Tearfund has worked in South Sudan for 40 years, primarily through partners.
We work with seven organisations which are bringing transformation through HIV care and prevention, by providing water and sanitation and offering education, peace building and reconciliation work.
Tearfund teams first became directly operational in South Sudan in 1998 in response to famine in the Bahr el Ghazal region. Since then the programme has expanded to include four project sites in the states of Upper Nile, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Jonglei.
The programme targets remote and neglected areas affected by conflict and chronic vulnerability. Staff work with the Dinka, Chollo and Nuer tribes, including those who have returned because of independence, internally displaced people and the host population.
As a result, Tearfund's operational team specialises in household food security, nutrition, community health education, water, sanitation and hygiene and primary health care.
The approach is one of developmental relief, with a strong emphasis on community participation, reducing the risk and impact of disasters and building the capacity of the government structures.
The South Sudan programme employs approximately 400 staff (including expatriate and national) and has an annual turnover of approximately £5 million. The work is funded by a number of institutional donors, including the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), the Basic Services Fudn (BSF), the governments of Canada (CIDA), UK (DfID) and USA (USAID), World RElief Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
- for the creation of South Sudan to usher in a new era of peace for both Sudan and South Sudan
- for wisdom for South Sudan's rulers in dealing with the challenges they will face
- for swift integration of thoe returning to South Sudan