The youngest state on earth is sinking into a crisis: 6.5 million people in South Sudan are currently threatened by hunger, including more than a million children. Help has been active in South Sudan since 2011 and supports the population in the fight against hunger. In addition, we are committed to improving water supply and health care.
The people 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
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 and his deputy, Riek Machar, escalated. The young state was plunged into a civil war that cost more than 400,000 people their lives. A peace treaty was officially signed on 22 February 2020, however the sporadic outbreaks of violence exposes the fragility of this peace.
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 violence continues, ideal conditions for famine and further victims will be created - every year anew.
Water means life
Help's objective is to provide the population of South Sudan with long-term support and to contribute to the sustainable development of the country. We support refugees, displaced persons and the local population in the Lakes State region. 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. Alongside these measures, we provide hygiene training courses and train pump mechanics. This way 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), Stiftung der deutschen Lions, 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.”
- 7.5 million people depend on humanitarian aid
- 4.3 million people have been displaced (1.6 million of them are internally displaced)
- 6.5 million people do not have secure access to food
- 1.3 million children in South Sudan are acutely malnourished
- Only 11% of the population has access to sanitary facilities
So far, we have:
- 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 273 wells, which will supply 136,500 people with clean drinking water
- formed 259 water committees, who will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the water point/water source
- trained 85 pump mechanics
- supplied water canisters to 10,000 households
- constructed 1,800 latrines
- emptied or closed 600 full latrines
- trained 70,000 people in hygiene procedures
- supplied 1,500 girls with sanitary items for menstrual hygiene
Donate now and help South Sudan
Combating hunger together
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