South Sudan Uror
$50,000 needed of $50,000
Presbyterian Church (USA)
In challenging context of post conflict South Sudan, the project’s main goal is to improve rural livelihoods by increasing food security and providing clean and safe drinking water. Program staff work closely with the community to achieve these goals and to increase ownership and empower community members.
University Extension Workers Provide Training on Improved Nutrition and Sanitation
One year into this program in a very challenging geopolitical situation, local staff and university extension workers continue to bring solutions and hope to farmers resettling in the area after conflict forced them to flee. While the peace agreement in South Sudan is fragile, the East/Central county of Uror is generally calm, and people are able to go about their business safely.
Extension workers have been focused on training health promoters in sanitation and hygiene and “contact farmers” in sustainable farming practices to pass along to program participants.
The health promoters will educate villagers on finding and maintaining clean water sources, digging and using pit latrines, and hand washing. The contact farmers will cover the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet in addition to grains, planting, spacing and caring for vegetable seeds and fruit trees, and harvesting and storage.
Thanks to Your Support and Generosity
- Water drawn from a nearby swamp irrigated farms and fields during a recent drought.
- As soon as rains began, participants joined in planting cash crops such as sorghum, maize, pumpkin, okra and onion at the program’s training center.
- All the produce from the demo plots was distributed among those who tended them, to eat or sell.
South Sudan Uror Program
Led by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and local partner Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
Forging Ahead Despite Challenges
Despite multiple challenges in post-conflict South Sudan, local staff has been hard at work training farm extension agents and health technicians to ready farmers and their families for better days. The civil war has ended, yet there continue to be security and infrastructure issues. The remoteness of the area means that people are not in direct danger from residual conflict, but also that basic services are lacking, including phone communications. Recent heavy rains brought flooding, and widespread illiteracy makes training much more difficult. Yet much has been accomplished.
The focus is particularly on women farmers – the backbones of the community. They need to get up to speed quickly on the most effective ways to manage their crops, vegetables, and homes. Health extension workers have trained “hygiene promoters” to distribute supplies and show women how to treat both well water and river water. Families received soap and instruction on the importance of handwashing.
Agricultural extension workers also identified training needs and mobilized farmer groups to attend training sessions at demonstration plots. They’ve taught basic principles of crop husbandry and growing vegetables. Because these farmers are starting out new, it has been necessary to distribute seeds and basic farming tools. Farmers are now concentrating on planting okra.
While challenges seem to be vast, it is clear that the will of local partner staff is strong. FRB’s implementing organization, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is confident that the agriculture and health extension training is laying the groundwork for success for these people as they return to normalcy following the war. Your support and prayers are much needed and greatly appreciated.
Caption: Farmer groups during agricultural training
South Sudan Uror Program
Led by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
1 community, 400 households, 2,800 individuals