Livelihood security in South Sudan

South Sudan

Combating hunger together

South Sudan – Every Donation Counts

In South Sudan, Help is actively involved in food security, water, health, education and refugee aid. We support at least 172,000 people in need. In South Sudan alone, 7.3 million people are threatened with hunger. They urgently need help –  Donate now for South Sudan!

„Lately it's been getting harder and harder to feed my family. Especially my daughter Aluel has lost a lot of weight.  Since Help set up the malnutrition treatment centre, many mothers and their children have been going there. In the past, it happened very often that babies did not survive the hunger period, but since Help's staff came to our village and sent us to the treatment centre in time, no child in my village has died of hunger.“  Donate now

What is the situation like in South Sudan?

Hunger and war: a young state suffers

South Sudan declared its independence from the North on 9 July 2011. After decades of civil war, there was hope for peace and economic development. Sadly, all optimism was destroyed in December 2013. The battle for power between the supporters of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his deputy, Riek Machar, escalated. Several attempts to reach peace agreements failed due to repeated outbreaks of fighting. The result: 400,000 victims of civil war.

The food supply has been precarious since the start of the conflict. 90 per cent of the population live from agriculture. Because of the war, they cannot cultivate their fields, and this deprives them of their livelihoods. Organisations such as Help are also unable to provide sufficient supplies to people in the conflict regions. As long as the war continues, the conditions are perfect for famine. More people may fall victim each year.

How is Help helping in South Sudan?

Water means life 

Help's objective is to provide the population of South Sudan with long-term support and to sustainably develop the country. We support refugees, displaced persons and the local population in Lakes State and Equatoria. One of our priorities is treating malnourished children and pregnant women in our health centres. Special nutritional supplements help the children and expectant mothers to recover.

In many regions, people also do not have access to clean drinking water and are at risk of diarrhoea, which can have devastating consequences. We are therefore building wells, emptying or securely closing full latrines and constructing new sanitary facilities where they are needed. By providing hygiene training courses alongside these measures and training pump mechanics, we ensure that people will be able to use and maintain the wells in the long term.

Donors and partners: AA (Auswärtiges Amt), BMZ (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), HDL (Hilfswerk der deutschen Lions e. V.), UNICEF

Able to hope again

Anyer Bulen Dit is 45 years old. She fled from the war, leaving her home village, Bor. She found refuge in Mingkaman. But due to poor hygiene conditions, there was a high risk of diseases such as cholera breaking out. Help showed the people in Mingkaman how to use latrines correctly and how to empty and close them, and ran hygiene training courses. Preparing food correctly to protect it from contamination and bacteria is also crucial for people’s health. “We’ve learnt a lot thanks to Help. Now we have a better chance of stopping cholera from breaking out and spreading.”

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Facts and Figures

    • 7.3 million people depend on humanitarian aid
    • 4.2 million people have been displaced (1.8 million of them are internally displaced)
    • 7.1 million people are at risk of severe food insecurity from May to July
    • 5.6 million people do not have secure access to sanitary facilities (latrines)

    Quellen: OCHA, WFP

    • Supplied aid to around 172,000 affected people
    • Constructed 12 malnutrition treatment centres, where we are training 30 nurses and where 4,000 severely malnourished children will be treated every year 
    • Drilled and repaired 174 wells, which will supply 87,000 people with clean drinking water
    • Formed 174 water committees, who will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the standpipes
    • Trained 61 pump mechanics
    • Supplied water canisters to 10,000 households
    • Constructed 1,550 latrines
    • Emptied or closed 600 full latrines
    • Trained 70,000 people in hygiene procedures
    • Supplied 1,500 girls with sanitary items for menstrual hygiene

    Starving child in South Sudan

    Donate now and help South Sudan

    Combating hunger together

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