South Sudan, the world’s newest nation began its new chapter in July 2011 with a palpable sense of hope and determination for a better future. Unfortunately, those feelings have faded in a civil war which erupted in December 2013. The fighting has been characterized by attacks on civilians, sexual violence against women and girls, and forced recruitment of youth into armed groups. It has also brought widespread burning of homes, demolition of schools, hospitals and health posts, destruction of water points and other assaults on infrastructure and assets necessary for communal life. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced since the start of the conflict, and almost 4 million are at risk of acute food insecurity.
Since 1998, World Relief's programs in South Sudan have been providing humanitarian assistance in the areas of healthcare and food security. In the Greater Upper Nile region, World Relief is responding to the recent conflict and displacement with emergency health, nutrition, and education programs while also distributing agricultural inputs and trainings aimed at reversing the cycle of food aid dependency. In more stable Western Equatoria State, World Relief is empowering local churches to serve their communities while promoting agricultural trainings and Savings for Life groups.
Clinical Health and Nutrition
Church Empowerment/Integral Mission
Savings for Life program
Education in Emergencies
World Relief supports 20 health facilities focused on improving access to healthcare for conflict-affected people, especially women and young children. Integrated nutrition and food security support are saving lives and reducing dependency on food aid.
World Relief’s education in emergencies program invests in the next generations, getting children back to school and minimizing the interruptions in their learning.
Working through more than 75 churches, World Relief is reaching vulnerable households in Western Equatoria and affecting peace and stability in that state.
Darren Harder, Country Director
Tolessa Nuro, Program Director
Martin Oyugi, Finance Manager
Hillary Muni, Church Empowerment Program Manager
Melene Kabadege, Senior Health and Nutrition Program Manager
Lihanda Jairus, Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager
Paul Lokaba, Education Program Manager