South Sudan’s 9th Independence Day: Facing COVID-19 with courage and rising to the new normal
In the midst of this pandemic and other humanitarian responses, however, we must keep our sight focused on the agenda and actions on the Humanitarian Development and Peace nexus as the only viable approach to ultimately lead to long-term development with peaceful co-existence.
#HiddenHero: Over 3,400 community volunteers boost World Vision’s work for children amid COVID-19
"There is nothing better than reaching down and helping lift someone up. Contributing to nation-building has always been my dream. Helping communities is an achievement for me. I understand the risks I am exposing myself with COVID-19 but I cannot sit at home when a child needs me." - Achol
#HiddenHero: Serving others with love and courage amid COVID-19 in South Sudan | World Vision
World Vision's #HiddenHero in South Sudan delivers humanitarian assistance even on difficult challenges like risks of COVID-19. Every effort is filled with commitment, courage, and compassion for fellow South Sudanese in urgent need. We celebrate their quiet heroism. The world needs more.
Thriving strong and finding courage to serve amid COVID-19 in South Sudan
"World Vision's programs and our staff are at the forefront of the campaign against COVID-19. The movement restrictions and preventive measures put in place to stop the spread of the pandemic do not only affect our ways of working but also tests the limits of our emotional resilience to the limit." - Dr. Mesfin Loha, Country Programme Director
Mary’s heart goes out for South Sudanese women losing livelihood due to COVID-19
"My work has become very risky nowadays. It even puts my family at risk, too. But I have to do it so I can help educate my fellow women what to do to stop the virus from spreading in their families and communities, and for them to receive the cash assistance so they can provide for their children’s needs."
Girls express fear of being married early for families to survive hunger and COVID-19
"The girls’ ordeal of being married has begun. Reports are starting to come in from our supported schools that some of them are forced to marry while some got impregnated."
World Vision and Health Pooled Fund help strengthen health system in South Sudan; boost COVID19 response efforts
Together, World Vision and the Health Pooled Fund (HPF) has mobilized over 500 community health workers to urgently assist communities, as well as additional funding to respond to the health needs of over 400,000 people.
Race between malnutrition and COVID-19 getting to vulnerable children in South Sudan need an urgent attention
"This pandemic, as people’s movements become limited, can deprive malnourished children and mothers of critical life-saving nutrition services. In the capital city Juba alone, World Vision supports 87,294 people through the nutrition program."
“COVID-19 is like a death sentence to women in South Sudan; after years of conflict, it is taking away our plans”
Farmers like Atim and her friends are dedicated to their work and they are happy. Now they are all worried about what will happen next with this coronavirus pandemic.
1.9 million South Sudanese children despair over closure of schools due to COVID-19; mothers worried of the future
"Over a million children in South Sudan will miss the opportunity of going to school because of COVID19. This is a tremendous setback for the country's recovery and future", says Dr. Mesfin Loha, World Vision's Country Programme Director.
World Vision has been working in South Sudan since 1989 and has served over 1.3 million people, more than 600,000 of them children, through our humanitarian work. Our operations cover four major zones: Juba, Upper Nile, Warrap, and Western Equatoria.
We were one of the few organizations that provided assistance during the war to the displaced populations in what was then the Southern Sudan region of Sudan, until after the birth of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011.
The widespread violence during the country’s 5th anniversary of independence made the humanitarian emergency even worse. Food insecurity continues to plague over 7 million people and a recent UN report stated that an estimated 360,000 children under five suffer severe malnutrition.
Today, World Vision's humanitarian assistance has reached out to over 1.5 million people in need through various initiatives such as food security and livelihood, health and nutrition, protection, education, water, sanitation and hygiene among others.
More than two million children, or over 70 %, are out of school in South Sudan, putting at risk their futures and the future of the country”, a UN report states, underscoring the sad state of education. Through World Vision's education work, over 220,000 children were supported.
Water is Life
We have provided over 212,000 people with clean water in South Sudan. Apart from promoting good health and hygiene, these girls will no longer have to walk for miles to get their supply. It is right next to their houses.
With hot and healthy food served in school meal program, children like Kon can focus on their studies and learn more. It looks yummy!
World Vision has over 1,000 staff working in four zones in South Sudan: Juba, Upper Nile, Warrap and Western Equatoria. Working in a fragile context not only requires competence and skills it also requires commitment and courage.
It Takes A Nation
More than 19,000 children in South Sudan are associated with armed groups and the long-running conflict. This has to stop.