Our work in South Sudan
Tearfund has been working in the area which is now South Sudan (formerly part of Sudan) since the 1970s.
Our current projects include providing food and livelihood support for vulnerable households, supporting malnourished children and their mothers, and helping conflict-affected communities access clean water and adequate sanitation.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
We have reached over 300,000 people with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions across South Sudan over the past three years.
We are also working with our local partners to pilot a new water monitoring system. This allows the efficiency of water hand pumps to be monitored so that problems can be detected quickly. This should help to prevent the breakdown of hand pumps and ensure that communities have consistent access to water.
Tearfund has reached more than 24,000 people in South Sudan with food assistance, as well as distributing seeds and farming tools to more than 280,000 people.
In Kajo Keji, we are running a humanitarian assistance and development program aimed at reducing hunger, improving nutrition, and promoting resilient food security. Our future food assistance and development programs will also include peacebuilding activities to address conflicts over land and food.
Nutrition and health
Tearfund is supporting 36 nutrition centres across Morobo, Uror, Twic East and Pochalla. These centres are providing food for more than 170,000 children under five years old, as well as for pregnant and breast-feeding women. We are partnering with the county health departments to detect and treat cases of malnutrition at these centres.
We are also running mobile health outreaches so that people living in remote locations have access to life-saving health services.
With support from our local partners, local faith leaders and other community-based organisations, we have established community peace structures in 27 communities, reaching more than 37,000 people.
We facilitate community dialogues between people from across county borders; this has helped to address violence and conflicts over land, county borders and water points. We have also trained and supported people in these local communities to be peacebuilders and to facilitate ongoing conversations and resolve conflict.
Addressing sexual and gender-based violence
We are using the Transforming Masculinities approach in South Sudan to empower faith and community leaders to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence. We plan to start using the Journey to Healing approach to provide community-based and survivor-centred trauma healing and support.