South Sudan

Working With Children in South Sudan

South Sudan observed 6 years of independence in July 2016, but the new country continues to experience instability and is still a fragile state. One in five people have had to flee their homes since the re-emergence of conflict in 2013. Ongoing conflict makes it difficult to reach the most vulnerable with much needed assistance.

In February 2017, famine was officially declared in part of the country. A combination of conflict and climate change has pushed hundreds of thousands to the brink of survival with 270,000 children in South Sudan suffering the most critical form of malnutrition. Thanks to the support of individual Canadians and the Government of Canada, we are on the ground with monthly food rations, targeted health services for children and pregnant women, and seeds, tools and training to help farmers build self-reliance even in the face of severe conditions.

Your impact in South Sudan

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 2 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 48 children clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 989 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 1,246 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 15,380 out of 16,556 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 17 health facilities were renovated and 59 others received medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • 320 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 7,819 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 3,000 girls learned about changes that occur during puberty and have the resources to maintain good menstrual hygiene
  • 27 technicians were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 51,776 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 74,079 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 8,272 people, including 4,410 children, are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 13,842 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 15,118 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 21,167 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 2,200 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 341 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 77,429 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 914 children are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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