Transform a Village in South Sudan



The problems associated with extreme poverty can seem overwhelming. Conflict. Hunger. Sickness. We can't change the whole world, but together, we can see one village transformed. With you, World Concern will walk alongside families in the village of Lietnhom, South Sudan, helping them build their lives and their community from the ground up. We'll focus on long-term solutions: water, education, farming, microfinance and more.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Years of oppression and war have led to extreme poverty in Lietnhom. Most families survive on meager incomes from raising cattle, or selling firewood or thatch. Small farms are rain fed and vulnerable to droughts, which are common here. There are only three wells in this village of 10,000 people, so many people collect water from filthy ponds. The children in Lietnhom show signs of malnourishment and sicknesses like malaria and typhoid. The majority of people are illiterate and unskilled.

How will this project solve this problem?

Together, we'll make sure children are in school, where they belong. We'll teach farmers to grow sustainable, drought-resistant crops to feed their families. Through our vocational training center, which World Concern opened in 2010, we'll provide job skills and the tools and funding for people to start businesses. They'll learn the value of saving through village banks, and be able to pay for school fees and better support their families. We'll build wells and latrines and teach hygiene.

Potential Long Term Impact

With job skills, families' incomes will increase. Clean water, sanitation and hygiene training will improve the health of villagers. Improved farming techniques will improve nutrition and food security. Educating children will open up opportunities for a better, more productive future than their parents' generation. Village banks and savings groups will help people save and be better prepared for potential crises, such as drought, in the future.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,709

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,709 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Seattle, WA, United States

Project Leader

Cathy Herholdt

Seattle, Washington United States

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