Tearfund Canada has been on the front lines of serving those most at risk of death or permanent damage due to the famine and war in South Sudan. Our partnerships with World Relief U.S, Tearfund South Sudan, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Government of Canada means we are trusted and have been able to react quickly and effectively to reach the most vulnerable, on both sides of the conflict.
The majority of households in Aweil rely on the agriculture sector as a means of livelihood. Depleted harvests due to long dry spells followed by severe flooding and pest problems, combined with rising prices of staple food prices have left over 60% of the population severely food insecure. This program provides vulnerable households with food vouchers, enabling them to receive 105 kg of grain, 11 kg of beans, 6 litres of vegetable oil, and 1 kg of iodized salt per month.
In the midst of the conflict and food insecurity lies a deep hidden suffering: Gender-Based Violence. It is rampant, and often used as a weapon of war. The majority of women and girls aged 12 and older are victims of Gender-Based Violence, and experience deep emotional, social, physical and spiritual scars. This program is providing community training and trauma healing groups to support women and prevent cases of Gender-Based Violences in vulnerable communities.
In the last year:
- A total of 4 Gender-Based Violence awareness trainings reaching 120 leaders (80 women, 20 men, 12 boys and 8 girls) were conducted. Out of the training, the facilitators have gained meaningful skills on biblical trauma healing.
- 4 church-based trauma-healing groups have been formed.
- 1,200 households (1,012 female-headed households and 188 male-headed households), benefitting 8,400 beneficiaries, received food portions.
In the last few decades:
- 44,594 people were screened for severe acute malnutrition, 11,235 of whom were women.
- 43,372 were given nutrition treatment or counselling.
- 20,381 people in 2, 660 households received food aid packages.
- 24,605 people in 37 villages had their water wells rehabilitated.
- 28 villages received well cleaning toolkits.
- 1,286,040 packages of Plumpy’Nut were distributed.