Years of war and ongoing insecurity, coupled with natural disasters like floods and locusts, and COVID-19, continue to hurt people. You help assist refugees and displaced people to return to their homes and start rebuilding their lives.
Strengthening Integrated Livelihoods Strategies and Peaceful Co-existence Capacities for Conflict Affected Returnees, Internally Displaced Persons, Host Communities and at-risk Communities
Jonglei State – Duk, Twic East and Jalle Counties
Lutheran World Federation South Sudan
From school-girl to surgeon
FACT: A girl in South Sudan is 3 times more likely to die in childbirth than to finish Primary School.
This is a fact girls like Elizabeth face every day, so her success (she’s aiming to be a surgeon!) is proof of the difference you can make in a girl’s life when you support their education.
Conflict in South Sudan has forced more than 4.2 million people from their homes. 2.3 million people have left the country, the others search for safety inside South Sudan.
The crisis hit Elizabeth’s village too. When armed gunmen attacked in December 2013, luckily she was safe, far away at primary school in Kenya.
However, Elizabeth’s uncle was killed in the fighting, and the rest of the family fled. Elizabeth’s grandfather passed away because he was too frail to make the journey without food, clean water or medical attention.
Yet conflict is just one of the challenges that prevent a girl like Elizabeth having an education in South Sudan. As she explains:
“Girls who do begin primary school hardly ever finish.
They are taken out when they reach puberty for fear of molestation and harassment, or to get married, or to contribute to household chores.”
The result is adolescent girls in South Sudan are three times more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school.
In fact, around 90 per cent of South Sudan’s women are illiterate (UNDP, 2015).
Through ALWS, you support primary education in areas like Panyagor in South Sudan.
You help rebuild schools, train teachers, build latrines to protect girls’ safety, provide learning materials, and even support the travelling school for children who live in mobile cattle camps. You can see the power of your help when you listen to Elizabeth:
“When girls have an education we can contribute so much more to our families and our communities…
believe me, once you have the opportunity to go to school you don’t want to walk away from it.”
There are simple practical things you can support through ALWS that help girls like Elizabeth stay in school:
“We only need little things like school uniforms, exercise and textbooks, school bags.
Girls can do everything as well as boys–we just need to be given the opportunity and the chance and we will show you.”
Elizabeth is already showing what she can do. She’s convinced her younger siblings to all enrol in school. She hopes they will follow in her footsteps.
“As for me, I am going to continue to follow my dreams and become a surgeon.
I recognise the road is still long, but I am not going to give up… after all, when you educate a girl you educate a nation.”
The road to peace and prosperity, out of conflict and poverty, is long and hard in South Sudan. You can be sure that ALWS, and our partner LWF, are committed to the journey, so you can continue to support people like Elizabeth to transform their lives. Thank you!
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- 325 farmers engaged in Farmer Field Schools
- 80 farmers grew crops and vegetables
- 850 households received goats
- 100 members of Village Savings Associations started saving, and set up small businesses
- 990 students (160 new in 2020) enrolled in Early Childhood Development Centres
- 6,120 students (949 new) enrolled in 8 primary schools received learning and teaching supplies
- 144 students (7 new) enrolled in one secondary school received learning and teaching supplies
- 725 adolescent girls supported to ensure regular attendance in primary and secondary school
- Two community peace dialogues with 132 participants were organized in Duk County
- Estabished 3 school peace clubs with 45 members
- 80 community leaders, including 40 chiefs, 12 Church leaders, 10 police officers, 8 teachers, 5 women community leaders were trained in community-based protection and psychosocial support.
Your support goes towards promoting and scaling up farming for food production.
This includes individual extension methods (individual farm visits for technical support) and group extension methods (demonstrations and field days), provision of early maturing and agro-ecologically appropriate crop and vegetable types and support for flood mitigation structures.
Fishing is one of the key food sources for communities in the project areas. Your support will help train fishing groups on fish production, preservation, and marketing. The fishing groups will also be supported to form cooperatives to support the fish value chain.
Your support will help the community to identify and select locally viable productive engagements.
Trainings on business management and saving and loaning plus start-up capital will be provided to facilitate youth (especially ex-child soldiers) and women effectively engage in identified business opportunities.
Additionally, 200 women will be trained in poultry production and management and each provided with money to buy 3 hens and 1 rooster.
The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has resulted in very poor education services.
Your support will help in the expansion of a primary school through the construction of 4 additional classrooms, renovation of another primary school, purchase of teaching and learning supplies, purchase of school desks and furniture, training of teachers and school management committees and purchase of menstrual cups and reusable pads for adolescent school-going girls.
The project took advantage of the extra water from the floods in May and June 2020 to initiate additional activities.
- Fishing kits for 550 flood-affected households
- Providing vegetable seeds for 300 households to use the extra water stored in ponds to grow vegetables in the dry season.
Food production, income generating activities, education and peacebuilding initiatives in Jonglei State, strengthened the resilience of communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters.