Conflict and hunger in South Sudan has forced one million people from their homes.
Photo: CFGB/Amanda Thorsteinsson

Almost five million people are facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan, according to the United Nations World Food Programme.

In the world’s youngest country, years of civil unrest have displaced large segments of the population—many of those displaced are small-scale farmers. Forced to leave their farms and livestock, the conflict has left people unable to cultivate their land and grow food to feed their families.

But in the midst of crisis, there is hope

Responding through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D will be providing nutrition support to those affected by famine conditions in South Sudan. Nutrition feeding centres will be established, where children under five and lactating mothers can be screened for malnutrition. If a child is found with severe acute malnutrition—meaning they are so malnourished they are close to death—they will receive treatment with therapeutic foods. Lactating mothers and children with moderate acute malnutrition will also be treated, and caregivers will receive education in proper hygiene and child feeding practices. The project will benefit 42,000 people.

With support from the Government of Canada through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, donations to this project are matched 4:1. That means that for every $1 you contribute, $5 of programming can take place. Please give today.

Ongoing Drought Response

In other parts of Africa, PWS&D continues to respond to drought conditions caused by El Niño weather events.

Food distributions in drought-affected communities are underway in Malawi for 3,470 households over a five-month period. Families are receiving maize, pulses, a corn-soya blend and cooking oil. Children, pregnant and lactating mothers, the elderly and people with disabilities have been specially targeted to receive this support.

Read more about our ongoing Africa drought response.

You can make a donation to PWS&D’s response through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online, or calling 1-800-619-7301 x291. Please mark your donation “South Sudan” or “Africa Drought.”

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*These projects receive support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. This project is undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.