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- Why Sao?

It is simply because they are located at the heart of Africa. The Sao, were an African civilization that flourished from ca. the 6th century to as late as the 15th century. Little is known about the Sao's history, society, or culture. But many historians proved that they migrated from the Nile valley. Historians outlines three major origins for the Sao based on oral tradition and archaeological theories. One theory holds that they were the descendants of the Hyksos who conquered Ancient Egypt. They moved south from the Nile valley into middle Africa in several waves under pressure from foreign Arab invaders. According to another historian, the Sao were immigrants from the ancient Near East in consequence of the fall of the Assyrian Empire at the end of the seventh century BC. Oral histories add further details about the people: The Sao were sun (RA) worshipers made up of several patrilineal clans who were united into a single polity with one language, race, and religion. They were literally giants, mighty warriors.

Project Sao was created to support and encourage self-sustainable homes for orphans and vulnerable children through long term programs and short term service trips that deliver quality care, shelter, food, water, clothing, health care, social work, mentoring and education to the descendent of the people of ancient times. The most affected areas are moyen-chari and the two logones, Kanem in the west and Batha in the central zone as, the combined population in these regions is 1.5 million, about one-fifth of the country's total.Upon Project Sao’s first ever visit to region; the landlocked country located in the heart of Africa, One child affected by the lack of drinking water is Michel, who lives in Pari-Sarah in Sarh.

Michel says he is 13, but looks more like 9 then, along with some school friends, he survives on scraps of sorghum paste with a little meat sauce left by visitors that eat in the schoolyard. He has no proper drinking water. He might not be one of the poorest - his parents can afford to send him to school - but he is certainly thirsty and hungry.
In many cases, women walk long distances and over many hours with heavy loads on their heads just to collect water. Mr. Ndongo, who is 54, has spent 13 years coaxing lettuce, tomatoes and carrots out of his little network of grave-sized plots by the Chari river and selling them in the city market. He works seven days a week, stooping in the mud in heat that can reach 50 degrees Celsius (105 F). He sees his family only during the rainy season when the flooded river covers his plots and he returns to his hometown in the country's interior. He makes 40,000 CFA francs (about $85) a year. Mr. Ndongo would like to do something else. His dream is to get a little help and buy a pump so he wouldn't have to haul the water he uses for irrigation up the riverbank. But he isn't holding out much hope. His only experience with "international development aid" came when Foreign aid workers visited a few years ago and promised to send money to the government so that he could get his pump. Although the money was sent, Mr. Ndongo received nothing. When he went to get the pump from government offices, he was told to go away. The money had vanished. This scene is not uncommon in this African region, one of the largest and poorest countries in Africa, and with the least access to water in rural areas.

By donating very little on a monthly basis, you are actually contributing to a cause, in investing in a child's life in small villages wherever Project Sao conducts sustainable business.

     
 
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