South Sudan relief efforts

Paul Jeffrey photo

Paul Jeffrey photo

“All the optimism that accompanied the birth of South Sudan in 2011 has been shattered by internal divisions, rivalries and the irresponsible behaviour of some of its leaders,” UN General Secretary Mr. Guterres said recently during a Security Council briefing.

On March 23, 2017, ACT Alliance issued a South Sudan Famine Crisis Response with a target of raising US $9 million for one year. PWRDF contributed an initial grant of $25,000, and then followed up with another $45,000. This program, managed by Finn Church Aid, will continue to provide food, seeds and farming tools to internally displaced and host communities until March 2018.

In 2016 the South Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (SUDRA) issued an appeal and PWRDF has contributed $25,000, along with other Anglican agencies such as Episcopal Relief and Development in the United States. In February, SUDRA distributed cash to 180 households in the city of Yei — each receiving 4,500SSP – to enable families to buy food in the market, pay for medical care and send their kids to school as these are now reopening. Most people in Yei are living in homes of people who have fled. SUDRA staff have been busy responding and also assessing the situation for a new appeal, which is expected this month.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) South Sudan is responding to the crisis with a number of funding agencies. From April to June 2017, an emergency food distribution project in Kapoeta North County of Eastern Equatoria State provided 10,000 individuals from seven Payams (administrative divisions) with cereals, beans, oil and salt. PWRDF contributed $20,000 to ADRA Canada from its account in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, with matching funds from Global Affairs Canada.

Meanwhile, a women-focussed healing and capacity building project continues in Bor, the capital of Jonglei. The details of the project can be found here .

South Sudanese in Uganda – In 2016, PWRDF responded to an ACT Alliance appeal with a grant of $30,000 to Lutheran World Federation Uganda Office. Uganda had become home to more than 800,000 South Sudanese since the conflict erupted in December 2013, and the number is estimated to reach a million within this year. The funds have been used to provide hygiene items, blankets, clothing and kitchen kits, and to build communal shelters for the most vulnerable, build community and school latrines, 12 classrooms and 450 three-seater school desks. The fund has also helped provide inclusive learning and teaching materials, and offer teacher trainings in refugee context.

South Sudanese in Kenya – PWRDF has been supporting the National Council of Churches with programs to assist refugees in Turkana, in northern Kenya since 1994. In this established long-term refugee camp, that as of February 2017 had a population of about 164,000, NCCK educates people on reproductive health care and HIV/AIDS prevention, and provides opportunities for livelihood initiatives and income generation for women and youth.