95% of all the funds we raise for Grain for Pain go to the people in South Sudan. The 5% is needed for bank fees, transactions and fees to keep existing as a Non-Profit organization. Everyone involved in this project is a volunteer, we do not have infrastructure or extra organizational costs. Normally, we like to keep the cost for a sack of grain to 10$ (costs vary in that part of the world). The grain we work with is sorghum (view image). Usually one sack of grain is 110 pounds. After we have raised a significant amount of money, we transfer the funds to Uganda so we can buy seeds, pay workers and plant. After we have crops, we harvest and transport to South Sudan.
In South Sudan, our partners from Miak Wadang are responsible for the grain, distribution and safety of the grain. One sack of grain feeds a family for a few months. There are other projects Miak Wadang, our partner in South Sudan is engaged with that deal with sustainability and community development, Grain for Pain is a response to the urgent need for food in order for people to survive.
We believe in a holistic approach to helping someone in need, we believe we need to care for the body, the soul and the spirit, that is why we are partnering with diverse groups of people, organizations and institutions that help us offer support in all areas of life.
Because the situation in South Sudan is very unstable, we ask for your consideration if we would have to reinvent ourselves as far as the method of delivering the grain, or what type of grain and food would be needed. Our commitment to you and the people of South Sudan is that one way or another the grain will be delivered to them. We will keep you posted on the development of this campaign through our website and Facebook page.
What can sound louder than bullets and tanks, louder than machine guns and entire villages being burned to the ground? What can last longer than scars on someone’s face or heart? What can change a human heart that is determined to do wrong and what can end a conflict that is embedded in a culture? We believe it is an act of mercy. We believe it is a sack of grain that has in it more than grain. It carries a message of humanity, love, hope, dignity, consideration, respect, compassion. It is a simple act of mercy that can sound louder than bullets. Apostle Paul once said: “To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”