South Sudan

After years of fighting and civil war, South Sudan declared itself independent in July 2011. The newly formed country, however, was chronically under developed and became one of the poorest countries in the world with half of the population living on less than $1 a day and an adult literacy rate of less than 25%. The country has continued to experience conflict and the resulting insecurity has led to countrywide food shortages and spiralling inflation. The major challenge facing poor communities in South Sudan is severe hunger.

South Sudan 2015 Women collect supplies from food distribution centre Photo Credit Markus Köker

Tearfund Ireland, with support from Irish Aid, provided supplementary feeding through the distribution of 2,200 food vouchers to the most vulnerable 370 households in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, which had been identified as one of the most food insecure areas. At the same time, a process called Church and Community Mobilisation (CCM) was initiated that sought to engage local churches and church volunteers in supporting their local communities.The Church and Community Mobilisation Process is designed to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way through training, identifying and releasing locally available resources and through working better together. Different denominations, communities, local leaders and government officials work together to achieve common goals and a peaceful co-existence in order to transform their futures positively.