Rescue Displaced Families in South Sudan

by World Concern
Villages in South Sudan are growing thanks to you!
Villages in South Sudan are growing thanks to you!

Your gifts are making such a life-changing difference in South Sudan.

In the most remote villages, you’re bringing hope to people who have endured decades of suffering and hardship. But they’re now seeing the benefit of your support, and enjoying the new opportunity that it brings.

Thanks to you, children are getting more chances to learn and be educated, clean water and nutritious food is becoming more accessible, and incomes are on the rise thanks to the introduction of job skills training.

Right now, your gifts are teaching moms and dads new skills that are allowing them to grow the household income and invest in their family’s future. With some extra money, children are able to attend school more regularly and small businesses are able to expand.

As farming communities, these families rely heavily on fertile land but in the midst of a long-term drought, planting and harvesting crops can be incredibly difficult. But thanks to you, the families that work the land now look forward to nutritious food year round.

In recent weeks, your gifts have trained groups of farmers in soil fertility, and drought-resistant farming techniques. You’ve provided hardier seeds and the right tools for them to work the rocky and parched soil. Your generosity is giving families hope, and inspiring farmers with the knowledge and confidence needed to improve the texture and health of the soil.

But the impact of your generosity hasn't stopped there! You were also able to teach the village women new business skills that was immediately put into practice at the local market. With their new knowledge, mothers have been able to significantly contribute to the family income and start women’s savings groups to encourage other women to start small businesses of their own.

We can’t thank you enough for standing with these men, women, and children. It’s because of you that these once displaced families have new hope, and feel empowered to not only work their way out of poverty, but to contribute to the financial health of their community.

You are the backbone to the success in these remote South Sudanese villages. Thank you for helping the poorest people break the cycle of poverty once and for all. 

You're giving food, and more to the poorest people


We’re so grateful for you helping displaced families in South Sudan. Without you, many families were simply unsure where their next meal was coming from.

Your gifts helped to change that, recently providing them with emergency rations like sorghum and wheat. But you provided so much more than just a handout. These short-term solutions are absolutely necessary at times but like you, we want long-term change to take place. Your gifts will help make this happen where village by village, you'll be now teaching the poorest communities the necessary skills to make life better for generations to come. 

For the first time in living memory, displaced families in South Sudan are feeling confident. This is because you've equipped them with the tools and skills necessary to plant, grow, and harvest their own food, and this is critical as the seasons change and the rainfall becomes less frequent. Your gifts arrived just in time, and we're so thankful that you've chosen to continue walking with them on this journey.

One elderly woman (pictured), who you recently helped to feed, is typical of the people you're impacting. She had walked with her village friends for two full days, just to reach the food distribution point.

As ton after ton of sorghum was unloaded from the trucks and passed out to waiting families, this grandma stood patiently waiting nearby. Once she received her food she sat down exhausted, relieved that this part of her journey was now over. As she now returns to her community, your gifts will go with her and we'll tell you how in a moment.

First, it's important to know that many people like this grandma have never known peace. They have endured war, violence, and poverty for generations. And while change here is moving slowly, it's encouraging to know that it's your gifts that are making it possible.

In the poorest villages, your gifts will help to introduce drought-tolerant farming techniques so that crops are available throughout the year. You'll be showing small business owners how to better manage their income, leading to an economically healthier community. And you're encouraging families to invest in the growth of their villages by starting schools, improving village health by installing latrines.

As you can see, you're changing lives in South Sudan!   

You are making a big difference for families displaced by war and living in poverty. Not just with emergency food, but by providing children, moms, dads (and grandma's) with lasting sources of hope.

Little Akol was in desperate need of help...
Little Akol was in desperate need of help...

Your support to displaced families in South Sudan is bringing joy, hope and opportunity at a time when they need it most. In the past few months, you have helped to distribute a staggering 133 metric tons of foods to families registered with the World Food Program.

