Nile Hope Rehabilitation team conducting rehabilitation of broken borehole in Akobo East.
Nile Hope has been working in Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene sector since 2005 covering wider range of activities with aim of improving and increasing access to equitable safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in South Sudan, we are currently implementing these activities in three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Central equatorial and we intends to expand to other seven states with time.
Main Activities of WASH
- Conduct social mobilization and visioning for community:
Nile Hope through social mobilization and WASH campaign approximately 18000 since January 2014 people were reached with key hygiene promotional messages through meetings, home visits and CLTs approaches in both Counties. This awareness has been done jointly with Authority County Rural Water and Sanitation. This mass awareness has increased the level of understanding of the community in term of safe sanitation and hygiene good practices.
- Rehabilitation and maintenance of water points:
Nile Hope with support from her successfully conducted rehabilitation of 45 broken water benefiting estimated 25000 people many water points are located in Akobo county,Nasir,Ulang and Fangak, yet access to safe drinking water remains the challenge due high increase of population demanding for safe drinking water.
- Support point of-use household water treatment system and storage management
Nile Hope reached total of 5000 household residing along the river banks prone to water related diseases and lack safe access to water for drinking including children and women were reached with safe water treatment and proper storage facilities. Nile Hope has been strengthening capacity of the community along the river and supplied them with PUR chlorines. Community is not only being supplied with PUR, but Nile Hope has ensured that education on the use of PUR is provided including the proper storage of the treated water either by boiling or chlorination.
- Distributions, management of Emergency WASH Supplies
About 8000 households affected by conflicts and flooding were provided and supported with emergency WASH supplies that include soaps, collapsible jerry cans. Nile Hope responded with distribution of soaps, collapsible jerry cans, buckets that UNICEF prepositioned provided although many could have not been covered by the intervention given the fact that supplies were in big shortage. The targeted beneficiaries include IDPs, returnees that have been affected by the conflicts and floods.
Beneficiaries receiving WASH/NFI items in Akobo County
- Construction of sanitation facilities (Institutional latrines and communal latrines)
Nile Hope has successfully completed the construction of 6 instances (blocks) school emergency blocks two in Atar,two in Khorfulus Bilewiny IDPs school that consist of two doors each segregated by gender emergency institutional school latrines and benefiting 5000 pupils both boys and girls. These schools despite our effort to increase access to safe sanitation and hygiene do lack access to safe water and lack safe water facilities.
Maize doing well in Nile Hope demonstration farm
Food Security Livelihood and Peace Building is one of the Nile Hope departments currently in partnership with and funded by ZOA, UNDP, CHF and is implementing Food Security Livelihoods and Peace Building and Conflict Mitigation in Akobo Jonglei State, Nassir and Ulang Upper Nile State, Juba Central Equatoria State and Awerial in Lake State. In 2014, Nile Hope worked to improve food security for almost 5,000 IDPs and Vulnerable host Communities by providing agriculture inputs and promoting sustainable agriculture through capacity building trainings to the farmers. More than 500 people improved their household income through increased access to cash in an emergency employment program and also 125 people were geared with vocational skills (Tailoring, Hairdressing and Catering).
Nile Hope is running Health projects in three states of the country, Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states. We provide Primary Health Care to local community and respond to emergency health needs /IDPs and vulnerable section of community/ in South Sudan. Nile Hope is providing PHC service to the community in Akobo, Pigi, Leer and Fangak Counties.Some of these projecte are
Nile Hope Nutrition section seeks to deliver quality, life-saving services that include MAM, CMAM, SAM management while putting measures to prevent malnutrition among the most vulnerable groups in the community including children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating women. The Nutrition section works closely with the WASH, Protection and Education departments of Nile Hope as a way of integrating the activities as we embrace teamwork towards achievement of one common goal that is “ Empowering communities for sustainable development”.
Nile Hope Nutrition programs are rapidly expanding, other than treatment and management of malnutrition, the nutrition department is keen to scale up nutrition by staff capacity building and educating the community members.
A PTA Training in session in Ulang County in Upper Nile State, courtesy of financial and technical support from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), South Sudan
Education indicators in South Sudan remain grim as the years of conflict have taken a serious toll on the education of boys, girls and youth. It is a shocking revelation that, ``There were still 775 million adults who could not read or write in 2010 (with) over a fifth in sub-Saharan Africa (including South Sudan- Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2012).`` And in South Sudan, over 1 million children continue to be out of school despite Government and partners efforts to intervene in education! A July 2012 report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) found that less than 2 percent of the population has completed Website Content Editing/Programs Office primary school education. But, there are positive things happening! For example, the country’s Alternative Education Programme, which originally targeted former soldiers, has since been opened to students of all ages. Nile Hope has been at the forefront of efforts to improve education in South Sudan (both formal and informal) by way of establishing learning spaces (permanent and temporary)such as Akobo Primary School in Akobo County in Jonglei State and improving the general education environment (including sanitation and hygiene), strengthening local education structures and actors such as PTAs and School Management Committees (SMCs) as well as working closely with the County Education Departments on matters like distribution of scholastic materials for teachers and learners.
More importantly, we continue to provide responsive and timely life skills and psychosocial support to growing numbers of teachers, school children and youth (through responsive interventions such as Shonglap/Mazungumzo that targets out-of-school adolescent girls). Working through the Cluster approach, Nile Hope is an important player in the Education Sector and continues to participate in critical forums and policy gatherings to generate such tools as the South Sudan Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (INEE). The education needs continue to be many and diverse and Nile Hope will continue to strengthen existing partnerships (e.g. UNICEF, Stromme Foundation, BRAC and CHF...) whilst engaging in new ones. On teachers, for example, Gordon Brown (Education in South Sudan: Investing in a better future, a review by Gordon Brown, 2012) reports “just 13 per cent of primary school teachers are female, with five states – Jonglei included......having a female presence of 8 per cent or less.ˮ Gordon reports the pupil-teacher ratio in Jonglei as 1:201.
Delighted children of Akobo Primary School in Jonglei State who have consistently been supported by Nile Hope with education materials, school infrastructure improvement among others.
Children and women presenting their gifts to Rev. Rowan William during his visit in UNMISS Tong Ping camp
Protection department started in 2009 in Jonglei state, but at the beginning it was purely Gender Based Violence as time went on basing on the priority needs. Nile hope had to scale up its sectors by integrating child Protection into Gender Based Violence in their areas of operation, with an objective to respond and to prevent further violence against the most vulnerable ( women and girls).This been achieved through awareness raising ( dissemination of behavior change messages), trainings, providing psychosocial support, capacity building ( entrepreneurship skills), positive talk sessions, formation of clubs and formation of the response team for sustainable development.
The first GBV project was funded by UNFPA from 2009 to 2011 covering Jonglei state ( Nyiro, Uror, Akobo, Duke, Twic east, Ayod and Bor south) for a period of one (1) yea. Although for a period of six (6) months Nile Hope was short of funds for the protection project to continue running.
2012 Nile Hope developed partnership with Norwegian people’s Aid (NPA) which contributed greatly towards our vision of a just society where communities are empowered to lead dignified lives in peace and harmony.
Nile Hope had a child protection project funded by Christian Aid which was to run from the month of April to July/ 2014. In this project we aimed at offering psychosocial support to children affected in conflict in the Central Equatorial State. Where we engaged actively in support of the IDPs at UNMISS Tong Ping camp through interacting closely with them by forming clubs.
A group photo was taken after the training of community leaders in Nasir county on the prevention and respond to GBV issues.