Saving lives in remote places
Since 1955, the people of South Sudan have experienced protracted political conflicts, with the most recent escalations in 2013. The cycles of insecurity have left more than 2 million people without a home, forcibly displaced and now living in camps throughout the country.
We began our work in South Sudan in 1994 in partnership with these communities, working to provide some of the basics. Since then, we've scaled up our programs to reach some of the furthest and most remote parts of the country, which pose challenges to our teams - roads are often inaccessible, cell phone service is spotty or completely unavailable, and people's needs are great.
Despite it all, however, our teams in South Sudan are resilient, creative, dedicated, and always thinking toward how to provide the kind of world-class services the people of South Sudan deserve. Right now we're honed in on protection for especially vulnerable women and girls, creating women's and youth sanctuary centers, nutrition programs that nurse children back to health, and water and sanitation projects that provide communities with the only source of water water they sometimes have access to.
Protecting women against violence
One of the most devastating consequences of conflict can be the increase in violence again women. With social structures torn apart and support systems taken away, women are often left vulnerable. We are working to prevent this violence in South Sudan through various community - based interventions, raising awareness through case management and education campaigns.
One of the projects we're most excited about is the creation of women and girls centers, sanctuary spaces where some of the most vulnerable people have access to things like embroidery, outdoor and indoor recreational activities, comradery, and so much more. They're also centers of healing, where people suffering abuse can come and feel refreshed with the help of our trained counselors and staff. Our vision is for these sanctuaries to become beacons of safety and hope, best-in-industry spaces designed for and with the people who seek refuge in its walls.
We are constantly inspired by the women we work with and who visit the centers. Women who have been victims of trauma and violence are now some of the strongest advocates of Alight’s projects, their courage and tenacity shine through against the odds. They recognize their ability to change the future for their children, and they provide us with insights on how best to stop the cycle of violence. It is because of them, and all of the women affected by the conflict, that we hope to expand our protection efforts in the years to come.
We're always striving to be better at what we do. It's not always easy, but the people we serve deserve the most care, compassion, and best of industry quality we can give.”
– Selywyndas Rajkumar, South Sudan Country Director
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