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:
Community Development Coordinators (CDC’s) are professionally trained community development staff, employed by local Mothers’ Union’s to help and support members as they engage with their churches and wider community.