South Sudan, officially the youngest country in the world having separated from Sudan in 2011, has spent much of the last few years in the midst of a civil war. Hundreds of thousands are either internally displaced within South Sudan or have fled to seek shelter in neighbouring countries.
The effect of the war has been devastating on the economy and South Sudan is now one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking amongst the lowest in many socioeconomic categories. The cost of living has soared and inflation of the local currency against the US Dollar is more than 1000% which has had a huge impact of families.
Against this backdrop Mothers’ Union in South Sudan has been at the forefront of efforts to provide both immediate emergency relief and long-term development programmes to help bring back hope to families in this troubled country. Their outreach work includes:
The programme is one of the most cost-effective literacy programmes in the world. We train community volunteers as literacy facilitators, who are then equipped to run literacy circles in their own community
During the 16 Days of Activism hundreds of members of the Mothers’ Union in Grahamstown came together in solidarity to bring attention and awareness the fact that gender based violence will not be tolerated.