HOSPITAL MONEY: Pam Schubert with some of the items for sale, to raise money for a new hospital in South Sudan. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORGBENEATH a tree in South Sudan sat 150 orphans, who were trying to learn the English alphabet.
That was the first thing Albury’sPam Schubert, known as Mrs Pam, saw when she went over to help the children in 2008.
Since then, the orphanage,in asmall town near the Northern Border,has grown to include boy’s and girl’s dormitories, bathrooms and a school.
Mrs Pam said she joined withUS group Make Way Partners to helpbuild the facilitiesand teach the children.
She has been hosting garage sales in Wodonga and Lavington for the last eight years to raise money for these childrenand others throughout South Sudan, Ugandaand Kenya.
Her latest sale, at 413Wagga Road, is to raise money for a hospital.
“First of all, I read a book about South Sudan and it broke my heart,” she said.
“The team from the US was going over there, it was an unusual time of conflict.
“We worked with the kids, told them stories and did crafts.“They are beautiful children.”
When Mrs Pamfirst arrived, there was no infrastructure and the children lived off one meal per day.
She said Make Way Partnersbuiltthe orphanage, which is now fenced off and houses 800 children.
Mrs Pam said some of the children who started there now study medicine in Uganda.
“I’m now fundraising for a hospital near Torit (a town in the South East of Sudan),” she said.
“Last time, I was at a clinic when a 14-year-old walked in with a bandaged leg, it smelt really bad.
“She had an infected compound fracture which was about a year old, the end of the bone had died.
“The doctors were amazed she was alive.
“There was nowhere in South Sudan she could go to for treatment.”
No groups are being let into South Sudan, but Mrs Pam will send the money raised to go toward the hospital which is already under construction.
“I regard these people my brothers and sisters, they’ve had their villages burned and lost family members,” she said.
“We’ve got everything here, they have nothing.
“Last time I saw a lady picking leaves off trees, she was going to boil them for a meal.”
The shop front has been donated andis filled with clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, games, booksand garden supplies.
Mrs Pam will operate it for at least the next week between 10.30am and 4.30pm every day except Sunday.
Her next trip will be to schools in Uganda and Kenya in June.
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