South Sudan

South Sudan (5)

Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00

Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents

BRAC's initiatives for adolescents empowers girls between the ages of 11 to 15 both socially and financially, so they can conduct themselves with confidence and lead their lives with independence and dignity.

BRAC provides safe spaces, called 'adolescents clubs', for girls where they are able to exercise their freedom to express themselves, interact with peers and mentors, and learn about critical social issues including sexual and reproductive health, early marriage, gender-based violence and drug abuse. The clubs serve as centres for various training, with curriculums based on extensive labour market survey and local demands. Examples of trainings include rearing livestock, tailoring and embroidery, salon activities and hotel management.

The girls are educated on financial literacy, which provides them with a better understanding of both personal finances and the financial aspects of small businesses. Savings and credit facilities are provided to orient them towards financial empowerment from an early age. BRAC as part of the programme holds regular meetings with parents, local leaders and the community at large to raise awareness and build support for adolescent girls.

 

Current Projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Goal

Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents

September 2013 to September 2017 

Novo foundation

To socially and financially empower girls between the ages of 11 to 15, so they can conduct and lead their lives with confidence and independence.

 

Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Targeting the Ultra Poor

Targeting the ultra poor programme in South Sudan started in April 2013. 250 beneficiaries were selected from Yei County area of Central Equatoria who received training, assets and technical supports based on selected enterprises. TUP members also received food support, medical treatment, and veterinary facilities for their ducks and goats.

BRAC’s ultra poor programme focuses on improving the socioeconomic situation of those at the base of the economic pyramid. To help this population get on the bottom rung of the economic ladder, the programme’s process includes a deliberate sequencing of interventions including asset grants, skills development and personalised healthcare support.

This integrated support is helping them lessen their burden on assets and ensure sustainable economic development. To ensure the effective result of the project, asset sustainability and long-term benefit, BRAC has formed 14 groups comprising of 18-20 members to raise their voice for their rights and share their learning, problems and ideas at the community level.

To ensure the social security of members, safety of distributed assets and good environment for the TUP members in the village, BRAC has formed the village poverty reduction committee (VPRC) comprising of local leaders, school teachers, village elites, group leaders and elderly people of the village. Increasing assets, growing attitude for savings and bringing behaviour change among the members are also considered as important aspects for sustainable and potential socioeconomic development of the members.

 

Projects

Duration

Donor/

partners

Objectives

TUP

April 2013 to September 2015

DFID

The objective is to support ultra-poor women in South Sudan to develop sustainable livelihoods and food security so that they and their families move out of extreme poverty and hunger

Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Agriculture and Livestock

BRAC South Sudan has implemented an agriculture programme that addresses the urgent need for food security and enhances agricultural activities in the region. Two collective demonstrative farms (CDF) have been established in Yambio (WE) and Yei (CE) for practical collective training of CDF farmers, ox plough farmers as well as training on crop production through system based cropping. These farms have been established through close partnership with government and Ministry of Agriculture. The programme addresses crop yield, poultry and livestock productivity, land productivity and use of resources. In this programme, eligible farmers are selected and introduced to a variety of farming techniques including the use of modern technology, organic pesticide and integrated pest management and good rearing and management practice of poultry and livestock. BRAC implements its holistic and inclusive approach utilising three major components: knowledge and skill development, inputs supply and extension services.
The agricultural programme addresses the urgent need to boost food security and nutrition, and enhances agricultural activities in the region. In this programme, eligible farmers are selected and introduced to a variety of farming techniques including the use of modern technology.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) we established adaptive research in collective demonstration farms (CDF) - 15 varieties of rice, 12 types of vegetables, one breed of hybrid maize and five types of pulse were transferred from Bangladesh to South Sudan for testing in CDF farms.

Through seed multiplication and emergency seed and tools distribution projects funded by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), BRAC has ensured emergency livelihood to 4,900 farmers who are internally displaced or are refugees.

The agricultural coordinators, along with the community organisers, continually visit and provide support to farmers with technical advice on improved production. Issues like pest management, storage of grains, distribution and packing are also followed up on a regular basis. The farmers that BRAC serves through our agriculture programme are from the bottom of the pyramid and more than 60 per cent of them are women.

