Kongor is a community in Jonglei state of South Sudan. It was earlier Kongor Payam in Twic East County. Twic East has now been redivided into three counties which include Twic North, Twic Central and Twic South. Kongor is now under the new county of Twic North.
Twic East is in Dinka territory. The village is to the East of the White Nile and about 80 miles (130 km) North of Bor. The area is subject to flood and drought depending on the season. The people are pastoralists, with an economy based on cattle which demands seasonal migration in search of good pasture. Like many citizens of South Sudan, many members of Kongor community were displaced by civil war. Some of our population are currently displaced in different parts of South Sudan while others were resettled overseas as refugees. Some of the Kongor community members are in East Africa, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. However, we still have some of the Kongor communities at Kongor homeland.
Despite the community being scattered, the objective of the Kongor community to build their homeland has always been a priority for many years. Kongor community has been mobilizing resources from around the world to support those at home. The sons and daughters of Kongor have formed many Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs in their various location. These NGOs have been used as a vehicle to mobilize resources and to deliver the much needed social services back home. The Kongor Community in Australia has formed Kongor Australia Association (KASA
KASA has been operating for about 15 years. The organization was formed to help citizens of our community provide basic needs like health services. In partnership with other Kongor community organizations in diaspora and in South Sudan, which includes Kongor Student Association Australia KSA, KDA-USA, Kongor Community Association Canada KCA-CAN and Kongor Development Association (KONDA) based in South Sudan, KASA was a partner in the rebuilding of the Kongor Primary
Health Care center (KPHCC). This project has been running for the last the 6 years. It costed the community about half a million in American dollars. The facility is currently operational with about 80% of the construction done. We are proud to say that the total funding came from donations from community members worldwide with the help of friends of South Sudanese communities. Although this project is almost complete, we still need funds to complete the remaining 20% and to keep the health facility running.
Why the Health facility first?
The rebuilding of the health facility project presents a significant opportunity that will stimulate and revitalize the healthcare system in Kongor and surrounding areas. It is a premier program designed to rebuild an existing health facility that was built in the 1970s and destroyed during the civil war. The purpose of this project is to help improve health by reducing diseases and other health related problems. The facility will provide preventive care and proper diagnosis and treatment of diseases in Kongor and neighboring areas. The community has been in need of a local source where people can easily access to health care including preventive health and education.
The current situation
The local healthcare facility, after its wreckage during the civil war, is now back in operation but has only one nurse, one clinical officer and no medical doctor. Many children are not vaccinated, even against common childhood diseases such as tetanus, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tuberculosis, and measles. The area is still
Lacking the following services, comprehensive maternity care, well-baby care, emergency services, facility for routine testing despite a frequent need for blood sugar, malaria, earthworm, HIV/AID, and other tests. The nearest comprehensive health care available is in neighboring City of Bor-town, the Capital of Jonglei State. With adequate staff and supplies (medical equipment and drugs), this health clinic has the capacity to offer primary and preventive health care and health education to more than 30,000 people of Kongor and the nearby villages.