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

  • 369 malnourished children in South Sudan were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,171 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 21,842 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 2,420 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant

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

  • 8 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 12,000 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 204 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 30,135 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

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

  • 9,907 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 6,882 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 405 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training
  • 2,145 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children

Children and families receive essential supplies to help them survive and begin recovery in emergencies.

  • 21,825 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 12 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 94 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in South Sudan
  • 35,565 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation

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