World Vision Uganda
publication • Wednesday, September 6th 2017

West Nile Refugee Response - 90-day Report

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Since the civil war in South Sudan began in December 2013 until 31 July, 2017, Uganda received over 977,746 refugees from South Sudan. The refugees have been settled in 28 locations in 12 districts where they coexist with the host communities.

World Vision Uganda has been responding to the refugee crisis since March 2014; implementing projects in:

  • Food assistance
  • Livelihoods
  • Water, hygiene and sanitation
  • Child protection
  • Distribution of core relief items
  • Hot meals

The response is within five districts in West Nile region, namely Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Moyo and Yumbe districts.

Activities were scaled up following the refugee influx in June 2016. World Vision Uganda put more resources and staff to cope with the refugee situation and declared it a Category two National Office response. Initial programming included provision of high-energy biscuits to new arrivals, general food distribution, child protection and interventions in water sanitation and hygiene.

Because of the overwhelming numbers of refugees arriving and their many needs, on May 8, 2017 the response was re-categorized. World Vision enlisted the help of leading humanitarian sector experts from the partnership’s global emergency rooster when the response was declared a Global Category Three response.

This global response is currently ongoing. 

In the last 90 days (May – July 2017), World Vision’s West Nile Refugee Response has secured $2,491,481 USD in new funding from UN agencies, foreign governments and various World Vision support offices.

The funding has provided assistance to approximately 695,379 refugees and host community members in the various sector interventions as detailed in this report.