All told, you helped 14,745 children, moms, and dads—so on behalf of each one, thank you! This distribution was urgent as there has been a countrywide rise in food prices and fuel since September. This situation is paralyzing to displaced families and so to ease the burden, they were provided with sorghum, beans, yellow peas, vegetable oil and salt.

Tensions are high in South Sudan right now, with violence and injustice once again rearing its ugly head. Now more than ever, your support is making a difference, and on behalf of the families that you’re building up and blessing, thank you!

Change here doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s important for you to understand what these families have endured just to get to this point. Most have never lived in peace, having survived a brutal civil war and the consequences that come with such a conflict. These circumstances cause development to move slowly, as the communities learn to trust each other and the guidance of those who are helping.

That being said, we want you to be encouraged by the progressive steps that families are making. Thanks to you, every week more and more people are being trained in new agricultural and business training to help their small businesses (usually farmers or small shops) thrive in the tough economic environment. Any increase in income can yield huge benefits for a family in need, often meaning that children can go to school, or more food on the family table. So whether it’s more efficient ways to farm, or selling excess at local markets, your gifts are bringing change to remote South Sudanese communities.

Of course clean water and sanitation remain the highest priorities, and your support continues to roll out health and hygiene training wherever it’s needed. This is critically important to reducing sickness within the villages, teaching families basic hygiene tips such as hand-washing and not allowing animals to drink from a family’s water supply. Its sounds simple, but it makes a big difference to the health of the people.

Staying on water, your gifts have recently help to dig a well! Thanks to you, families can now enjoy clean, fresh and safe drinking water. No more walking for miles to collect water from a dirty hole in the ground, instead the families you’re helping will be happier and healthier.  

To wrap up this report we want to leave you with an encouraging story from a young boy named Akol, whose life has been turned around thanks to your giving.

When we first met Akol, his eyes were empty and were crying out for more. He wasn’t attending school, was unhealthy, and unhappy. But fast forward to today, your gifts have given him new hope, and what a proud young boy he is!  Akol is now in school. He has a uniform, and he’s more confident than ever before.

Friend, you’re bringing hope, healing, and happiness to displaced families in South Sudan, and for that, we thank you!

...then your gifts changed Akol
...then your gifts changed Akol's life!
You're helping villages dig wells for clean water

That headline may seem a little extreme, but in South Sudan, it's true! People's lives are being transformed and literally saved thanks to your generosity.

Displaced families are beginning to see hope, as we move beyond providing emergency assistance such as food and shelter, and begin working towards more sustainable solutions.

While it takes time for wounds to heal, it's encouraging to see families starting to resettle and restore their livelihoods. Wells have been dug, huts and homes are being built, animals are being penned and in one village, a community center is even being constructed.  People are feeling empowered again, with some joining savings groups that encourage members to contribute a small amout of their income each month, then take turns borrowing from the group to expand their business, purchase animals, plant crops, or seek medical care.  

When 4-year-old Marco's stomach started to swell and become incredibly painful, his mother Angelina started to fear for his life. Far away from medical care she knew that her little boy needed emergency treatment. So when he started vomiting blood and lost conciousness, she leapt into action. She borrowed some money from the savings group, which was enough to hire a car (after a 2-hour walk) and get Marco to the hospital.

Thanks to your gifts, Marco was able to have emergency surgery for an intenstinal blockage and survived. The giant scar on his belly shows the extent of the surgery.  Typically, a mom would have to sacrifice her livelihood in an emergency like this.

"I didn't sell a goat. It's a long process which involvs taking the goat to the town center where it may stay for up to two days before anyone purchases it," Angelina explained. 

Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her income as well as her son's life.

For all this good news, there are still many concerns in South Sudan. This past week has seen insecurity flare up again with a sharp increase in the number of people seeking shelter at United Nations protection sites.

Thank you for helping Angelina and Marco and for supporting communities as they rebuild. Please continue to walk alongside them as they work towards a more stable and hopeful future. 

Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her son
Thanks to you, Angelina was able to save her son
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.
You're equipping fishermen with income and food.

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World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States

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