A rooster reigns from a rooftop in Lafon, South Sudan. A January 2013 fire destroyed most of the village, including the thatch needed for replacing roofs.
A rooster reigns from a rooftop in Lafon, South Sudan. A January 2013 fire destroyed most of the village, including the thatch needed for replacing roofs.
Photo by Roy Winter

BDM aids village in South Sudan 

Jane Yount 
March 22, 2013


Brethren Disaster Ministries has provided a grant of $6,800 from the Emergency Disaster Fund for emergency shelter, food and tools for the South Sudan village of Lafon, following a destructive fire that swept through the village on January 25, 2013.

Prior to the fire, through visits made by Church of the Brethren staff Roy Winter and Jay Wittmeyer, and repeated visits by Brethren missionary Athanasius Ungang, a relationship already had been formed between Lafon and the Church of the Brethren. Located in the Eastern Equatoria State near the small town of Torit, this village seems remote and isolated. The people live in a very traditional way with only a well and their western clothing showing any outside influence. 

The January 25 fire completely burned 108 homes, including stored food and the grass needed for replacing thatched roofs. With the rainy season approaching in late March or April, emergency shelter is needed. The BDM grant will fund the purchase of tarps, bags of food, machetes and axes, which will provide emergency shelter for the rainy season and the tools they need to rebuild. Athanasius, with the help of BVS worker Jocelyn Snyder, will facilitate the purchase and delivery of these supplies.