the power to protest these injustices. resorted to prostitution or the brewing of alcohol-two occupations that are considered serious crimes and often result in jail time. With their mothers jailed, children are left homeless. So authorities began allowing mothers to keep their children with them in the prisons. .

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Future projects BACKGROUND

THE safe-house PROJECT

Sudan has a population of 30 million people of diverse ethnic groups. Khartoum, the capital, has a population of 7 million, 2 million of whom are displaced people who live in camps and makeshift homes around the city. These camps, for the most part, have no roads, electricity, or running water.

Sudan-Reach seeks to establish a Safe House that will provide a home setting for up to 25 women at a time. In this nurturing, private environment, women will be given the opportunity to heal emotionally and physically and become better prepared to reintegrate into society.

A 30 year civil war in South Sudan has lead to the economic and political deterioration of the region, resulting in tens of thousands of Southern Sudanese refugees and displaced persons settling in Khartoum. These groups are especially vulnerable to hunger and continued poverty. Although that war has ended, many Southern Sudanese women and girls still cope with the trauma of war and lack the support and resources to overcome to these conditions.

The Sudan-Reach Safe House will provide a furnished house with bathrooms, shower, and kitchen facilities. The home will also provide a courtyard with space for a garden and a small poultry farm that will be entirely cared for and utilized by the residents.

The on-going devastation in Darfur has had catastrophic effects on women and girls who have been subjected to unthinkable bloodshed and violence by the governmentbacked Janjawid militia. Hundreds of thousands of women have been displaced, raped, and killed since the violence began. Without a concentrated effort to provide shelter, food, health care, counseling and job training to women, there is no end to the poverty and destitution that they face. A successful program beyond providing necessities for survival will have to address their trauma and their beliefs about themselves in a setting that is collaborative, healing, and empowering.

The Safe-House will accept women and girls who have been displaced by war, have been subjected to rape or physical violence, or are chronically homeless and without family support. The home will provide a nurturing, collaborative environment in which women empower women through group activities, one-onone counseling, open dialogue, and teamwork. At full capacity, the Sudan-Reach Safe House could provide much needed services for up to 150 women per year. This program will draw on local resources, volunteers, health-care professionals, and women leaders and serve as a model for social service providers elsewhere in Khartoum and the surrounding regions.


Board of Directors

Loloa Ibrahim Founder & Director of Programs

Sumaya Elias Professor of Linguistics Defense Language Institute

Laura Martin Program Manager Ibrahim Elmekki Director of Operations (Sudan) Hoda Fahmi Program Coordinator (Sudan) Hanafi Fadul Program Coordinator (Sudan)

Loloa Ibrahim Sudan-Reach Director Sulafa Sahel Program Manager, Save the Children Randa Ibrahim Analyst, American Red Cross Aliyaa Taha Vice President, Safegate Inc.

W W W. S U D A N R E A C H . O R G The Sudan-Reach Women’s Foundation offers hope to hundreds of women in a country that has few outlets for women to seek services that provide support, empowerment, and education. Our work promotes the value of a woman’s education and makes every possible effort to ensure that girls remain in school. We help change existing beliefs about a women’s role in society by promoting and facilitating a woman’s ability to work, earn income, and provide for her children. We strongly believe in and promote the notion of women helping women, women leading by example, and women as agents of change. By helping women become educated and self sustaining, we profoundly affect their beliefs about themselves, their abilities, and the beliefs they instill in their daughters. Through their tremendous courage and our innovative programs, we break down barriers, transform social norms, and help women rebuild their lives.

THE SUDAN-REACH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION 99 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge, MA 02139

“Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” - Robert F. Kennedy

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