The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) is implementing a Local Government and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) financed by the World Bank as well as the bi-lateral donor Denmark. LGSDP is implemented on behalf of GRSS by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) in collaboration with the Local Government Board (LGB). For external communication, in the Project logo etc., the abbreviation LOGOSEED is used.
The Project Development Objective of LGSDP is “to improve local governance and service delivery in participating counties in South Sudan”. Key results to be achieved include: (a) more inclusive and participatory local planning, implementation and accountability processes that also address local drivers of conflict; (b) improved county government functionality and capacities through ‘learning by doing‘; (c) a more predictable and transparent system of transfers to county governments; and (d) expanded access to services in counties covered by the Project.
The project consists of 4 components:
Block grants for Payam Development used for small infrastructural projects in line with local government and community responsibility;
Community Engagement through which citizens participate in selecting their priorities, planning and overseeing implementation;
Institutional strengthening that supports capacity building for local governments in planning and budgeting, procurement, engineering, contract management, environmental and social safeguards, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation functions;
Managerial arrangements for the three components above, comprising of the Project Management Unit (PMU) in support of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) and Local Government Board (LGB) and State Coordination Offices located in the State Ministries of Local Government
Lakes State was selected to be one of the pilot States for this project and Across was selected to be the Facilitating Partner and is operating in 3 locations namely: Yirol West, Rumbek East and Wulu.
Across is facilitating Community Engagement is 9 Payams in the three Counties with a total of 27 Bomas.
Goal: Unconditionally accepted children using their God given gifts and bringing others to Him
Joint project with Warchild Holland as lead partners, and 3 other NGO/CBOs. The project focus: enabling children to respectfully and appropriately have a voice and participate at all levels of society, from home, school, church, wider community, dealing with child protection issues, and helping the community to develop a reporting and monitoring mechanism.
CM worked with 3 PAP communities where children: have discussed a topic that they would like to address, have made a drama about it and presented, and led discussions with the adults using questions. Many adults are now involved in addressing issues raised.
Lun: Children's voices are being heard. During a meeting to discuss fixing a small bridge on the road, it was a child's suggestion which was taken up and used to fix the bridge. After one training a boy of 14 years said, “Dare to be different is my motto. I will decide to stand on what I believe is OK for my life, and be committed to it even if friends are not following me.“
Challenges: A major has been lack of funds to run projects other than those funded by Warchild (project ends in 2015). No funds for 2016 yet.
Integrated Response Program is being implemented in two refugee camps of (Lasu, Gorom) and urban refugees in Juba town with integrated program interventions. The intervention sectors are education, health and HIV, livelihood, WASH, community services and protection to support the refugees achieve self-reliance. The refugees in the two camps of Gorom and Lasu are from Ethiopia (from Gambella) and from Congo respectively. The urban refugees are drawn from other different countries.
Goal/Objective of IR: Program goal/expected impact is work towards empowering the people of concern to become self-reliant and enhance their access to the right to work, supplementary food support, land and shelter and farming, potable water and sanitation facilities, health services and education.
The Specific objectives are:
Population has optimal access to education
Health status of the population improved
Nutritional wellbeing improved
Risk of GBV (Gender Based Violence) are reduced and quality of response improved
Protection of children strengthened
Community mobilization strengthened and expanded
Supply of potable water increased or obtained
Population lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene
Population has sufficient basic domestic and hygiene items
Services for groups with specific needs strengthened
Jeka Chol Leyam is a 25 years old male refugee from Maban (Yusuf Bantil Camp).
“I developed this condition when I was around 12 years old. It was painless. I visited many hospitals but was told that the condition was neither treatable nor manageable. I lived with it up now.”
His conditions did not limit him from socializing with a few friends. He got married in 2014. They do not have a child yet.
Jeka was excited when arrived on the Across compound following his operation.
“Oh, my God! I met many people in Ethiopia with a similar condition as mine. I used to know I am the only one with this condition in the world. I was treated very well during my journey and I thank Face Africa UNHCR and Across for all the support you gave me. I am requesting Across to send me home to meet my wife whom I have missed since for a long we have not been able communicate,” He added.
Across first heard about Jeka through email communication from face African and UNHCR. On 27th March, 2015 Across received Jeka from Juba international airport (JIA). He spent some days in JMSH before travelling to Ethiopia for his operation. Across facilitated his feeding and accommodation while in Juba including processing his travel documents and flagging him off from Juba to Ethiopia at JIA.
