Green Kordofan supports South Kordofan, Sudan
We are a charitable organisation that champions sport and personal development for girls and boys age 6 to 18. We work with the thousands of people who have been forced to flee the civil war in Sudan and are now living in refugee camps in South Sudan.
The name of our charity - Green Kordofan - refers to our commitment to promoting green shoots of recovery for what is often called the ‘Sudanese Civil War zone'. The people of Kordofan have been beset over generations by issues of slavery and injustice. Their fight for basic human rights has resulted in the area’s present conflicts and suffering.
We focus on creating and growing community based, new generational projects. Our aim is to help redefine both Kordofan's future and its perception by others.
Sport for children in refugee camps
Since June 2011, renewed violence in Sudan has created hundreds of thousands of displaced people and refugees from the Nuba Mountains. Over 70,000 of them took refuge in Yida, South Sudan. The vast majority of people now living in refugee camps in Yida are children.
Green Kordofan’s aim is to bring sport to the young people in refugee camps in Yida. Sport can bring a culture of peace and teamwork as well as boosting self-esteem in young people, along with physical and mental health.
46,000 people live in the Yida camp where we currently work. The total number of children in the camp aged between 5 and 17 is 23,500 and around 80 percent of households are female led.
The charity was founded by its director Raga Gibreel, who lives in Folkestone, UK. Raga graduated at the Sudan University for Science and Technology, worked as a journalist in Sudan and then studied Agriculture Development at Reading University.
Raga says, “My work for Green Kordofan comes from my love of Sudan and its people - and because I still believe in the power of people to create change.” Supported by a distinguished team of trustees, she works tirelessly to support the victims of a conflict that much of the world has overlooked.
In Yida camp we now have 5 members of staff and 40 volunteers working with 800 children regularly playing sport. Many of our volunteers have come through our sports programmes and are now making their own contribution.
Help our charity expand
We are growing fast and have ever more girls and boys wanting to join our sports clubs. We need funding to continue and expand our existing programmes in order to support more young people. Green Kordofan holds fundraising events across the UK. Contact us to find out how to get involved.
Yida refugee camp
Most of our fundraising and campaigning takes place in the UK - but all of our projects are based in Yida Refugee camp, which is in Unity state, South Sudan.
The map below shows where Yida Camp is situated.
Green Kordofan is Folkestone based, UK registered charity, number 1164386