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South Sudan Hope

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Orphans and Widow’s Support Ministry

Project 3. Orphans And Widow’s Support Ministry for the States of Western, Central, and Eastern Equatoria.

African Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will assist orphans and widows in Western, Central, and Eastern Equatoria states of South Sudan. These three states are regions in South Sudan that border Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The regions have 24 counties all together. During the war, many South Sudanese settled in these states and because of the constant raids from the Khartoum government and the brutal war of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), many children and women became orphans and widows respectively compared to the other parts of South Sudan.

AfricOrphanage 1an Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will assist orphans and widows by empowering and building their capacity through vocational skills so that they can help themselves and their families. We will assist widows with practical skills in tailoring. We will increase their literacy level by running an evening adult education. For the orphans, our long term goal is to develop their skills in carpentry; masonry; plumbing; and brick-laying.


South Sudan WidowsHowever, at the moment, we would like to develop the skills of orphans in computer literacy. South Sudan is still a new nation which will require lots of these skills. We hope upon successful completion of the training by the orphans and the widows, many of them will improve their financial conditions as they will be able to acquire jobs for themselves. We will be working with the local schools on this project.


Project objectives and activities:

Objective 1: To provide widows with vocational training in tailoring supplemented with adult education so that they can ultimately increase their household income and literacy level as they become self-reliant.

Objective 2: To support orphans with vocational training in computer literacy so that they can ultimately increase their household income and literacy level as they become self-reliant.


Expected results:

  • More widows and orphans will acquire skills that will help them to get jobs, consequently overcoming chronic or extreme poverty in their households.
  • Orphans will be prevented from ending up on street while widows will be empowered to be self-reliant.
  • Improved mental wellbeing from past traumatic experiences, loss and grief that these target groups have experienced in their lives.
  • Improved health outcomes as living conditions improve due to the employment opportunities these groups will have as a result of their training.

Tools to be used to measure the outcomes of the project:

  • Number of widows and orphans recruited to the programs
  • Number of the widows and orphans who complete the program
  • Number of widows and orphans who obtain employment as a result of the training undertaken
  • Feedback from the widows and orphans who attend the training, also from teachers, communities and partners
  • Observed changes in living conditions as trainees become employed in the field that they have been trained
  • Project records and financial reports.

Resources to be produced during the implementation of the project:

  • Training resources for the specified vocational skills
  • Skilled orphans and widows’ workforce who can compete in the vocational job market of their qualifications
  • The project outcomes will be disseminated through a written evaluation which will be given to all stakeholders in the project.

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Further Information

Activities for this project will include:

The project implementation will involve holding vocational education trainings in tailoring (and adult education) and computer literacy. Locally trained staff will be brought in to deliver training in their areas of expertise. Trainees will devote 3 hours a day to attend the training. Training will be conducted in the morning, afternoon, and evenings to cater for high demands and maximizing greater output with the available limited resources. The tailoring training and computer literacy training will run for 1 year. We plan to restrict recruitments for 15 trainees per each of the program at a time to achieve the highest possible standards of training offered. Priority will be given to those widows and orphans in the most difficult situations (those without external support networks).Training will be based in community facilities such as local churches and schools. We plan to open one centre in each of the 24 counties in these three states.

Need for the project

In the just concluded civil war in the Sudan with the South Sudanese rebels (now South Sudan government), many people in South Sudan have lost their lives to the war. It was reported that more than 2.5 million people died during this time. Most of the war was fought in South Sudan especially in the three regions of South Sudan identified in the projects. In addition, these three states have also been raided and attacked by the Uganda Lords’ Resistance Army (LRA). As a result of these, there are currently many orphans and widows in the states.

boys-brick-pileCurrently, many of the orphans and widows find themselves struggling to cope with the aftermath of the war after South Sudan independence. Orphans find it difficult to access formal and academic education system while widows find it hard to support their orphaned children with basic necessities. Unfortunately, there are currently no services offered to these people whose loved ones have died to defend the basic human rights and freedom. In order to be able to help orphans and widows whose loved ones have died in the war, there is a need to empower and build their capacity through vocational trainings as they can translate these skills into employment which on one hand increases their self-reliance and on the other hand reduces poverty. Hence, African Onesimus Mission for South Sudan will provide widows and orphans with vocational training in tailoring (and adult education) and computer literacy respectively so that they can increase their household income.

Potential partners

Local community schools and local churches will be the partners of the African Onesimus Mission for the project. The schools and churches will host some of the trainings. 

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