Civil war and drought threaten the security of children and families in South Sudan. As a result, children face a significant risk of being orphaned, abandoned or otherwise losing their parental care.
The food and water crisis has severely weakened families and compromised their ability to care for their children. As a result, children are at an increased risk of being orphaned, abandoned, forced into child labor, internally displaced, trafficked, and worse. SOS Children’s Villages is prioritizing the protection of these vulnerable children. We are setting up temporary shelters for children who have lost or been separated from their parents; childcare spaces where children can learn and play in a safe and fun environment; psychological support and referral services for medical care; and support in helping reunite children with their families.
Food and clean water are the most urgent and critical needs of children and families in South Sudan. Due to continued fighting, South Sudan is gripped by an "almost entirely man-made" food crisis attributed more to blockage of food assistance than to drought. In response, SOS Children’s Villages is providing food and drinking water to vulnerable families in addition to drilling four new wells in Shirikat to provide clean water to entire communities.
SOS helped children affected by the conflict by providing psychological care for 500 children. In addition, psychosocial care, support and awareness training activities were conducted for 85 young people who were involved in gang group activities in Shirikat and Kadoro. Numerous adolescents who had dropped out of school have returned to school. And 128 children from the community have benefited from Child-Friendly Spaces, where they have a safe, clean environment to play and clean drinking water and snacks.
On July 11, 2016, SOS Children’s Village Juba was evacuated as fighting erupted between rival political forces. The Village was looted and damaged and needed extensive repairs. Six months after being evacuated, SOS families returned to the village and children and young people returned to school. In addition to rebuilding the damaged Village, SOS purchased new school supplies and uniforms for the children.
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