 

Projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

Distribution of FAO emergency crop kits for second season planting to support 4,600 HHs

August 2014 to October 2014

FAO

Contribute to protecting vulnerable populations affected by the crisis against hunger, malnutrition and destitution

Community based seed multiplication through farmer’s field school

July 2015 to December 2015

FAO

Improved capacity of seed growers to produce and supply quality seed of adapted improved and local varieties to vulnerable households in South Sudan

Distribution of foundation seeds to support implementation of seed multiplication activities through farmers group and distribution of foundation seed kits to support 300 HHS

July 2014 to December 2014

FAO

Contribute to protecting vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing crisis against hunger, malnutrition and destitution

Agriculture, Poultry and Livestock

October 10 to September 2015

Oxfam Novib

Improving technique and technology for ensuring the food security by training and demonstration

Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Health and Nutrition

BRAC's essential healthcare programme in South Sudan is a scalable model of community healthcare. The overall goal of the health programme is to improve health conditions and increase access to healthcare by providing basic health services in BRAC identifies and trains potential women from the communities to become community health promoters (CHPs) . CHPs identify and refer individuals with serious complications to local public and private health facilities, and earn a small income by selling healthcare products at the household level. In line with the free healthcare initiative, CHPs provide free services to pregnant and lactating mothers, and children who are under five.

CHPs are trained to diagnose and treat some basic ailments such as diarrhoea, dysentery, common cold, helminthiasis, anaemia, ringworm, scabies, hyperacidity and angular stomatitis. In regular health forums they discuss issues such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV prevention, family planning and maternal health, as well as sanitation. During regular household visits, the CHP encourages women to use modern methods of contraception. CHPs identify pregnant women during their household visits and inform the programme assistants, who then perform antenatal checkups at community level, raises awareness of pregnancy related care, delivery preparedness and possible signs and complications during pregnancy. 

As a part of the government’s Child Survival programme, BRAC is implementing its Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) programme with support from DFID. The programme provides treatment of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria of children under five. BRAC’s nutrition programme in South Sudan initially started in 2011, with the support from Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to serve children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and raise awareness regarding infant and young child feeding (IYCF), hygiene, sanitation and food habits.

During their household visits, the Community-Based Drug Distributors (CBDs) identify suspected cases of malaria in under-five children and treat them as per the treatment guideline. The CBDs refer the patients to the nearest government health facilities in case they do not respond to the treatment. The CBDs follow up with the patients to see if the patients are taking anti-malarial medication properly and recovering from illness. 

Under the financial support of UNICEF, BRAC is implementing the Emergency Nutrition Programme through which children under five years are screened and are provided with therapeutic treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

 

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives                                               

Essential Health Care

October 2013 to December 2015

BRAC USA

To improve maternal, neonatal and child health status, through increasing access to basic health care services

Global Fund Malaria programme

January 2012 to December 2017

GFATM

To increase access to home based management of malaria among under five children

TB Reach

July 2014 to November 2015

TB reach (WHO)

To reduce TB related morbidity and mortality in five counties of Lakes State in South Sudan

ICCM

April 2014 to March 2018

DFID

To increase access to home based management of diarrhea, pneumonia and SAM cases among under five children

Emergency Nutrition Programme

September 2014 to October 2015

UNICEF

To increase community based screen of under five children to identify SAM case and ensure treatment.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00

Education

Delivering education services is currently a top priority in BRAC's development agenda in South Sudan. BRAC South Sudan supports both formal as well as non-formal education. In addition vocational education is provided to youth linked with livelihood development. The education programme covers children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 19. Through BRAC’s unique model of operating schools, lessons are delivered in a more child-friendly and learner- centered manner. In South Sudan, BRAC’s community girls' schooling and accelerated learning programme is an alternative academic programme targeting marginalised girls. Another significant project in education is “Girls’ Education South Sudan' which was commissioned by BMB Mott MacDonald and funded by DFID. The main objective of the project is to contribute to increase the access and quality of education for girls through community participation in the schools.

 

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Goal

Provision of quality primary education for 8,100 out of school children in South Sudan

January 2013 to June 2016

DFID (GPAF)

Quality primary education for 8,100 out of school children in South Sudan

Support to quality basic education

January 2013 to December 2015

Stromme Foundation

Ensure quality basic education through 30 community schools

Girls Education South Sudan

July 2013 to June 2018

DFID (GESS)

To support 50,000 girls in 342 government schools in Lakes State to improve attendance and continue education

Support to Quality   Basic Education in   South Sudan

September 2014 to January 2018

USAID

Quality primary education for 10,500 out of school children in South Sudan

Accelerated Learning Programme targeting 750 girls aged 10-19 in South Sudan

January 2015 to December 2017

NORAD

Improved life chances for 750 out of school adolescents and young girls in South Sudan

 

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