SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been operating in South Sudan since October 2006, before the country gained its independence. Throughout, we have constantly adapted our projects to meet the needs of the different population groups present in the country (residents, returnees, refugees and today, the internally displaced). At the time of writing, our projects are focused solely on providing an emergency response across the country and covering the basic needs of the displaced populations living in two United Nations bases and one informal settlement.
Initially, emergency water and sanitation facilities (latrines, water distribution points) were built. Today, they are gradually being replaced by longer-lasting infrastructure, wherever possible. These activities are accompanied by awareness-raising campaigns on the basics of good hygiene practices. The community also learns how to maintain the facilities they use. Hygiene kits are also distributed (including jerrycans, soap, and buckets).
Emergency responses to population movement
Beneficiaries: 43,000 internally displaced people living in the Malakal and Juba UNMISS bases Intervention zone: Malakal (Upper Nile) and Juba (Central Equatoria)
In the parts of the United Nations military bases in Malakal and Juba that are reserved for the Protection of Civilians (PoC), SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is in charge of some or all of the activities relating to water, sanitation and hygiene. In Juba, we are responsible for providing the 25,000 people living in the camp with water. For the time being, this is done solely by truck (around 30 trips must be made each day), for want of an alternative solution. On both sites (Malakal and Juba), our teams are responsible for constructing and maintaining the latrines and showers, emptying the latrines regularly and organising waste management.
On both sites, our hygiene promotion activities focus on personal hygiene - primarily the use of soap - the use of latrines, the transport, storage and use of water, and food hygiene.
Beneficiaries: 40,000 internally displaced people Intervention zone: Wau Shilluk Displacement Site
Some people have chosen to gather on sites outside the United Nations military bases, in places where they feel safe, often due to the ethnic composition of the region's population. This is the case for those who have settled along the River Nile, around the village of Wau Shilluk. Here, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL's teams are responsible for water supply and hygiene promotion. They make sure that the water is chlorinated and that latrines are disinfected regularly, as well as building hand-washing points. The challenge today is to replace the temporary emergency facilities with longer-lasting installations, in order to facilitate the transfer of their management and maintenance to the local community.
Beneficiaries: 123,000 peopleIntervention zones: the country's 10 states, in particular Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile
Rapid needs assessment and emergency water, hygiene and sanitation response for populations directly affected by crises and natural disasters
Since 2011, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been one of the international NGOs present in South Sudan equipped with a rapid emergency response mechanism, funded by the European Union (ECHO). The system enables a specialised team to be rapidly deployed in the field, in order to conduct a needs assessment and initiate, where necessary, the immediate implementation of emergency responses in water, hygiene and sanitation.
Cash transfer pilot project
Beneficiaries: 18,000 people Intervention zones: Upper Nile State
In December 2014, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL launched a pilot cash transfer project, which provides an alternative to the direct distributions of food supplies organised by the World Food Programme (WFP), thus contributing to local economic recovery. This project particularly targets the populations living along the River Nile between Malakal and Kodok, in Upper Nile State, and who have access to a market (in this case, in Malakal).
Last updated - December 2014
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