Feeding Primary School Children in South Sudan
Despite hopeful beginnings, peace remains elusive in the world’s newest state, which remains mired in division and internal conflict. The Lologo district in the south of the capital city Juba used to be a camp for internally displaced people. Many residents of this extremely poor neighborhood try to eke out a living by growing fruit and vegetables, but their small crop is never enough to meet the needs of the community. Combined with inflated food prices, which make the situation significantly worse, the result for many of Lologo’s inhabitants is a life lived in the shadow of hunger.
Following South Sudanese independence in July 2011, hopes for positive change in the country were high. Repeated outbreaks of violence, however, have rendered conditions in parts of the country worse than ever before – forcing almost half of the country’s entire population to flee their homes. Despite repeated attempts to restore lasting peace, the situation in South Sudan remains unstable, and thousands continue to live in fear of violence.
Because of its extreme poverty, there are a huge number of children under the age of five suffering from undernutrition in Lologo even when compared to other areas of Juba. Older children are forced to fend for themselves in order to find something to eat. Malteser International’s school meals program at the AL Salam School in Lologo has succeeded in improving the nutrition of more than 2,000 of these children, in addition to improving their life chances and education by allowing them to continue in school rather than worrying about where their next meal will come from.
- Prevent undernutrition, and improve health amongst school-age children
- Invest in the education of school-age children by increasing the frequency of their attendance at school
- Provision of regular hot meals to school pupils
- Provision of the necessary catering equipment and materials
Area: 644,329 km²
Population: c. 12 million
Project duration: October 2016 to June 2017
Donor: ADH - Germany's Relief Coalition
Last updated: January 2017