Years of war, drought, and famine has left a permanent mark on South Sudan and its people.
- Over 80% of the population lives on less than $1 a day.
- In 2017, 60% of the population was severely food insecure and many children were on the verge of death from starvation.
But where suffering is, God is already there working, ready to pour out his love. For decades, Tearfund Canada has been on the front lines of serving the most vulnerable in South Sudan. Although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go.
Over the last 4 years, Tearfund has provided thousands of individuals and children with life-saving emergency food. Now, as the immediate threat of starvation subsides, our focus is turning to long-term sustainable development – teaching families how to grow more food to be able to feed their families. But that’s not all. One of the sobering statistics that came out of our work has been that 72% of women over the age of 12 have been sexually assaulted – often used as a weapon of war. Tearfund is working with local churches to help heal the deep wounds that have been created.
Hope in the Midst of Violence
In the midst of many problems in South Sudan lies a deep hidden suffering: Gender-Based Violence. It is rampant and often used as a weapon of war. The majority of girls and women aged 12 or older are victims of Gender-based violence and experience deep emotional, social, physical, and spiritual scars.
Efforts to provide trauma healing for survivors have been few and far in between. There is a general lack of understanding on the issue in South Sudan – particularly within the church.
Building off progress made by prior projects, your support is funding awareness training for Church Pastors and leaders on their role in trauma healing and the identification of at least 120 community members to become trauma healing facilitators. These facilitators usually are survivors of sexual violence themselves. Church-based healing groups will then be organized and run to offer support and healing to survivors – helping to heal the deep wounds caused by the trauma.
- Location: Aweil East
- Timeframe: March 2020 – Feb 2021
- Total Budget: $46,430