Children speak up with hope for their future as South Sudan turns 10
"We learn lessons under the trees, yet our hopes for the future is alive. We need more schools and a safe environment to learn because we are the future." - Abraham, 12, on South Sudan's 10th Independence Day
World Vision’s emergency responders are South Sudan’s famine busters
World Vision’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Project in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) supports 193,131 internally-displaced people during the lean season living in the most remote corners of South Sudan’s three counties in 19 different locations. The various delivery modes such as air drops, river deliveries as well as inland by trucks mean that the team has to adopt to various, and very volatile, operating environments.
How can we value cows more than the future of our children in South Sudan?
"What we can do collectively is to celebrate children, the foundation of every nation. They are among the most vulnerable although no fault of their own, often caused by the negligence of older people and lack of access to services." - Dr. Mesfin Loha, Country Director, World Vision South Sudan
Hunger in South Sudan’s Warrap State drive girls into early marriage
I was only 13 when my parents forced me to get married”, says 15-year old Adut*, now a mother of one. She dropped out of school after marrying 42-year old Manut against her will in exchange for 15 cows that she said she did not even benefit from. A UNICEF Report states that 52 per cent of all girls are married before 18 years of age in South Sudan, depriving them of their basic rights and for some, even their lives.
Health workers rejoice having clean water in South Sudan’s Malakal Civil Hospital
World Vision, supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Sustained Response to Emergencies (SURE-II) Project, constructed nine water tap stands in the hospital. “Our work as health workers taking care of the patients became easier.”
Food aid the only means of survival as South Sudan’s hunger crisis deepens
“The situation left us helpless. We could not do much since our farmlands were destroyed by floods. We thank World Vision for the food aid because it enabled us to survive hunger.” With support from the World Food Programme (WFP), World Vision’s Food Assistance Project distributed maize, vegetable oil, beans, salt, CSB++ and plumpy nuts to over 64,000 internally displaced people in Tonj North.
How seeds can help South Sudanese mothers fight hunger and malnutrition
Mothers in South Sudan are up against incredible challenge from the COVID-19 pandemic to hunger, with over 7.7 million people projected to face food insecurity in 2021. But the spirit of hope never dim for Achol and many mothers. Their selfless determination to raise their children well are stories of courage and resilience.
South Sudan: 5.9 million without access to clean water
22 March is World Water Day: "A majority of the children suffering from malnutrition can be attributed to lack of clean water supply. It is a very critical need", says Komakech Ronald Mandela, World Vision's Nutrition Coordinator in Juba, South Sudan.
South Sudan’s internally-displaced fear for their lives without food assistance
“The South Sudanese women and children are the most affected in the onset of conflict, hunger and the pandemic. Women shoulder the burden of taking care of their children."
Charity urges fellow South Sudanese: “No woman should endure and die from abuse in silence”
"I didn’t have a place to stay, but the village chief provided us a space where we can build a house. He introduced me to World Vision’s women and girls friendly space. After weeks of psychosocial support and counselling, I felt normal again", says Charity, 38. This women and girls friendly spaces (WAGFS) is supported by the World Food Programme (WFP).
A Game Changer in Agriculture: Akech raises South Sudanese women at the frontline of fight against hunger
A Game Changer for Women in Agriculture: Akech, a mother of seven from Warrap State, has proven that South Sudanese women if given the opportunity, can be a great leader. She did not just change her life, but her whole community as well, leading by example. This food security and nutrition project implemented through South Sudan Grassroots Initiative for Development (SSGID) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Cooperation.
This 2021, we will go further to fulfill Our Promise to serve the children of South Sudan
"Responding to a pandemic as unprecedented as COVID-19 demands, above all, the "Jesus approach" of unconditional love and care for the needy, looking after our neighbours, and deliberate contributions to the global good" - Dr. Mesfin Loha, Country Director, World Vision South Sudan
#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.
South Sudan's mothers battle COVID-19 pandemic with livelihood and resilience
#RealLifeHeroes: Instead of losing hope and giving up during this COVID-19 pandemic, these South Sudanese mothers are producing face masks to earn income, feed their children, and protect their communities. Every mother is a #hiddenhero doing her best for her family - with eyes focused on a brighter future.
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.
COVID-19 Pandemic: One Year On
The coronavirus pandemic was declared globally on 11 March 2020 and the first cases in South Sudan were recorded on 5 April 2020. The country's population has been through a lot of suffering and was worsened by the crisis. But it was also a year that brought people together showing courage, resilience, and unity.
Education Cannot Wait
Education is among the hardest hit sectors when COVID-19 hit South Sudan in 2020. As soon as the lockdown was imposed and schools were close, many children felt doors to their future closed. A UN report estimated that around two million children in primary and secondary schools were deprived of learning opportunity. The report further states that this is in addition to the over 2.2 million who were already out of school due to poverty and many other reasons plaguing the country.
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.