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In 2015 Across commits to the concept of OPEN DATA. As part of this commitment, Across is publishing project data in an IATI-compliant way. Across will begin publishing IATI compliant project data as from February 2015, starting with a UKAID funded Girls’ Education Challenge project in South Sudan that is a joint partnership with Red een Kind (Help a Child). Across will initially publish data that needs to be published.
The Lead organization in South Sudan is Red Een Kind (ReK) and the key partner organization is Across. The education focus is on lower and upper primary. Target location is Rumbek East County in 25 schools. The impact on learning targets 12,336 marginalized girls.
Across complies with Red een Kind’s belief in sharing information and knowledge in order to make cooperation easier. Across therefore commits to publish financial data.
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.
Across began as an organization in 1972 and has been faithfully serving through a number of transitions in response to the changing conditions in South Sudan. Today, 47 years later Across' vision and mission of holistic transformation of South Sudan communities is rekindled than ever before!
Founded in 1972 by four mission societies (AIM, SUM, SIM, and MAF), ACROSS has gone through a number of transitions in response to the changing conditions in South Sudan and partners outside Sudan. This continuous service for 47 years has given us a wonderful heritage in the nation.
Over the years, ACROSS has been known by several variations of the name. First as an association, then an acronym; and today we are known simply as ACROSS.
ACROSS has always been a place where people from around the world have come to serve God and grow in their personal and professional development. ACROSS has been the platform where many South Sudanese have become mature Christian professionals, often going on to hold major responsibilities and strategic positions in the South Sudan government, Church and society at large.
ACROSS has become a special and valuable partner to the Church in South Sudan over the decades of collaboration, including the years of wartime. The vision of ACROSS is to see the local church become a resource and a vibrant center for hope, help and healing in the communities we serve.
The dynamics in South Sudan affect the nature and style of ACROSS’s work. As a local organization, we stay in place when others have had to leave. Beyond security issues, refugee issues, and political movements, the presence of international relief agencies has made some people hopeless and others dependent—dampening some people’s imagination for change. Over the years, from times or war to the peace agreement in 2005, then to the independence of the Republic of South Sudan and the signing of subsequent peace agreements following civil clashes- ACROSS has had to respond to new realities both helpful and challenging.
Today, ACROSS is an interdenominational, international, Christian organization focused on holistic, Christ-centred transformation of South Sudan and beyond. We work to build communities, improve education, strengthen churches, improve livelihoods, and teach about human dignity. Working with South Sudanese communities in a dialogue of equals, ACROSS seeks biblical transformation in all sectors. Churches, schools, gardens, and health centers alike work with ACROSS to aid in the mutually envisioned development. Through training programs and local resources, ACROSS works to understand and engage root causes of problems from the perspective of those affected. A holistic approach, one for the whole person and whole community, is necessary for creating meaningful relationships and authentic change.