Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
Poole - Wau Partnership
linking Poole Deanery churches with Wau Diocese, South Sudan
Christians in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan have a long-standing link with our diocese (Salisbury). Information about our diocesan Sudan Link can be found here .
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
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.
ST JOHN'S COLLEGE is a key part of Bishop Moses's strategy for Wau Diocese, and also for the wider region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the displaced people are being fed by the UN and other agencies.
The Poole—Wau Partnership sent a gift of $4000 to Bishop Moses as a contribution.
Fighting means that crops are not being planted or harvested in many areas, and even in good times, agricultural productivity is very low.
|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.|
Much of South Sudan’s agriculture and culture revolves around cattle herding.
Cultivated crops are less important to most tribes.
POOLE HOSPITAL has a link with Wau Teaching Hospital
WATER in Wau is mostly pumped out of the River Jur and supplied by tanker or donkey-cart.
There are also boreholes in different places.
DIOCESAN GUEST HOUSE - this is a project entirely funded by Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery
aim was to:-
The project was started in 2013 and completed early in 2016.
It involved rebuilding an abandoned Colonial house, the residence of the last British Governor,
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.
Is a common result
Richard Tazewell 4-12-16