AAH South Sudan programme was started about 30 years ago and is the largest of AAH-I’s six country programmes. It is uniquely known for its community empowerment approach for helping refugees, stayees, returnees, and host communities get over the effects of war and other forms of conflict. The programme runs projects in primary health care services, food and income security, education, water, hygiene and sanitation and capacity building programmes for peace and reintegration. Currently, the programme is operational in eight out of the 10 States of South Sudan.
Armed clashes, attacks on humanitarian workers and other security incidents continue to result in civilian deaths, displacement and disease outbreak. Our programmes focus on improving access and quality of health services with attention to mothers and children, infrastructure development, health system strengthening, human resource development and capacity development with a passion of improving the health outcomes in the communities that we serve. We are currently implementing three projects in South Sudan:
With funding from the World Bank, the Public works project provides an opportunity for poor vulnerable households in Juba city council to temporary employment and access to income. The community households select public works activities in their Quarter Council and are facilitated to execute the activities.
The main activities implemented by the project participants are road rehabilitation, drainage maintenance and cleaning of compounds of schools, health centers and markets. They work 15 days in a month (not more than 4 hours a day), for a wage of US $ 45 per month. In 2017 the project reached 54,301 people 6,000 households, who received cumulative wages of US $ 1,704,534.
This project is contributing to improving food security and the nutrition status for vulnerable food insecure households through general food distribution and cash transfers for livelihood support for households affected by floods in Mangala and Gondokoro Counties. Every month at least 1,700 households receive 198.45 metric tons of food (cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt). In the cash transfer intervention, at least 1,700 households are supported to each cultivate one feddan (approximately 1 acre) of field crop or 400 square meter vegetable gardens. It is funded by the World Food Programme.
This project seeks to provide humanitarian logistics, livelihood support, infrastructure development and management of the transit center to the refugee and internally displaced people in the Jubek State, Ruweng State, Yei River and Gbudwe State, Malakal and Wau in South Sudan. We provide warehouse management to provide core relief items to refugees and internally displaced people, fleet management for transportation of food, people, shelter materials and relief items, and fleet and fuel management and maintenance.
In Gorom refugee camp in Juba, the project is building self-reliance and improving the livelihoods of communities through livelihood programs, protection of the environment and improving the sustainable use of shared natural resources as well as enhance access to safe fuel and energy for the refugee population in the camps and in informal urban settlements in Juba city.
The project is also supporting the building of infrastructure for service provision in education, health, camp management, roads, airstrips and water harvesting structures.
Achievements in 2017:
Through this project, AAH-I is focused on promoting self-reliance for refugees and asylum seekers. With support from UNHCR and working together with the Commission for Refugee Affairs, the project is targeting refugee and host community populations in Juba town and in Gorom refugee camp. Using a field school approach farmers are organized into groups to foster peer to peer learning, and using the knowledge to increase agricultural productivity, reduce postharvest loses and promote access to markets.
The sustainable use of natural resources and environmental rehabilitation is being promoted through environmental protection awareness sessions in these locations.