After his successful operation in Ethiopia he was again received by Across staff at JIA. Currently he is in JMSH awaiting his booking back to Maban hopefully early next week. His next review in Ethiopia will be in September, 2015.
Across congratulates UNHCR, Facing Africa and all field partners especially in Maban for their efforts for transforming and restoring hope in Jeka’s life and the entire refugee community in South Sudan.
On the 14th of August 2015, we conducted a workshop in Wun-Chuei cattle camp and the focus was on:Monitoring on the early distributed DAPs, Distribution of new DAPs,Impact stories and update of new chips.
Deng Nhial, a resident of Adol community, originally from Goi cattle camp, narrated the crises of Chieftaincy campaign which brought a very big division between the chief and community members of Adol. As a result many people moved to Mundari land with their cattle. The people of Mundari land had been transformed by the peace messages. But some of the new inhabitants to Tombek (Terekeka County) wanted to retaliate the death of one of their own. The news spread quickly.
"One cattle camp Chief of Mundari heard the News. One day he came with his youth to our cattle camp and called all the youth of our camp and asked, “Do you have a DAP in your cattle camp?” "Yes," some answered. He again asked, “And what lesson have you heard being spoken on it?” "Peaceful co-existence," they replied. The chief continued to say that having heard much on peace it was now time to implement what they learnt. They would not entertain fightings as this would inject wrong impact over his people. If the Dinka people wanted to fight they would have to move to their home across the Nile. But if they wanted to live in Mundari land they would have to stop fighting. Feeling ashamed the fighters resolved to live in peace."
In August 20-27 Radio visited various cattle camps in Terekeka, Central Equatoria. A number of success stories following impact of radio messages recorded in Digital Audio Players (DAP) were shared:
A. Peter Tongun Sub Chief of Joor Boma Lokweni cattle camp and area (centre) reports what he and his camp learnt:
Value life (Don't kill)
Hard work to avoid raiding
Live peacefully with people (use good words and good approaches)
Beneficiaries: 20 youth, 10 women, 70 children
Peter believes that youth will be transformed as they keep listening to radio messages. Across should keep coming and monitoring the messages and adding more messages.
B. Although he did not receive a DAP in the year Chief Magbang of Joor Boma Terekeka County listened to the messages from those who had. He said, "I have told those who are holding on to the DAPs to go to the churches and share the messages with those who have not had access to them. The messages remind me of a good leader."
C. In Ngamangu cattle camp Garbina and Lakenyi, the camp chief,
reported that the messages are good news to help people come out of the box of ignorance to the box of enlightenment. "We are now living as brothers and sisters. We want to share the same with others. Ours is like a school of peace building." Through the message on peace Lukenyi helped solve the fights in the cattle camp.
There are girls in Ngamangu camp some of whom would engage in sexual acts in the bush and would deceive their parents. They listened to the messages on HIV/AIDS, and on consequences of conflict arising when involvement in unofficial sex is discovered. They now want to involve their parents by introducing their suitors to them.
D. Ujungani Cattle Camp
Rt Camp Leader. There is a lot of improvement in the cattle camps as youth have listened to the radio messages. Many are turning away from raids and conflicts to handling matters peaceably.
Goal: Supply literature for the churches' mission, while building their capacity to produce literature. Increase literacy, especially in South Sudanese languages. Increase published literature about South Sudan Sudan Literature Center (SLC)
Locations: Yei (with sales outlets in Juba, currently, and other Across locations in future) Foci: Hymn books & prayer books, Children's books, Academic/educational books focussed on South Sudan.
Beneficiaries valuing literature and willing to pay for it. Known income from paying customers (August) US$2,500 and SSP 15,000
10,280 pieces of literature printed
Jonglei folk story book 1 printed- the stories are collected from 5 cattle keeping tribes in Jonglei with the aim of promoting peace as well as education
The only full-time staff is overloaded doing administration, editorial, typesetting & production oversight.
Remoteness from technical support for printing machines
Insecurity made transport of books difficult
1. Children's literacy in mother tongue taught in remote areas by use of Digital Audio Players to train literate but untrained volunteers in how to use printed charts and primers developed by SIL South Sudan and supplemented by alphabet songs, games, and instructions of use of alphabet flashcards - contained on the DAPs.
