The most effective way to protect people from the disaster of famine is to support people to be more resilient, and self-sufficient:

 1. Fishing hooks and line are critical, as in many places fish is the only food available.

 2. We will continue to supply vegetable seeds and tools.

 3. Income-generating activities like raising chickens and ducks, or setting up small shops, mean families can earn income to buy food.

PLUS, we fully support our LWF team in South Sudan to switch from long-term development work to whatever emergency action is needed to save lives.



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Shelter and Safety in South Sudan

More than 950,000 people have fled their homes in South Sudan because of the conflict that erupted in mid-December 2013.

Within South Sudan people flock to towns that remain safe, or to UN compounds, or simply hide in the bush.

Mayol and her daughter are two of these people who had to flee the fighting...

Mayol, and her baby daughter Nadin, arrived at a temporary shelter
in a safe place in South Sudan, after weeks walking through the bush.
They fled their home town of Bentiu in late 2013.

You can see the emotional pain of leaving home and loved ones in
Mayol’s face as she looks at photos of her relatives, a precious keepsake
among the few things she could take with her. We thank God Mayol and
Nadin are safe here, because in mid-April rebel gunmen in South Sudan
massacred hundreds of civilians in ethnic killings in Bentiu.

The UN said “more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over
400 wounded” in the town’s main mosque. It appears there were
further massacres at a church, a hospital and an abandoned World
Food Program compound.

Your help is needed to care for people like Mayol and Nadin as the conflict in South Sudan continues.

Action Idea:
In South Sudan, cattle are a family’s wealth. Communities bring their cattle together in large cattle camps to protect them. Boys and young men live with the cattle, and move them seeking pasture to graze and fresh water to drink. You can help care for a cow by helping train para-vets and supplying veterinary medicines.
Care for a Cow - just $12

Country: South Sudan

Where: Jonglei State

What: Crisis Response Plan

Who: Returning refugees, internally displaced people & host communities (numbers unclear as situation is fluid)

Our Contribution in 2016: $600,000 

Working closely with the UN and other agencies, the Lutheran project in South Sudan has assisted the reintegration of people returning to their homeland after many years in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

Recent projects supported by you through ALWS have focused on primary education, water, sanitation and hygiene, peace building and human rights awareness.

The current conflict in South Sudan means much funding has been diverted to care for displaced people who've been forced to flee their homes. Your emergency care through ALWS includes seeds, fishing equipment, mosquito nets, veterinary care for cattle (an important source of livelihood), clean water, latrines, education equipment, support for vulnerable children, and disaster risk reduction.


Where: Selected areas in Darfur, West Sudan

What: Darfur Emergency Response Operations (DERO) through ACT Alliance

Who: 933,571 refugees, internally displaced people & host communities

Our Contribution: $50,000

Ongoing conflict and flooding has continued to displace people in Dafur and make it difficult for essential services and resources to reach them. The duration of the conflict means that families are in need of support to develop coping strategies and life skills to help them survive and look after their families’ needs.


Health and Nutrition

  • feeding for malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women
  • health centres
  • maternal and infant health services

Water Sanitation and Hygiene 

  • handpumps rehabilitated
  • water quality monitoring
  • water storage tanks repaired
  • latrines constructed
  • hygiene awareness sessions facilitated

Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • communities have access to shelter materials and non-food materials (eg cooking sets, clothes, sleeping matresses)
  • communities are able to better cope and respond to disasters (eg flood) and respond to the needs of most vulnerable in communities  in emergencies


  • distribution of seeds and tools
  • training on agriculture, business and vocational skills


  • construction of classrooms
  • training of teachers and parent-teacher associations
  • school materials and sporting equipment provided 

Stories from the program

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