South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees

by Hope Health Action
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees
South Sudan Emergency Appeal for 600 Refugees

This project begun at a time when our refugee response work was in its infancy. We were called to help a group of people desperately trying to live within their own country, cut off from aid, and living along deadly fighting. What we could do was to help them with emergency food rations, and the agricultural materials to grow their own food. Thanks to individual supporters like you, but also GlobalGiving and other grants we received, we were able to deliver this project over the last year.

The group of IDPs originally described has since increased in size and has moved back and forth over the Ugandan border several times trying to retain some hold in their own country but also trying to stay alive by fleeing the war when it it came too close. Despite this particular project ending, we are still helping this group as part of our wider work within the refugee settlements. We have received separate grant funding to continue the agricultural support, and those suffering from malnutrition or disability receive support from HHA through our other streams of work in the region. For example, several received adapted wheelchairs recently as part of our partnership with Walkabout Foundation and Euromonitor International.

Life still remains incredibly hard for these people, but thanks to your support they are now receiving some of the basic support they need to survive these tough times. 

Please follow our work in East Africa via our website and facebook feeds. We have recently set up a new GlobalGiving Project which aims to build and run a disability centre in one of the refugee settlements as part of our commitment to care for the most vulnerable. If you wish to support our work in the region further then please check out our other projects as our work builds.

Thanks you so much for your support.

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Last week, HHA volunteer Emma Cordell, visited a new location where many of the IDPs we’re supporting through your help are now based due to renewed fighting in South Sudan. She describes below the reality of what the families are living through...

'HHA's South Sudan team, most of whom are refugees themselves, greet us with such warmth and smiles. But I soon realise that behind the warm exterior, the South Sudanese refugees each have harrowing experiences of fleeing the war.

I joined the HHA team on a school visit - to run leadership training and disability advocacy with the teachers. A teacher asked the question “how best can we look after the traumatised children?” On first glance, they looked so upbeat; laughing, singing, dancing and running around. It wasn’t until I overheard 2 boys proclaim, whilst waving a long stick at a group of children, “you cannot cross my border!”. A sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach began to emerge knowing the pain they'd faced crossing borders…these children have seen situations that are too unbearable to dwell on. 15 kids alone in this one school are orphans, we believe most due to the war, a reality too close for comfort. Whilst we're in the school, adult refugees look across the landscape towards South Sudan just kilometres away. Whilst kids sing and dance with us, the sound of shelling and gun fire can be heard across the border as a new wave of fighting threatens a group of IDP camps HHA has been trying to help. Those who hadn't fled into Uganda remained in hiding in the bush.'

Emma was joined by HHA CEO, Carwyn Hill, who was doing a new needs assessment of this area following our recent work. Carwyn shared from Uganda, ‘it has been both an encouragement and a challenge visiting these IDPs again. They remain incredibly grateful of HHA’s support through our Global Giving partnership, a project which has given food security to some of the most vulnerable. Supporting 1,101 individuals, many with disabilities, HIV, TB, leporsy and other challenges, in this context is an important achievement! It was also amazing seeing some of the IDPs in their wheelchairs following our distribution with The Walkabout foundation, thanks to EuroMonitor International. Last December, we helped distribute 290 wheelchairs with these partners, with over 20 going to the IDPs. However, we can’t stop here. On our site visit, the sound of guns could be heard in the distance with IDPs becoming displaced again. At a UNHCR coordination meeting this week which HHA attended, the challenges around food insecurity were again emphasised. An estimated 5.3 million South Sudanese people (48% of the population), are currently facing a food crisis. According to some reports, undernutrition contributes to 45% of all under 5 deaths. Furthermore, this doesn’t only impact South Sudan now, but generations to come. Research shows that stunting caused by malnutrition leads to poor education performance, low adult wages, and lost productivity. It’s why we need to continue to act.’

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The people who we have been helping through this project had lost virtually everything when they were forced out of their homes. The elderly and those with disabilities have suffered more than most with no help but from those around them. But during the summer, our project started to build hope for these people with the provision of food to eat and the tools and seeds to grow their own food sustainably. After serveral deliveries of aid and resources we started to see the harvests from the early deliveries which brought joy to us all.

But in November we received news that the fighting in South Sudan had spread further south and opposing sides were now fighting in the IDP camps themselves. Those who could, fled in the night but many were left in the camps to pray that they would be spared. One elderly man shared his experience of lying in his shelter as bullets flew over his head, unable to run away with others. He knew the stories of indiscriminate killing by soldiers on both sides and feared for his life as armed men approached him. Thankfully he was spared along with most others but everyone has now been forced over the border into Uganda having lost their crops.

