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.
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