Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan, was kidnapped and imprisoned, spent 10 years in a refugee camp, and was eventually adopted by a U.S. family. Today, he continues to run and to raise funds and advocate for clean water and South Sudanese refugees.
Why World Vision is in South Sudan
South Sudan observed 6 years of independence in July 2016, but the country continues to experience instability and is still a fragile state. The humanitarian crisis in Upper Nile occurred as a result of fighting and violence in Juba in December 2013 and later spread to other parts of the country including Upper Nile. The situation in Upper Nile further worsened following May 2015 violence due to defection of Agulic/Shilluk forces from the government. As a result, access constraints due to mainly to conflict restricted aid agencies from reaching vulnerable people with vital assistance.
We never give up on people
Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence: Families escaping fighting in Iraq and Syria, caught in the conflict in South Sudan, and trapped in other dangerous situations. More than half of these refugees and displaced people are children. You can help provide critical essentials like food, shelter, and safe places for children to play and learn.
Progress in South Sudan
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Nearly 90 church leaders and teachers participated in Celebrating Families workshops, learning how to create loving home environments so children will be resilient despite traumatic situations.
- We operated 10 Child Friendly Spaces for displaced and other vulnerable children (4,000 total) to access psycho-social services and educational and fun activities.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We contributed to reducing mother and child deaths by strengthening the health system through service delivery, workforce training, and provision of medical products and vaccines. Coverage of all essential maternal and child health care increased by 5-49 percent. (Funded by USAID)
- We work to improve access and quality of emergency obstetric services to pregnant women and newborns at Kuajok Hospital in South Sudan. Thus far the number of obstetric cases that have to be referred to other hospitals has significantly decreased. (Funded by DFID)
- We trained community volunteers to ensure that children under age 5 are protected from polio and other vaccine preventable diseases. In two years, children in South Sudan who had taken all four doses of the polio vaccine increased from 42 to 58 percent, and parents who believe the vaccine harms their child dropped from 50 percent to 29 percent. (Funded by USAID)
- We provided about 133,000 people, 75,000 of whom are IDPs with clean water, sanitation services like latrines, and farmers inputs like seeds and tools. (Funded by USAID)
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- More than 800 children are exploring their faith through Sunday schools and Bible clubs supported by World Vision.
- 27,000 Bibles were distributed to prison inmates in all regions of the country.
Prayer Requests from South Sudan
World Vision's staff in South Sudan are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Pray for peace, and that children and their families be protected from the violence that is ripping apart South Sudan.
News from South Sudan
More than 70.8 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced. Why did they flee, where are they going, and what can be done to address the plight of refugees, especially children?
There are more refugees in the world than ever before, and their needs have never been greater, not only for the basic necessities of life, but for hope and opportunities to be self-sufficient. Find out more about the global refugee crisis.
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