Mabaan Flood Relief Report

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

June 18, 2021

On May 25 Pastor Aaron Limmo returned from South Sudan. His task was to receive the $27,347  raised by Iowa United Methodists for flood relief. During the traumatic time of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the generosity of Iowans these funds were given to help humanitarian efforts. 

In 2019 the Indian Ocean Dipole caused severe flooding in the Upper Nile State area where Mabaan County is located. The Iowa Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference UMC to help address flood relief efforts. Delayed by COVID-19 and the need to cancel a proposed trip in Dec. 2020, Limmo was able to schedule his trip in May 2021.

Limmo was met by Mabaan friends who assisted him in the purchase of sorghum, tarps, and mosquito nets which were then transported throughout numerous villages to approximately 1,066 families. Transportation to remote villages was hampered by heavy rain as this is the rainy season. This delay was frustrating to the distribution teams as well. 

Limmo and the Greater Mabaan Community (GMC) bring words of thanks for the items which reached Mabaan County.  On behalf of the Mabaan recipients, Limmo says, “Thanks to the Methodist Church in Iowa and to the hands that contributed to this flood relief effort.”