The need for refugee care in South Sudan is a tragic outcome of the years of instability in the country. ACROSS seeks to provide care in a manner which honours each person with human dignity—even when they are at their most vulnerable.
The Refugee Care project aims to address assistance and protection needs of 2024 (998 female) refugees in Gorom Refugee settlement, Central Equatoria State. We strive to increase access to basic rights, promote self-reliance and enhance dignified living among Persons of Concern (PoC).
Areas of service include:
water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH)
emergency medical trasport and ambulance service
ACROSS also operates the medical referral desk supports referrals for refugees coming from different refugee camps in the country and provides logistic support, facilitates accommodation in the medical safe house and follow up of their treatment and feeding. There are also protection cases to be supported at protection wing of the medical safe house.
This project also targets the urban refugees in provision of education for 400 urban refugee children dwelling in Juba for primary education and 150 students for secondary school.
Left: teacher training; Centre: A peace mission in a cattle camp; Right: Vegetable production supported by ACROSS
Health & Education
ACROSS’ Health and Education programmes in Rumbek East work closely with the Ministries of Education and Health. In 2016 ACROSS trained 8 health managers in order to strengthen the supervision of health facilities.
ACROSS trains teachers and supervisors in the education sector. Head teachers from Rumbek East reported in 2016 that they were now receiving regular supervisory visits from Payam and County school inspectors, and attributed this to ACROSS’ programme. ACROSS also helps children to stay in education, particularly girls, incentivising boys to support girls’ learning and education. Thanks in part to ACROSS, 574 girls and 230 boys continued in education in 2016, while 105 girls and 63 boys completed their education.
The Health & Education programmes contain a significant peacebuilding element, which also involves the local church. ECS bishops of Akot and Rumbek dioceses, Bishops Isaac and Alapayo, alongside clan leaders, government officials and NGOs, have worked hard to mediate between youth of rival clans. ACROSS has played its part in bringing people together and through the use of Digital Audio Players, particularly in cattle camps. Revenge killing and clan fighting were significantly reduced in 2016. Rival clans were able to stay together in one cattle camp and visit each other’s villages without restriction or fear.
Farming God’s Way
Supported by Tear Fund Switzerland, ACROSS ran refresher training to improve food security in Rumbek East, attended by 20 participants, following basic training in 2015.
Funded by the International Development Association and by Denmark, the Local Government and Service Delivery Project provides block grants for payam development, involves communities throughout the process, strengthens institutions, and provides project management support. ACROSS facilitates community engagement for the project, helping bomas and payams to identify their needs, develop priority lists and select projects. Thanks to ACROSS, women made up 46% of participants in community meetings, influencing the kind of interventions prioritised. Women, who fetch water from distant places, have particularly identified water as a pressing need. ACROSS has helped to set up Payam Development Committees and Project Supervisory Teams to supervise interventions once selected, following up with County Authorities and contractors when work is not proceeding as it should. Water User Committees have over 50% female representation.
ACROSS has been implementing various projects in Jebel Boma County since the 1990’s. In recent years, ACROSS began the second phase of a project called “Promoting Peaceful Co-Existence and Access to Education among Communities in Jebel Boma County”. Since the implementation of this project, which focuses on dialogue and establishing community leaders as ambassadors of peace, many communities have reported a reduction in raiding and violence. In 2018, more than 2300 people in Boma Jebel County participated directly in peace dialogue and over 11,000 people were exposed to messages of peace through the community peace leaders.
Recognizing that all people in the community have an interest in peace, ACROSS strives to engage various members in healthy activities that promote positive relationships between neighbouring people. One example of this is youth football. Pictured here is the second annual Play for Peace football tournament with more than 100 total participants playing on four teams. Participants reported that this years’ games had an improved atmosphere of sportsmanship and healthy competition.
Youth also gather to engage in peace dialogue. This is an important aspect of the program because it is often the youth in an area who conduct raiding. By acknowledging the challenges and seeking alternatives, these youth are making positive strides toward a peaceful South Sudan for future generations to come.
Another component of the Boma project is education. There are few teachers in Boma County and most of them work as volunteers. ACROSS provides teacher training for primary school teachers and participants report an improvement in the students’ test scores. Pictured here are 58 volunteer primary school teachers in an ACROSS training session.
Goal: Peace economy programme contributing towards achievement of mdg1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and mdg 3 to promote gender equality and empower women of lakes state of South Sudan. PEACE ECONOMY (PE)
Location: Rumbek East County Boma County
Achievement Sept 2015:
Food security: 4 trainings for 30 participants on market and gardening of vegetables and fruits in were conducted in Aduel, Atiaba and Cuei-bet County for 3 days. 4 groups of 30 farmers were formed in Akot, Atiaba , Aduel and Paloc respectively 2 trainings were conducted for 3 days each on crops diversifications in Aduel, and Atiaba payams. Three local farms were established at Atiaba, Aduel, and Paloc Payam.
Community managed micro-finance (CMMF): 2 trainings conducted on saving and loan associations for 3 days to Aduel and Mathiangic CMMF groups. 1 group saved SSP 3000 after the training in the month of August 2015.
Peace building: 6 community peace dialogue meetings were conducted in partnership with greater Akot community lead peace initiatives in 6 Payams, of Aduel, Akot, Paloc, Atiaba, Pacong, Mathiang kok. 300 promototional T-shirt with peace building message were distributed in various communities in Rumbek East County.