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From 2013 to 2015, more than 2 million people in South Sudan fled their homes as a result of violence. In the absence of a viable peace agreement, conflict raged unchecked in many parts of Greater Upper Nile. An August 2015 peace agreement has shown hope for the region. However, insecurity has spread into the Equatorial region. The most recent fighting has been characterized by 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. An estimated 500,000 people sought refuge in countries outside of South Sudan and more than 15,000 were killed. Now, close to 4,000,000 are expected to suffer severe food shortage in the coming years as parts of the world’s youngest nation teeters on the brink of famine.

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 Western Equatoria State, World Relief is empowering local churches to serve their communities while promoting agricultural trainings and Savings for Life groups.  


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Agriculture/Food Security

Clinical Health and Nutrition

Church Empowerment/Integral Mission

Disaster Response

Savings for Life program

Education in Emergencies


    • World Relief's programs in South Sudan began in 1998.
    • By 2006, World Relief was supporting 29 primary healthcare facilities that served a rural population of almost 300,000 people.
    • Nutrition programs have benefited nearly 10,000 children suffering from or at-risk of malnutrition.
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    Darren Harder, Country Director
    Hebdavi Muhindo, Program Director
    Martin Oyugi, Finance Manager
    Rose Ogwaro, Health and Nutrition Program Manager
    Joseph Mutumba, FSL Program Manager
    David Ntamlyango, Logistics and Security Officer
    Paul Lokaba, Education Program Officer
    Hillary Muni, Church Mobilization, Human Resource and Administration Manager
    Tom Gitamo, Nutrition Program Manager
    Jairus Lihanda, FSL Program Manager
    Kelly Nau, Health Program Manager
    Beverly Anyika, Reproductive Health Officer
    Esther Kamau, Hospital Administrator