South Sudan

map of South Sudan

After more than 40 years of conflict, displacement and poverty, the people of South Sudan face enormous social challenges. Violence against women and children is pervasive and has been exacerbated by decades of war that has left many children without a proper family structure, education or health care.

In this context, IsraAID’s activities in South Sudan aim at: 1) Building the capacity of service providers working with vulnerable communities (especially women and children);  2) Accompanying these local service providers in their efforts to provide direct sustainable assistance to these communities; and 3) Accompanying the local actors in their efforts to design, implement and evaluate their own programs to tackle the most pressing social and health challenges affecting the most vulnerable groups.


Statistics

Population
11,296,000
Displaced by Violence
1.9 million (2014)
In Need of Humanitarian Aid
6.4 Million (2015)
Population under 30
72%
Literacy Rate
27%
Acute Malnutrition (Children)
235,000
Maternal Mortality Rate /100,000 births
2,054 (World highest)
Access to Drinking Water
55%
Population that has access to a toilet
20%

IsraAID and South Sudan

In the aftermath of South Sudan‟s independence, IsraAID sent a humanitarian team to distribute relief items to the displaced South Sudanese population that was fleeing the violence in the Northern provinces of the new state.

The team assessed the needs for IsraAID’s long- term activities on the ground, and recognized the dramatic opportunity for IsraAID to contribute to state-building and development through the transfer of Israeli “know-how‟ and expertise, especially in the fields of post-trauma assistance and psycho-social services, with a particular focus on Gender-Based Violence.

IsraAID started its development activities in South Sudan in December 2011 in partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Social Development of Central Equatoria State and local, Community-Based Organizations.

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United Against Gender-Based Violence

Training and empowering the government, police, social workers, and community-based organizations to combat GBV

In the first year of our United Against GBV initiative, we focused on building the capacity of service providers who work with the most marginalized individuals. Israel benefits from unique expertise and know-how in a wide range of areas, and is therefore capable of organizing rich and impact-oriented training programs in response to the local needs.

 In the second year, the organization accompanies the groups it has trained in the development and implementation of concrete strategies and activities aimed at addressing GBV challenges. The objective is to maximize the potential of a specific group of trained individuals in a two-year period.

Goals

  • To help social workers gain solid psycho-social skills to efficiently deal with GBV survivors (response to GBV)
  • To accompany the social workers in their efforts to develop effective activities and strategies to combat GBV (response to GBV)
  • To provide the participants with the skills they need to independently raise awareness on GBV and train other service providers (prevention)

Achievements

  • Trained 172 social workers and other service providers, such as church leaders, community leaders, medical personnel, and teachers. The participants came from:
    • State Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Central Equatoria State
    • Prisons
    • Hospitals
    • Orphanages
    • Youth Centers
    • Community-based organizations
    • Centers for Disabled and Blind People
    • Churches
    • Women Associations