SOUTH SUDAN, A COUNTRY IN CRISIS
Violence between warring factions erupted yet again in South Sudan in December 2013, displacing more than 2 million people and leaving 4.6 million people without secure access to food. Displaced families often have no access to shelter, clean water, education or health care. They have no way to make a living.
Food for the Hungry (FH) has worked in South Sudan since 2001 and continues to respond to this crisis, despite considerable obstacles. Violence often blocks the waterways and roads used to reach communities, making air transport the only alternative. Every activity requires lengthy, expert negotiation with opposing sides in the conflict.
Many aid agencies have given up and left the country. But FH continues to fight each day to help children and their families in this embattled country.
FH needs your help to keep operations open in South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Jonglei States:
- You can send girls to school: FH is implementing a 5-year Girls Education in South Sudan (GESS) program, aimed at raising the number of girls in school. More than 40,000 girls will benefit.
- You can help children learn in conflict areas: Through a partnership with UNICEF, FH’s Education in Emergencies is helping 30,000 children living in violence-prone areas to stay in school. FH is rehabilitating schools, creating safe places to play and learn, and training teachers on how to protect children in the midst of war.
- You can provide seeds and basic household supplies: Families displaced by conflict lack even the most essential items for daily life. With partners like USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), FH has already provided more than 10,000 families with seeds for planting, and 7,000 families received fishing equipment. 1,700 households were provided with jerry cans, water purification tablets, soap, a wash basin and plastic tarps for shelter. More distributions are planned in the coming months.
In addition to your prayers, you're generous gift of $25, $75 or $125 can help some of the world's most vulnerable children to go to school and thrive in the midst of war.