The long civil war in South Sudan destabilized communities and pushed millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) northward. Most IDPs live in extreme poverty in Omdurman and Khartoum and work in unskilled jobs with long hours, often far from their homes in the slums. Single mothers head the majority of IDP households, and many IDP children drop out of school to help earn money for their families. Only 60 percent of IDP children in North Sudan complete primary school.
The project helps women-headed IDP households become self-reliant. It pays for children's school fees, basic living expenses, clothes, and medical expenses and provides women with microloans. As a pilot, we are helping Ms. Alia's family of 6.
Keeping IDP children in school will give them a ticket out of poverty. This will ripple to their families and community. Helping single mothers earn a decent living will give them the confidence to transform their lives and their community.