Women carry water containers from a water point at Deleij camp near Garsila, West Darfur

Women carry water containers from a water point at Deleij camp near Garsila, West Darfur — ACT, Mohamed Nureldin

South Sudan continues to suffer from recurring and deteriorating humanitarian crises. Chronic conflict and insecurity situations, drought and elevated food insecurity in the country are still massive and have greatly contributed to continued high levels of humanitarian need and protracted displacement of vulnerable people.

More than 2.29 million people have fled their homes since violence erupted in December 2013. More than 1.65 million are displaced inside South Sudan and more than 630,000 are refugees in neighboring countries.

A fragile peace agreement was signed between the warring parties in August 2015.  Its implementation must be enforced and the people will require the ongoing support of our church for years and years to come to help a nation that was isolated and devastated by decades of war overcome the trauma and challenges it faces to develop the capacity and infrastructure to govern and develop in a way that best serves the people of South Sudan.

Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding to the crisis in collaboration with our mission partner Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA) and as a member of ACT Alliance. PRDA is a member of the ACT Alliance South Sudan forum.

PRDA is working in Jonglei (Uror County) and Upper Nile (Maiwut County) in providing Food security and livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. Under the WASH sector, PRDA will be rehabilitating 10 existing boreholes, procuring and distributing water purification tablets, monitoring water quality at 10 boreholes, training water user committees and mobilizing communities towards construction of latrines

Livelihood activities include provision of assorted farm inputs and tools, assorted household items (utensils, blankets and collapsible water containers), and shelter construction materials.

To aid in meeting food security needs, fishing nets and fishing hooks are being provided, and food items including cereals (maize and sorghum, cooking oil and beans) are being distributed.

PRDA is also training staff and local leaders on safety and security, disaster risk reduction, resilience and psychosocial support, improved agriculture technologies and improved crop husbandry. 

 
 

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