While this is sad news, we still have hope. Our CEO visited the region again in December and was elated to see many of the people he’d met in the IDP camps earlier in the year. They told harrowing stories but as many as 400 people had turned out to come and give feedback on the programme we’d been running. Many of them were eating the produce from the harvest our programme had made possible. In fact the feedback was that 80% of the harvests were successful, a great encouragement to us. This was a great moment for our CEO, to see these people still positive and benefiting from the programme.

Through our relationships with UNHCR who run the camps in Uganda, we can still continue our work with these vulnerable people. We are providing more emergency food aid and shelters as most came over the border with nothing.

One positive of these people being forced into Uganda is that we can now help those with disabilities in a bigger way. In December, we helped to distribute 91 adapted wheelchairs to refugees in need, including some who had recently fled the IDP camps. This project was delivered in partnership with the Walkabout Foundation and sponsored by Euromonitor International and we thank them both for the opportunity to make a big difference in this way.

So despite this set back, our work to help these marginalised people goes on. We send our thanks to GlobalGiving and all those who contribute for enabling us to help even more people.

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Monday 16th October is World Food Day and GlobalGiving have presented us with an amazing opportunity to double the value of donations we receive.

Our project has been helping to feed a group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) near the Ugandan border of South Sudan. These people have been forced to flea horrific violence and are now camped in terrible conditions with very little support. The donations we’ve already received has helped us deliver 3 batches of aid to this camp providing months of food rations but also seeds and farming equipment so they can grow and harvest their own food - the fruits of which can already be seen.

We have targeted the most vulnerable for this aid but the truth is there are many thousands who need this help so the more funding we can source, the more people we can help. 

This Monday is an opportunity to donate to this project and have your donation doubled by GlobalGiving. For one day only, any donations this project receives via our GlobalGiving page will be 100% matched (up to $1000) meaning your donation can do twice as much good.

The campaign starts from 2pm U.K. time (9am EDT) so please make sure your donation falls in the qualifying period. Even a small gift will make a difference so please donate if you can. Just a few pounds or dollars can buy enough equipment for a family to produce their own harvest and feed themselves. What outcome could be better on World Food Day than providing a desperate family with a sustainable source of food?

Thank you so much for your support.

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At HHA, we aim to work for the most vulnerable people in the world. It's one thing saying it, but with so much suffering all around the world do we actually do it?

From what we've seen the families and individuals benefiting from this project surely must be some of the most vulnerable. Already in poverty, they have been driven from their homes with unspeakable violence, family members murdered and now living in make-shift camps in a region hit by severe famine. And when you think that some of these have severe disability and illness as well, the need for intervention is clear.

So this project was partly about providing emergency food rations, of which there have now been 2 successful deliveries into South Sudan, but perhaps more importantly providing these people with the means to grow their own food and take some control back over their lives.

Thanks to your support, this week we received news and pictures from our South Sudan partners saying communities were ‘rejoicing’ at the harvest they now have! Our CEO, Carwyn Hill, was delighted receiving these pictures, having witnessed first hand many of the families earlier this year, having just planted their seeds. Carwyn said, ‘HHA's mission is provide life-saving health and disability care to the world's most vulnerable. On my visit to these IDP camps, I genuinely felt that we were literally supporting some of the most vulnerable with this project, assisting over 100 people with physical and mental disabilities, those with leprosy, HIV, TB or other illnesses and their additional 500+ family members. To see a blind man and his friend tend to their new field using tools HHA provided was incredibly special. Or, to watch a woman who has previously faced incredible domestic violence, smile as she was empowered to take back control of her life. Or, a woman with leprosy facing so many challenges given some hope and joy by the crops she’s successfully grown thanks to you.’ It really is a time of ‘rejoicing’.

However, whilst many of the families we’ve assisted have been celebrating, sadly there have been some struggles. Torrential rain sadly washed some crops away and some insects also attached some crops. We are determined to ensure these families receive on-going emergency food aid to cover these challenges, but also equip them with the seeds necessary to have another harvest. Thanks to a new grant awarded by GlobalGiving but funded by supporters like you, we will be increasing the numbers benefiting from this nutritional support. We are so grateful for this additional support. The need is still huge but we are making a difference and the more money we can find, the more people we can help.

Many thanks for your support.

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Hope Health Action

Location: West Wickham, Kent - United Kingdom
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