Sudanese Refugees: Rebuilding South Sudan

UN vehicles bringing people back home from UgandaSome of these children and grandchildren were born in exile - this is their first time seeing land of their own.

Starting up is both straightforward and inexpensive: all a family needs to begin farming is a hoe, a machete, an axe and a few kilos of seeds. It therefore costs just £9 for a Sudanese family to feed itself. John describes the work as

"giving people the skills and some little tools to begin with – Afrinspire’s support allows them to become self-reliant."

So far, Afrinspire has donated 1120 tools, helping 410 families.

On the 9th of July 2011, the Sudan Civil War finally culminated in the creation of a new nation, South Sudan. The conflict had spanned half a century, ravaging a once rich and fertile land and forcing thousands of refugees into neighbouring countries. Three generations later, Afrinspire is helping to resettle the people of this war-torn area. 

The situation for returning refugees is desperate

During the war, refugees fled to Sudan’s neighbouring countries, such as Uganda. Now they are returning to their homeland, often bringing few possessions and nothing with which to create a means of income. MagInternational research suggests that 51% of South Sudan are currently living in absolute poverty.

What you can do

 - It costs just £45 per adult to cover the costs of the first module and learn to read.

 - The newest FAL programme will cost £2000 in total to set up.

 - We also need to raise funds to support the costs of running these 20 new groups, costing £415 for all the  materials needed to run one FAL group.

Visit our donations or fundraising pages to see how you can help

Mr Masete's Story

Mr Masete

Mr Masete is a trained carpenter who, upon returning to South Sudan, used his savings and his skills to build himself a simple house and bedframe. Afrinspire provided him with the tools and materials to set up a furniture workshop, also helping train more carpenters in this important trade.

"I kindly ask you, if possible, to extend your support to Sudan and join hands with us in our efforts to help our people."

The war destroyed the already minimal infrastructure, such that basic services are non-existent or inaccessible, with half the population lacking access to clean water. Healthcare is also at a low, with only 100 certified midwives in the whole country.

Afrinspire can help families to create an income

For the majority of refugees, who lack training in a particular profession, the main industry is agriculture. The country is sparsely populated – a mere 8 million people occupy a land area significantly larger than France – so there is a lot of land available for this purpose.

We are currently working with the experienced development worker John Noah Komi of the Sani-Tayi Self Help Group, who is a well-known leader in many Sudanese communities. With his advice, Afrinspire is supporting the development of two settlements, comprising around 45,000 refugees, to set them up with the tools, seeds and livestock they need to begin farming.

This way of life is sustainable, as once they have their start-up materials the families become self-sufficient.

We support education to aid community development

Through the Sudanese Civil War, three generations have grown up without education – long enough that many communities have even forgotten what a school is. According to UNICEF, currently less than 1% of girls complete primary education in South Sudan.

Afrinspire is the main financial supporter of a project run by the Sani-Tayi Self Help Group to create new schools in several areas. Two schools of 200 children are now running, with three more planned. John Noah Komi describes the Mundari people in one of the target areas, Terekaka, as ‘still living in extreme poverty in all areas of life’.

So far, Afrinspire have provided 10 schools with textbooks and stationery to support a total of 1800 children, and have set up 50 scholarships for children in South Sudan.

Youth Meeting in South SudanSchools provide more than teaching; they act as a hub for the community. The schools built by the Sani-Tayi Self Help Group are formed of simple buildings where groups can meet, and they provide medicines and clothes for adults as well as children, helping to tackle health and hygiene issues. Once completed, the school acts as a centre for a community of around 4,000 people, teaching them the skills and knowledge they need to rebuild their local area.

Farming in South Sudan