Humanitarian Organizations - Eastern Equatoria
The State faces numerous humanitarian challenges including the following:
- Food security and livelihoods
- Health services
- Poor market access and limited access to water and sanitation facilities
- Agriculture and renewable energy issues
- Gender, governance, monitoring and advocacy
- Rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine action
- Provision of emergency shelters in camps
- Community service protection
- Protecting children from all forms of abuse and violation of their rights.
- Provision of schools and communities with tools they need to improve child health, increase school enrollment rates, and promote gender equality
Internally Displaced Persons
The South Sudan conflict has given rise to IDPs in the State. IDPs are found in Torit, Kapoeta and Narus. They came from neighboring plagued by civil war like Jonglei, Upper Nile and Lakes states. They number approximately 2,000.
The humanitarian needs of the IDPs are:
- Access to water and sanitation facilities
- Health services
- Food security
- Child protection
Humanitarian Organisations in the state and their services
Several humanitarian agencies operate in the state and provide different services. They include:
- Drop In The Bucket: This is a Non –profit Organisation building wells and sanitation systems in schools in Africa. Drop In The Bucket believes clean water is a basic human right that must be met in order to help people break the cycle of poverty. In Eastern Equatorial State, Drop In The Bucket is based at its office along Torit- Lafon Road.
Drop In The Bucket ‘s Mission is to build wells and sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa, enabling youth to fully harness the life-changing power of education. This organisation also aims at providing schools and communities with tools they need to improve child health, increase school enrollment rates, and promote gender equality.
- Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA): This is an international non-Governmental organisation involved in humanitarian, relief and long-term development cooperation. NPA’s programmatic areas of focus are food security and livelihoods (FSL), civil society development, health and humanitarian disarmament. NPA provides services to most of South Sudan.
- Catholic Relief Service (CRS): This is the overseas relief and development arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It has been operating in South Sudan program aims to build resiliency a cross the conflict affected communities e.g. in Torit, Kapoeta, Magwi, Lopa, Lafon and Ikwoto by addressing low agricultural production, poor market access, and limited access to water and Sanitation facilities.
- Caritas Switzerland: This is a Non-Governmental agency member of Caritas Internationalis. Caritas works worldwide to provide emergency disaster relief and cooperates with partners around the globe to implement reconstruction projects and promote sustainable development.
- SNV Netherlands Development Organization: SNV is registered with the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development to build and support the capacity of local actors in addressing water, sanitation and hygiene, agriculture and renewable energy issues as well as governance, gender, livelihoods, health and monitoring and advocacy. In South Sudan, NV has been operating since 2005 in Eastern Equatorial State.
- The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG): This is a humanitarian, non-government, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 Countries throughout the world, including South Sudan.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict affected local populations including refugees, internally displaced people and the host communities. Under this mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine action. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) provides expertise in camp management, community services, protection, food security and livelihoods and the provision of emergency shelter.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation striving to protect and assist the victims of war and internal violence. ICRC has been working in South Sudan since 1986.
- PLAN International: PLAN is an international child-centered community development organisation-without religious, political or governmental affiliation that works with children and their communities in 50 of the World’s poorest countries to make lasting improvements in their lives. Plan South Sudan is committed to protecting children from all forms of abuse and violation of their rights.
- AFOD: This is a National NGO, currently implementing interventions funded by WFP,UNICEF,HPF/Cord aid and UNDP in Eastern Equatorial State mainly in health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, school feeding program and security and community sustainable livelihood activities, including response to emergency situations in South Sudan since 2011.
Other humanitarian organisations operating in the State include: Save the Children, SafeWorld, CORDAID, and ACROSS.
Last updated at 7/4/2016