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 along 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 bene 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.
Food Security in Kajo Keji
Ravished by war, famine, and drought, families in South Sudan face chronic food shortages. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the situation, cutting off economic supply chains and agricultural commodities during the lean season – a time during the year before harvest. Severe malnutrition is common among the most vulnerable – young children, widows, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
COVID-19 has disrupted traditional distribution and economic routes. There is also a real desire to shift households away from a dependency model, to become self-sufficient. Along with food scarcity, many women suffer from immense trauma caused by wide-spread sexual violence during the civil war.
This project provides three rounds of emergency food assistance to 1,150 households in 10 villages. It is also providing households with vegetable seeds and tools, along with training on gardening, to help families be able to grow their own food. Lastly, in tandem with Tearfund’s SGBV project, the project aims to provide gender training and awareness specifically around topics such as female value and sexual assault.
- Location: Warawar Area, Aweil East County
- Timeframe: May 2020 – Aug 2020
- Total Budget: $851,837
A total of 13,452 individuals in 10 villages will be provided with nutritional food for three months over the lean period. They will also start to learn how to grow their own food in order to mitigate chronic hunger long-term.
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