Although August 25, 2017 marked the second anniversary of South Sudan’s signing of a peace agreement, hostilities have continued unabated, with civilians being attacked by both government and opposition forces. The ongoing violence, combined with economic decline and famine, has forced millions of South Sudanese to flee their homes, in most cases on foot, and they are now refugees in neighboring countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.
Over 1 million South Sudanese refugees have sought safety in Uganda. The large majority (85%) of these refugees are women and children. Adding to their tragedy, many children have arrived alone, having lost their parents in the midst of the hostilities. Despite the efforts of the Ugandan government to provide for the large refugee populations scattered throughout the country, countless children -- parentless children and the children of destitute refugee women -- remain in urgent need of care if they are to be kept safe and have their basic needs (for shelter and food) met. At risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, countless vulnerable South Sudanese children are also missing school and losing out on crucial education.
The SOLUTIONS WE'RE PROPOSING
W4 is working with a local field partner, Hope Ofiriha, to support women refugees from South Sudan who have crossed the border to Uganda in search of safety. Within the frame of our programs to support women refugees, we are working to provide humanitarian assistance for South Sudanese refugee children (in the Adjumani, Bweyale and Palabek Kal refugee camps).
With our local field team, W4 is setting up safe early-learning daycare centers for young children in the camps. Our aim is to provide the children with a safe shelter, adapted early-learning activities, and the care and support services of trained teachers.
THE IMPACT OF GIVING
You can have a huge impact, protecting vulnerable South Sudanese refugee children and provide them with a safe and nurturing space where they can benefit from early-learning and play activities under the supervision of supportive, qualified teachers.
Your generosity enables children who have suffered the traumas of war and displacement to benefit from urgently needed care and adapted early education. By donating to this program, you offer these children hope and the opportunity of a better future.