War Child’s presence in South Sudan works to eliminate the cycle of violence and poverty.
Due to ongoing conflict, War Child has scaled up emergency food security and livelihoods programming within Upper Nile and Eastern Equatoria states.
War Child Canada’s holistic approach in South Sudan works to eliminate the cycle of violence and poverty through increasing economic opportunity, community based conflict mitigation and education. This work is currently taking place in Upper Nile, Eastern Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.
War Child Canada and partners work to increase the participation of youth in education and improve functional literacy and numeracy. An Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which delivers a compressed basic school curriculum, is provided, allowing youth to catch up on their education and re-enter the formal system. War Child Canada also works with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods and to assess the capacity of their Teacher Trainers in order to identify and implement the needed capacity building. In addition, through public events, War Child Canada works with local youth groups to raise awareness among parents and local leaders on the importance of education, especially for girls. The organization’s education work has been so successful that the Ministry of Education in Upper Nile State asked War Child Canada to expand ALP programming to all counties in the State.
Through the provision of information and life skills training, War Child Canada encourages South Sudanese youth to protect themselves, and contribute to peace building by reducing violence, exploitation and gender based discrimination in their communities.
Together with local partners, War Child has established safe spaces and the formed youth groups to act as sustainable, community-based conflict mitigation mechanisms.
War Child Canada’s vocational training work focuses on training youth in alternative livelihoods opportunities through the provision of vocational training and in-kind inputs. Youth belonging to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and surrounding communities will acquire knowledge and skills which will enable them to gain a sustainable income. With livelihoods work based on local market assessments this will ultimately serve to increase economic opportunities for youth in demand-driven areas. All of War Child’s work is implemented with the support and involvement of local and federal governments. Using government approved vocational training, for example, ensures that the training youth receive is nationally recognized and accredited.
War Child Canada’s food security work focuses on increasing food production through work with both farmers and pastoralists.
The organization supports and trains farmers (male and female) to adopt more effective farming methods, including post-harvest technologies, to increase crop yield and post-harvest management. In doing so War Child Canada assists vulnerable households to become more food secure. War Child Canada also works with vulnerable female farmers to increase their capacity to access markets and market opportunities through literacy and numeracy training. This model of food security programming is built on War Child Canada’s work in Darfur where the organization, over two years, increased food self-sufficiency of vulnerable households by an average of 1.5 months.
The Government of Canada provides funding for this project.
September 8, 2017
June 20, 2017
Half of the world’s refugees – a staggering 8 million – are children. They didn’t ask for the conflicts that tore apart their homes and communities. They didn’t want to leave their families, their friends or their schools. They didn’t opt for the violence, persecution and abuse that have become their new normal. Like all…
May 30, 2017
Since the United Nations declaration of famine conditions in areas of South Sudan in February, War Child has been actively advocating on behalf of the children and families that are most at risk. Alongside television and radio appearances, social media sharing and conversations with Canadians across the country, War Child donors have responded in tremendous…
May 11, 2017
War Child Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Samantha Nutt was on CBC’s The National recently to discuss the worsening state of famine in South Sudan. In case you missed it, you can watch the entire clip below. “A famine is a catastrophe in slow motion, or at least it starts off as a catastrophe in…
April 20, 2017
This is the story of three South Sudanese refugee children (not pictured) who thought their education was over. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Of the many hardships that affect refugee children, the interruption of their education can have the most far-reaching impact. This was certainly true for Dhieu Ajieth Nyok (15 yrs),…
March 21, 2017
Recently I was able to sit down with Abay Bekele, Head of Programmes in South Sudan to discuss the impact of the famine on children and families in the region, War Child’s response and the role that Canadians can play in supporting the people of South Sudan.
February 24, 2017
Food is not a luxury. It is a right of every human being. And yet it is a right that is being denied the people of South Sudan. On February 20th, the UN declared a state of famine in South Sudan. This is not a declaration made lightly. A famine has an official definition based…
September 21, 2016
This year, in recognition of International Peace Day, we celebrate the theme Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. When we speak about building blocks, it’s hard not to immediately think about children. Specifically, the millions of refugee children around the world currently displaced by war in places like Jordan, the Democratic Republic of Congo or South Sudan. Within the first three weeks…
August 4, 2016
Vote now to help War Child support survivors of sexual violence! War Child is excited to share that we’ve been shortlisted for the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge! But now we need your help. By casting your vote in support of War Child and our Mobile Legal Aid program in Northern Uganda, you can help us receive an additional €25,000 (36,500…
July 13, 2016
Over the weekend, as the world’s youngest country marked its fifth anniversary, the two main opposing factions in the country – rival supporters of the President and Vice President – embarked on another round of vicious fighting in the capital Juba. Hundreds are reported dead and thousands have been forced to flee their homes. Violence…
April 14, 2016
When Nahla was thirty years old, the war in Juba, South Sudan threatened to reach her home. With her husband, her own five children and her sisters two children in tow, Nahla’s family ran from the oncoming war. The family of nine now live in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp. Now, at 32, Nahla…
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