The project aims to reduced infant and maternal mortality through integrated support of health, nutrition and food security to women and children. The strengthened food security and nutrition education will have positive impact in the community through production of sufficient food and improvement of economic status of the women, and reduction of morbidity and mortality rate related to malnutrition.READ MORE
Problem We Are Trying to Solve
Currently, 6.96 million South Sudanese (about 61% of the population) are at risk of hunger and urgently need food aid - increasing food insecurity (a lack of consistent and affordable food staples) is arising from adverse weather (drought and floods) and the unstable political situation.
The project aims to contribute to reduced infant and maternal mortality through integrated support of health, nutrition and food security to women and children. The strengthened food security and nutrition education will have positive impact in the community through production of sufficient food and improvement of economic status of the women, and reduction of morbidity and mortality rate related to malnutrition.
How We Are Going To Do It
AMREF provides trainings to local farmers to enable them to grow highly nutritional plants and supports with seeds and equipment to build community gardens. In addition, three local schools got goats and the students are trained in keeping the goats - the goats not only complement the students' nutrition but are also used for breeding purposes.
Another key area is the provision of and acces to clean drinking water as diseases caused by germs from dirty water are very common in South Sudan.
AMREF helps the local community by building a new water supply well and restoring existing wells for usage in farming. The water quality is checked regularly and in the communities so-called "water committees" are established whose members are trained in the maintenance of the wells. In addition, the local communities are informed about the importance of hygiene and the consequences of bad hygiene.
These two key areas are complemented by initiatives of creating local job opportunities to provide the local people with the possibility of a self-sustained future.
The project aims specifically at empowering women and their infants, the local farmers and students at schools in Maridi and Ibba.
With the built water supply well 1200 people in the communities of Maridi and Ibba get acces to clean drinking water
Long Term Impact
The project stabilisizes the life conditions with improved livelihoods of farmers, schools and especially the women of the communities in Maridi and Ibba, creates local perspectives and empowers the people not only to lead a healthier life via their own farming but also to generate their own income.
Supporting the people with a local perspective also contributes in the long term to reduced migration movements.
In addition, the reduced malnutrition also results in in reduced morbidity and mortality, •Improved livelihoods of women, farmer groups, communities and schools
What We Need To Do
- Support and build the capacity of farmer groups in agriculture and food processing
- Establish vegetable gardens and increase access to safe water
- Support goat rearing activities