(a) in a Bari language in a church near Yei - which later developed into a primary school (Project funded by USAID/World Vision and video taken by Across staff member Walter Duku)
(b) in Dinka language in nomadic cattle camps in Tonj East, former Warrap State - showing the benefits of an Across project funded by UNICEF (videos taken by UNICEF journalist team)
The Power of One: a cattle camp school
2. Peace building in cattle camps using messages on DAPs in a project funded by Dan Church Aid (video taken by DCA journalist)
3. Training in Ox-plough use in Tonj East - supplemented by seed supply and Agriculture and peace training in Dinka language on DAPs in a project funded by UNICEF (video clip taken by UNICEF journalist team)
Goal:To foster among South Sudanese, especially the illiterate, a Biblical faith and lifestyle, good practices for healthy living, and hope for the future.
Completion of the "All Children Reading" project funded by USAID (01.10.2012-31.03.2015) Focus-Greater Yei and Kajo Keji (Central Equatoria), greater Rumbek (Lakes State), & Bor County (Jonglei S) Solar powered digital audio players (DAPs) were used as instructors in a mother tongue literacy course supplemented with literacy materials developed by SIL. More than 37,000 items (books, charts, players and flashcard) supplied to 402 learn-to-read groups using 2 mother-tongue languages – Bari and Dinka. Thus 281 government schools, 71 community learning groups and 51 learning groups in 17 nomadic cattle camps benefitted. Beneficiaries are mainly in Primary 1 to Primary 3 grade levels.
Holistic peace building & social development among cattle keepers (January 2012 to current) Uses DAPs loaded with peace building, trauma healing, and social development messages – such as HIV/AIDs awareness and girl child education. Listening groups formed, mainly in cattle camps in Terekeka (CES), Bor / Twic East / Duk / Pibor Greater Administrative Area (Jonglei State); IDP camps in Juba and Bor towns; and refugee camps in NW Uganda. Impact: reduction in: fighting, loss of life, and child abduction between adjacent cattle keeping tribes and clans. Also improved marriage relations between husbands and wives and greater respect for women. See video clip of impact https://www.danchurchaid.org/news/news/video-dca-spreadsmessages-of-peace-in-south-sudan 400 players are to be distributed to 400 listening groups by end of 2015 with over 20,000 beneficiaries hoped for in 2015. We are about 60% achieved.
Livelihoods, peace building, life skills and children's literacy in Tonj East, Warrap State (Feb-Dec 2015) (Extension of projects 1 and 2 above) Over 3000 children are now reached in 13 primary and 8 church schools, and 13 cattle camps. About 7000 people in cattle camps being reached with peace building, life skills and social development through 199 DAP listening groups in 13 camps of about 600 plus 41 local chiefs About 3000 people in 99 listening groups currently being supplied through 99 DAPs being distributed by 11 church leaders. More DAPs to follow – next tie with Christian content. 5 Agriculture groups were started in each of the 6 payams of Tonj East and supplied with one ox-plough each (30 in all), training and seeds to plant. One group has cultivated nearly 30 feddans (over 100 acres) and recorded 61 sacks of ground nuts harvested to date.
At Across, we work to bring Christ centered transformation of South Sudan communities. We desire to see people with a hopeful plan for their own life, their families, their communities, and their country. We desire to see people with a greater understanding of Jesus and living out an imitation of His life here on earth. We desire to see people reaching out to the needs of others.
For 43 years Across has walked with the communities of South Sudan, both during times of war and times of peace, as they realize the God given potential of their land and their people. These years have been full of successes, but marred with the pain and struggle of a country torn apart by years of civil and tribal war. We remain strong in our resolve to walk with the broken hearted and proclaim a different way of life, one that is marked with the character of Christ. Peace, love, sufficiency, joy, hope, service, commitment and faithfulness.
Christ centered Transformation
Lifelong, sustainable transformation that affects every part of life – mental, physical, spiritual, and social. This not a new model for transformation! Jesus brought the model for transformation when He came to earth. As we walk alongside South Sudan communities, we seek transformation in these same 4 domains:
In Luke chapter 2 verse 52, Jesus grew from a child to a man in four different domains:
“He grew in wisdom (mental) and stature (physical) and in favor with God (spiritual) and
Extension of the arm of God to impact the:
Mental:Knowledge, insight, vision for the future.
Physical:Sufficient food, access to health care, proper sanitation/hygiene, and stable housing.
Spiritual:Continuously deepening relationship with God and imitation of His character
Social:Harmonious relationships serving each other