Implement and enforce laws and policies to ensure protection for all children in Sudan
Thirty years after the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), Sudan stands at a critical juncture in realising and actualising children’s rights. On this year's Day of the African Child, child rights and child-focused agencies Save the Children International, Plan International, World Vision International and UNICEF call for the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to ensure protection for all children in Sudan.
Engaging faith leaders to prevent and address harmful practices against children
World Vision is mobilising the support of faith leaders of both Muslim and Christian faiths to advocate for change, as part of its approach to promote a protective environment for children. We are equipping faith leaders with communication skills, particularly on approaching sensitive topics that are often considered taboo or of which people are shy to speak (including female genital mutilation - FGM, early marriage, domestic abuse and menstrual health).
Over 7 million food insecure in Sudan: World Vision is on the ground responding
At least 7.1 million people in Sudan are severely food insecure and need urgent action. Internally displaced populations, refugees and conflict-affected host populations in Darfur, South Kordofan, as well as part of Blue Nile, are especially the hardest hit. As part of our interventions, World Vision is reaching 435,000 people each month through food distribution, 115,000 people through cash assistance, and 70,000 children across 81 schools through school meals.
World Vision launches new five-year strategy, targeting 2.1 million children in Sudan
The strategy prioritises food security and livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and health and nutrition programmes as the means to directly impact children and their communities. It also prioritises child protection throughout its implementation.
Click here to read our press release from the strategy launch. For a breakdown of the strategy, click below.
World Vision launches a response appeal to reach 50,000 people affected by floods across Sudan
Nearly two months of heavy rains and flooding experienced across Sudan has killed at least 100 people, displaced thousands, including vulnerable children and left a trail of devastation. The Government estimated that more than 650,000 people have been affected, leading it to declare a 90-day state of emergency. World Vision launched a US$ 1.5 million humanitarian response appeal to adequately provide assistance to an estimated 50,000 people in dire need of emergency assistance, in all of its four operational areas.
Community-led Complementary Feeding Sessions: A preventive approach to combating malnutrition
Somai Adam, 28 years old, a mother of four children first came to learn of the community learning sessions at a World Vision-run nutrition centre in Mershing, South Darfur state, where she had brought her child –now three years old, then just a little over six months old– for treatment. According to the community volunteers who referred her to the facility, her child was underweight for her age.
The biggest concern with COVID-19
World Vision is actively represented in two of Sudan's eight COVID-19 response pillars outlined in the country's preparedness and response plan, which are namely Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). Martin Mutisya, our WASH Programme Manager based in the capital Khartoum, has been participating in response activities since mid-March. On our latest blog, he shares reflections from the ground, noting that the biggest challenge is not so much a lack of knowledge, but changing attitudes and behaviours.
As a child-focused organisation, our goal is to see children reach their full potential. We don’t just want children to survive, we want them to thrive! We began working in Sudan in 1983, our programmes were initially operational until 1988. In June 2004, we resumed operations, in response to the Darfur Crisis.
Today, our teams of dedicated development and humanitarian professionals work tirelessly to contribute to the improved well-being of boys and girls through multi-sectoral and community-based programmes across four states: South Darfur, Blue Nile, East Darfur and South Kordofan. Our headquarters are in Khartoum.
We remain committed to our vision of life in all its fullness for all children. By 2020, we hope to have positively affected 2.5 million boys and girls in Sudan.
Improved Access to Clean Water
Each time our teams establish a new water system or supports the rehabilitation of a broken one, more children and adults have access to clean and safe water. We are also extending clean water access to schools and health facilities.
In 2017, at least 6,000 people in Um Labassa community, South Darfur, collected water for the first time from an improved water source after World Vision helped the community install a solar-powered water structure.
Lack of reliable livelihood or income hinder vulnerable families. We are working to empower the most vulnerable families through initiatives such as Savings Groups, designed to provide access to financial services.
In 2015, Munira took out a loan of 1,500 Sudanese Pounds (equivalent of US$150) to buy two goats. By 2017, her herd had multiplied to 13. Today, Munira sells her goats to meet the needs of her children, like Mohamed (pictured).
Improving Access to Education
World Vision contributes to increasing access to education for the most vulnerable children through promoting school enrollment, increasing the amount of engagement of parents, guardians, communities and volunteers in children’s education, improving learning environments for children as well, as providing learning and teaching materials. These education opportunities are made available in both formal and informal settings.