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Poole - Wau  Partnership
linking Poole Deanery churches with Wau Diocese, South Sudan

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RENEWAL magazines covering the Internal Province inc Wau Diocese are on the Publications page

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 A Christmas Message (2018)
from Archbishop Moses 

It will not be a surprise to anyone to hear me say that we face many challenges here in South Sudan. But really we face these challenges with optimism in our hearts because we know that we do not face them alone. It is such a blessing to have the support and friendship of many trusted people. Working with us and providing support we have seen real change in our society. But even more we do this in the fellowship of Jesus Christ who even now we are preparing to welcome as a baby born to us in Bethlehem. It is in renewing the message that Jesus brings that we are most strengthened. In this year we have seen hard won peace agreements, terrible starvation met with courage and kindness, a change of leadership in the ECSS and even wonderful grace within that event which was carried out peacefully and with one unified vision. So we are hopeful and look to 2019 with expectation. We really wish to do even more good with your kind help and support and bring the love of God to even more people. Yes it is true we have many challenges, but I am glad to say that we also have many friends. We truly value the fellowship that we share with all our friends, so it is with gladness that I thank you for your friendship and wish you a blessed Christmas celebration. May you be blessed with peace, joy and wonder in Christ and may 2019 be a year of deepening our fellowship.

Merry Christmas ! and every blessing ++Moses.                          21/12/18



sketch map of South Sudan inc Juba 1st city and Wau 2nd cityChristians in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan have a logo for wau diocese in South Sudanlong-standing link with our diocese (Salisbury).  Information about our diocesan Sudan Link can be found here .

Our deanery (Poole) is linked in particular with the WAU DIOCESE in South Sudan.  W
au Diocese covers two out of the 10 States of South Sudan which existed in Dec 2016:  the diocese is divided into 17 Archdeaconries. 

Wau Diocese within South Sudan

Bishop Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol was enthroned in 2010.  He has visited our parish several times and some of our church members visited Wau a few years ago.   (Read about that visit here)



On our Poole-Wau Publications page, read and download recent Poole-Wau Partnership newsletters and read the 'Renewal' magazines produced by the Wau Diocese.  "For your prayers
Famine has been declared in part of South Sudan by the government and the UN. 
More details here " from Diocesan e-bulletin (Feb 21st)



 Two Area Dioceses marked on Wau Diocese map

Early in 2016 two Area Dioceses were created—Tonj and Gogrial—in order to make administering the area easier.


WAU DIOCESE  is much the biggest diocese in South Sudan with a population of about 2 million and an area the size of England.


Bishop Moses speaking in Church
May 2011

 Photo plan of the Wau Cathedral compound


 Bishop Moses crossing bridge

 St John's College building March 2013St John's College logo


ST JOHN'S COLLEGE is a key part of Bishop Moses's strategy for Wau Diocese, and also for the wider region.

 St John's College student reading

The College was started in 2011 with 3 students and in 2016 has 40 in 3 year-streams.

It held its first Graduation ceremony in 2016.


Library at St John's College
For historical reasons all the other Theological Colleges are concentrated in the east or south of the country, hundreds of miles away.

Graduation Day at St Johns College 2016


 group photo at St John's College Mar 2016

 As well as training pastors, the College is now offering Business Studies and Teacher Training, and intends to expand into other areas in the future.

 students and staff at St John's College


 pastor on donkeylady with baby - Apr- 2016





For a long time Wau has remained free of the fighting that has afflicted some other parts of South Sudan.

However, in June 2016, it was attacked by unknown forces, leaving hundreds of people dead.


 fighting near Wau in June 2016

 people escaping fighting in Wau -June 2016


Peace has returned, but large numbers of people who fled the fighting are still afraid to return home and are camped out at either the UN compound or the Roman Catholic Cathedral.


A mural expressing people's
weariness with fighting ...


 tents and refugees displaced from Wau - June 2016

Let us all do our part mural







sacks of food being unloaded from truck



Most of the displaced people are being fed by the UN and other agencies.


ladies carrying sacks of food away on their heads 


The Poole—Wau Partnership sent a gift of $4000 to Bishop Moses as a contribution.


 sacks of food being carried by ladies on their heads




South Sudan should be an exporter of food, but in fact the country is only being kept going as a result of the UN Food Programme.


 loaves of bread

 crops not growing well


Fighting means that crops are not being planted or harvested in many areas, and even in good times, agricultural productivity is very low.




 Oxen ploughing in field


Wau Diocese has its own agency (CARD) to help farmers improve productivity, as with the introduction of ox-ploughs, which can multiply the amount of land a family can cultivate by up to 10 times.


Oxen some yoked in pairs.  Perhaps at market or sale



Rows of new ploughs

  Much of South Sudan’s agriculture and culture revolves around cattle herding.

Cultivated crops are less important to most tribes.


 farmer and cow near Wau


 POOLE HOSPITAL  has a link with Wau Teaching Hospital

 Bridge over River Jur


  WATER in Wau is mostly pumped out of the River Jur and supplied by tanker or donkey-cart.


 Water in cylindrical tank from River Jur


water supply tanker


There are also boreholes in different places.


 Water pump - well or bore hole


DIOCESAN GUEST HOUSE - this is a project entirely funded by Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery

new Guest House floor plan - Oct 2015

  The aim was to:-
[1] offer accommodation to international visitors who can help build up the ‘capacity’ of the Diocese and St John’s College  and
[2] generate income for the Diocese.


The project was started in 2013 and completed early in 2016.


Church service with Rev Chris Strain, St Lukes 

 building work on main buildingof Guest House


 Richard and Jeff discussing the building of the Guest House


 dismantling of the old guest house




 roof trusses on main building of Guest House


 Bishop Moses, Richard and Jeff - March 2013


 old guest house before demolition

 It involved rebuilding an abandoned Colonial house, the residence of the last British Governor,
old guest house being demolished


and alongside it building a new accommodation block to western standards.


 wall foundations at Guest House

 View of new Guest House


 inside an area of the Guest House whilst work continuing

inside corridor of Guest House nearing completion


 Guest House being built - June 2015






 water tower between two buildings at Guest House


 Guest House, both buildings and wall


 inside the Guest House



It has already accommodated numerous international visitors




- from Germany, the USA and Uganda, among others.




  WEATHER—there are two seasons, wet (April/ May to Sept/ Oct) and dry.

vehicles on dusty road


Crops growing in Wau - wet season 
Crops growing in Wau
in the wet season




  FLOODING Is a common result
of the rains:
road transport is often
seriously disrupted

flooded land with two people on wooden log shaped boat.


 vehicle in water near road in Warrap

 Samule Mabith on motor bike



Rev Samuel Mabith,
 Wau Diocese
  Communications Officer


  TRANSPORT Red Cross plane arriving - people waiting
is by road or air.
There are no functioning railways.


  general scene in Wau inc people on cycles

Wau is 400 miles by road from the capital, JUBA and as a result is rather out on a limb, even though It is South Sudan’s “Second City”

aerial view of Wau City

 Richard Tazewell 4-12-16

updated 11/5/19