Elizabeth Essentials is honored to be partnering with the VAD Foundation to raise awareness and funds for building new wells, schools and communities that are sustainable and healthy.
All donations collected through Elizabeth Essentials will go toward building a new well in Marial Bai, South Sudan to serve the growing community and local schools. Unicef estimates fewer than 30% of people in South Sudan have access to sanitary water. That number is even greater in rural areas like Marial Bai. Women and children often walk up to eight hours a day fetching water for their families. Access to convenient and clean water sources greatly reduces the risk of death from water born illnesses like Cholera, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A. Abundance of clean water also increases school enrollment and academic performance of girls by allowing them to focus on their studies instead of water collection.
Donations collected through Elizabeth Essentials will support the Family Resiliency & Reunification program at New Phoebe House Association – a transitional home for mothers affected by chemical dependency and homelessness who want to reunify with their children. The Family Resiliency & Reunification program surrounds the women and children with support, programming, and case management for up to two years. As the women are assured their day-to-day needs for food; shelter; referrals for medical, mental health, and dental care; and clothing assistance are met, they can focus on remaining clean and sober, developing job skills, gaining education, becoming financially literate, building a resource network, and increasing parenting skills. Programming and childcare curricula cover topics and information relevant to the women and children to help break the patterns of abuse, violence, and neglect so many of the women and children have experienced throughout their lives.