The Sudan Girl Guides Association
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1928
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 17350 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
P O Box 294
Postal Code 11111
Telephone: 00 249912394045
Fax: 00 249 183 783599
Girl Guide Promise
On my honor, I will try my best:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to follow the Girl Guides Law.
I promise to do my best:
To do my duty to God, my country and the President,
To help other people every day, especially those at home, and
To obey the Bluebird Law.
Girl Guide Law
Pure and responsible for what I think, say and do,
Courageous and strong
Respect myself and others
Obedient and respect authority
Thrifty and use resources wisely,
Friendly to the environment and caring to animals
Be a sister and friend to every Girl Guide.
1 A Bluebird always does her best.
2 Thinks of others, before herself.
3 Does a good turn every day.
Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared
Bluebird Motto - Lend a Hand
Raaidat Ranger 16-20
Mursheda Guide 12-16
El Taira el Zarga Bluebird 7-11
Development of the movement:
Guiding began in Sudan in 1928 when two companies were formed, one in an American Mission School in Atabara and the other in Khartoum. Guiding activities ceased shortly afterwards. However, they restarted some years later when people of many different nationalities worked together to promote the Movement, resulting in companies and flocks being formed in all parts of Sudan.
A headquarters was set up in Khartoum which was opened by the World Chief Guide in 1949. Following the country’s independence in 1955, the first Sudanese Chief Commissioner was appointed.
Because of the war and the difficult situation in the country, Guides concentrate their activities on the following topics: illiteracy campaigns; vaccination; mother and child care; care of the environment; handicrafts; needlework and dressmaking; winter aid; planting easy and necessary vegetables and fruits; how to live happily and peacefully with others; first aid; and home nursing. Many fundraising projects are organized, and every year a gala is held to display the girls’ work and to raise money to further Guiding.
Relationship to society:
Guides in Sudan help out in hospitals in emergency situations, and have set up first-aid classes for women in villages and towns. On World Thinking Day, Guides carry out special projects with the poor and sick.
The Association has been particularly involved in projects to combat the terrible drought and desertification in Sudan. Guides have helped to resettle people who have been forced to leave their homes and travel to other parts of the country in search of food and water. They have also assisted in a programme to vaccinate the huge number of refugees from neighbouring countries.
As part of Building World Citizenship, the Association undertook projects on Health (First Aid), Peace (after the wars in Sudan the Association looked at key issues in combating begging, theft and violence), Literacy and on food and nutrition.
Communication and Co-operation
A joint project with Denmark has resulted in the establishment of a vegetable farm and leader training centre.
In addition, Sudanese Guides work side by side with the community, helping to keep the traditions and customs of the country alive and, as a result, they have gained widespread recognition and support.
The Sudan Girl Guides Association works in co-operation with other women’s organizations in Sudan and with the Sudan Boy Scouts Association.
Great emphasis is laid on the training of leaders. Due to the shortage of trained leaders in Sudan and the demand for new companies to be opened, leaders meet every week for training.
*Information compiled in 1999
- Breast Cancer Workshop
- Child Protection Seminar
- Hiv/Aids Seminars
- Special Needs Guides Training
- Food Distribution
- Rural Community Projects
- Displace Women and Children Survey
- Food and Rehabilitation Programmes
- Adolescent Health
- HIV/AID Prevention Campaign
- Peace Building Awareness Campaign
- Polio Vaccination Awareness