South Sudan is the most fragile state in the world. Armed conflict has been ongoing since 2013, despite the signing of a peace agreement in September 2018.
More than four million South Sudanese people have been forced from their homes and have fled for their lives; either to other parts of the country or across the border.
Uganda has an open border policy for refugees, and on average more than 100 people cross the border from South Sudan every day. Uganda now hosts more than 800,000 refugees - 65% are children. They have travelled long distances, many without their parents or families. The things they’ve seen and experienced are hard to imagine and even harder to forget.
Funds raised from the 2018 and 2019 40 Hour Famine are supporting the children of South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda.
World Vision is supporting South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda by providing hot meals and core relief items at reception centres when they first arrive and by creating safe places for children to learn and play.
When refugees first cross the border to safety, they are in desperate need of basic relief items like clean water, nutritious food and shelter. We are helping refugees adjust to their new life in Uganda by providing a hot meal and a safe place to rest their head before being allocated a piece of land in the settlement.Ensuring children are safe and cared for is a core focus of World Vision’s work. Thousands of children arrive in Uganda without their parents or have been separated from their families.
We are protecting these unaccompanied children by assigning a trained community case worker who supports their psycho-social needs, helps them find foster care and checks in on their progress as part of our child protection programme.
We are helping children be children again at our Child-Friendly Spaces. Child-Friendly Spaces are safe, supportive learning environments where kids have access to arts, sports, education and counselling so they can start to heal from the trauma they've experienced.
We are providing children and their families with much-needed relief items such as safe water, solar lamps, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, and water containers.