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19, rue du Rhône
1204 Genf

Phone No.: +41 (0)22 311 20 22, +41 (0)62 298 21 45 (Dr. Höfler)
Fax No.: +41 (0)22 310 21 93
Contact person: Dr. Alfred Höfler (Deutschschweizer Kontaktperson: Milackerweg 9, CH-4655 Stüsslingen)


The Association was established in 1979 to support the activities of Sister Emmanuelle. The Association consists only of volunteers.

Our activities:

• Homes: The homes, our oldest programme, take in orphans who are placed in the care of Sudanese couples, who act as foster parents and try to establish new family ties with them. Children receive food, medical attention, schooling and the affection so necessary to a child’s survival. Seven homes (four for girls and three for boys) are hosting about 200 children. All of them are orphans who survived the war raging in the South.
• Farms: The farms were set up to cater for the older children, the adolescents who are becoming more numerous, and to whom, in addition to primary and secondary education, we wished to provide the possibility for them to learn a trade. They learn how to cultivate the soil and rear cattle and in fact they produce enough food not only to nourish themselves but also contribute food supplies for the homes.
• Vocational training workshops: This program is, without doubt, the most important we have to help both the young people and the adults to become self-sufficient. In fact, every time one of our trainees leaves us, having completed his course and with a certificate proving his competence in his pocket, and he succeeds in finding a job, it gives confidence to all the others. In our 5 centres workshops provide training in carpentry, masonry, welding, computer, electricity, agricultural techniques and tailoring for both men and women. In two of the centres, we started refrigeration and air-conditioning workshops; in another one, leatherwork is taught.
• Medical program: Around hundred people, all Sudanese, are working on this program. These teams have totalised more than 50 000 consultations and treated 25 types of disease per year.
• Water program: The camps in the desert where the people have been displaced desperately need drinking water. Three tankers are supplying everyday about 120,000 litres of drinking water to these camps and to the 60 schools of the Archdiocese of Khartum present there.
• Babies Feeding Program (Supplementary food for small children): We established this program in 2002 on learning that, in the poorest areas of the suburban shanty towns, several hundred children under the age of five were suffering from malnutrition so serious as to cause irreversible brain damage.
• Help to the "rakubas": In 1986 we provided a great deal of assistance to the Catholic Church in setting up, managing and financing schools situated on the outskirts of Khartoum and at Omdurman. These centres (also called "rakubas" or bamboo schools) cater for almost 52,000 children who, until recently, received, in addition to primary and secondary schooling, a daily meal. The results of these school-children have been extremely good and a number of them have obtained entrance to universities.
• Assistance to the handicapped: An average of 50 tricycles are manufactured and distributed every year together with artificial limbs.
• Other micro-projects: SVDP Sudan also supports programs for lepers as well as elderly muslim, and is experimenting with various local small income-generating projects to try and make SVDP more self-sufficient. These programs are financed by other donors but we hope to be able to be involved in these initiatives as well in the future.

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