Rescue Displaced Families in South Sudan

 
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You helped Nyariak open a tea shop for income!
You helped Nyariak open a tea shop for income!

Your gift to help rescue families displaced by conflict in South Sudan is reaching people in need with immediate aid and long-term assistance to resettle and rebuild their lives.

Since our last report, a total of 454 tons of food has been distributed to hungry families who fled violence in their hometowns and were unable to plant crops for this season. Your gift literally helped save their lives. Thank you!

One of those you helped rescue is a 28-year-old mother of two named Nyariak. She ran for her life when violence broke out in her hometown near the border of Unity state. Because of you, she received life-saving food. But you’ve also helped equip her with the means to provide for her family in lasting ways.

Nyariak joined a World Concern community bank, where she received small business training and a microloan to start a tea business. With her income, she has been able to purchase food for her family. She also saved up enough money to buy a goat and three chickens, which will provide milk and eggs for her children.

Nyariak is so grateful for the support. She says she plans to take another loan soon and expand her tea shop into a restaurant.

Your gift is not only helping families like Nyariak’s survive after conflict, but also resettle and rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Some of the men you’ve helped are learning to make fishing nets and fish for food and income. And other families are being trained in dry-season vegetable farming so they can grow nutritious food for their families year-round.

Your gift is helping families in South Sudan survive with immediate assistance—and receive skills and training to feed their families long-term.

You provided emergency food for families in need.
You provided emergency food for families in need.
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You're equipping fishermen with income and food.
Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.
Because of you, Eliza received food for her kids.

Your gift is helping provide emergency food and assistance to displaced families in South Sudan. With your help, 241 tons of food was distributed last month, feeding 18,331 hungry people. Thank you for helping make this possible!

Despite more than a year passing since violence broke out in South Sudan, millions are still displaced and need help. Your gift is reaching those in need. One of those you helped is a mom named Eliza.

Eliza’s bright smile conceals the fact she spent the past 12 hours in the open cold, waiting for food. Although she lives only 5 km from the food distribution center in Wau, spending the night outside its gates means she will be among the first in line, and this is especially important for the mother of 9.

“If I sleep at home, I won’t have a chance to receive food today,” she said. The middle-aged widow is among 9,000 displaced persons who received food rations from World Concern during a 3-day food distribution in Wau.

For Eliza, “life has not been so good,” she said reflecting on the past year after fleeing her home when fighting broke out.

But the emergency rations of cereals, grains, oil, and salt are a huge relief for her, as she is assured that her children can eat. Your gift is helping save lives, like Eliza’s children.

As we usher in 2015, we are leading communities in South Sudan to move beyond crisis towards lasting change. In addition to providing emergency food and assistance, your gift helps provide long-term assistance including seeds, farming tools, and agricultural training. In this way, families in South Sudan can avoid famine by planting crops for the coming months.

Thank you for walking alongside the families in South Sudan into recovery and helping them rebuild their lives.

Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
Eliza smiles as she receives food for her kids.
With your help thousands of families received food
With your help thousands of families received food
Your gifts are helping provide emergency food.
Your gifts are helping provide emergency food.

With your help, thousands of hungry families in South Sudan are receiving emergency food, halting the damaging effects of malnutrition and ensuring young children can grow healthy. Your gifts are helping provide emergency food rations, including beans, sugar, vegetable oil, salt, and cornmeal.

And, you’re giving them more than a hand-out. Your support also provides farming assistance—seeds, tools, and training—so these families can grow healthy crops to sustain themselves long-term.

For months, the fledgling nation of South Sudan has teetered on the brink of famine. Millions displaced by violence were unable to plant crops before the rainy season. Without intervention, there would be no harvest for them.

In Warrap state, the average family is only able to spend 70 cents a day on food. Can you imagine having less than a dollar a day to feed your little ones? Because of this, many children are malnourished and at risk of not developing properly.

You’re providing life-saving assistance for these families—and more. With enough food, parents can focus on resettling, planting, and earning income. This is lasting change. And you helped make this possible.

With your support, hungry families received food.
With your support, hungry families received food.
You helped provide emergency supplies for Madut.
You helped provide emergency supplies for Madut.

Madut will never forget the night he fled his home in Unity State, South Sudan. The 55-year-old father was only able to grab his children and a few clothing items as they ran.

“There were bullet shots everywhere,” he recalls with fear in his voice. “I and my family were lucky. We ran to the police station, and from there, we made it by foot to Lietnhom.”

That’s where Madut met World Concern staff who are assisting displaced families like his, with support from donors like you.

Madut has been feeding his family by weeding people’s farms for a meager wage. They have nothing, and nowhere to go. “Where do I go? People are still being killed,” he said. He and his family are among more than 1.5 million people who have been displaced by the fighting in South Sudan since December.

With your help, Madut received emergency supplies for his family to survive, including blankets, mosquito nets, soap, and other necessities.

“My children and my wife will be safe from cold and from malaria,” he said. “I’m very grateful to World Concern for this support.”

Without your generous gifts, we would not be able to reach families like Madut’s who have lost everything in the crisis in South Sudan. Thank you.

Your gift also helps families like Apuk
Your gift also helps families like Apuk's.
Your gift is helping Souleman
Your gift is helping Souleman's family survive.

Your gift is helping us reach families in crisis in South Sudan.

In the last six months, more than 1 million people have fled their homes because of violence and fighting. With so many living in camps or temporary shelter, there are growing concerns about the potential for famine… Unless families can plant crops now, there will be no harvest—and no food.

At the IOM Way-station in Wau, the capital of Warrap State, hundreds of people sit under massive permanent tarp structures – the structures are so large that the majority of them sleep beneath a single roof.

“Some of us stayed in the camp and others of us remained in our homes for 27 days. We could not come out,” shared Suleman, a young father who fled Unity State. “I knew I could not stay there. My shop had been completely looted. I saw dead bodies lining the street; even one of my colleagues was shot.”

With the money he had left, Suleman paid for public transportation to take him, his wife, and his children to Wau – where they stay today.

With your support, Souleman’s family received food rations from World Concern to help them survive the crisis.

Prior to that, “We only had the food and water that what was in our homes,” he said.

We’re also assisting farmers in the areas where we work with seeds and tools so they’re able to plant crops and ensure there is food to harvest in a few months. Without this support, communities would be headed for further disaster.

Thank you for your generous support to help families in crisis in South Sudan.

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Organization

World Concern

Seattle, WA, United States
http://www.worldconcern.org

Project Leader

Cathy Herholdt

Seattle, WA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Rescue Displaced Families in South Sudan