‘Unity in Christ’ to raise money for Sudan

By Joel Charron

A group of caring individuals has taken it upon themselves to help make life in Sudan better for it’s people.

Under the direction of St. John the Baptist Church associate pastor, Father Nichola Mauro-Iko, along with 36 volunteers have formed the “Unity in Christ” (UIC) charity.

“We came up with the idea of having this organization because Amherstburg is full of giving people who want to help the less fortunate,” said Father Mauro-Iko.

UIC’s mission is to support impoverished Sudanese families, helping them to rebuild their lives that were devastated by more than 21 years of civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.

Father Nichola Mauro-Iko and the Unity in Christ charity is looking to raise $17,000 to rebuild a women’s center in the village of Chukudum in Southern Sudan.

UIC will work with churches, community leaders and village elders in Sudan to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of children, families and southern communities. Father Mauro-Iko is originally from Sudan and has planned several trips back home to visit family, as well as, help the Sudanese people get back on their feet.

Father Mauro-Iko said the group has a goal of raising $17,000 to help rebuild a women’s center.

The women’s center is to be constructed for the village of Chukudum, located in Southern Sudan.

“The center was destroyed during the war,” said Father Mauro-Iko. “We wanted to rebuild it so they can have educational activities.”

Father Mauro-Iko said having the women’s center once again operational will help the Sudanese women to be educated, which will eventually help them with a fresh start.

They have also sent goods and supplies to the local parish in Chukudum.

Father Mauro-Iko said this is an ideal time to start to rebuild the women’s center because the peace agreement that was signed in 2005 has brought some positive results.

“The people of Southern Sudan have unanimously decided to keep the peace,” he said. “There will be the creation of a new state in Southern Sudan. A declaration of independence will be coming up on July 9.

He said this favours UIC because they will be able to operate under a peaceful environment.

“It will give us a chance to assist those who need it,” he said.

To help raise funds for this cause UIC has placed jars in local businesses, in hopes the community will donate their loose change.   The jars will be easily recognized because they look similar to the huts found in Sudan.

“It doesn’t matter how much people give, even a little bit is a lot,” said Father Mauro-Iko.

UIC is also hosting a fundraising dinner at the Verdi Club on April 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available through Father Mauro-Iko at St. John the Baptist Church.

Father Mauro-Iko added that UIC is open to anyone who wants to join, as they are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with fundraising efforts.

For more information on Unity in Christ, visit www.uic-charity.org.

One response to “‘Unity in Christ’ to raise money for Sudan”

  1. sierra says:

    I wish there was something I could do to help these kids/people.We don’t relize how good we have it.We couldn’t make it a week like these people do.They’re my inspiration.I might be young but I’ll find a way to make a diffrence in the world.