Impact South Sudan focuses on supporting the vulnerable and displaced. South Sudan is a country that is currently experiencing immense challenges. The civil war has taken its toll on civilians and the infrastructure of the country. Over 1 million South Sudanese have fled their country to seek safety in surrounding countries. This has left farms unattended and food insecurity is a large threat to much of the country.
Despite this, there is a resilience among the South Sudanese to continue to work for peace and transformational development. iTeams Canada is proud to partner with programs and South Sudanese leaders who work hard to empower teachers, improve educational quality, and protect at-risk children.
Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC) faithfully operates in Juba as a response to these adverse conditions and seeks to protect, nurture, and empower the most vulnerable of society. These include women and children at risk of gender based violence as well as children on the streets. In light of this ongoing conflict, the work of Impact South Sudan – CCC remains essential as well as part of a larger vision for a peaceful and more prosperous South Sudan.
International Teams also continues to be a key partner of Emmanuel Christian College (ECC). In the upcoming year, ECC hopes to continue to strengthen its already existing partnerships while expanding to create partnerships with other like-minded organizations both in South Sudan and abroad.
Detailed Implementation Plan
Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC)
Fighting between the forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar began on December 135, 2013. South Sudan is approaching five years of conflict and the situation is worsening for many civilians. Today there are more displaced persons being sent to the POC (Protection of Civilian) sites than ever before. Also there are currently 2.4 million children in South Sudan who are unable to attend school because of violence. South Sudan has the highest proportion of children unable to attend school in the entire world.
We continue to support young girls in South Sudan by providing tuition. Because of the violence and uncertainty in South Sudan, 38 children have been sent to Kampala in Uganda to attend boarding school.
South Sudan Educational Development
In the last six months ECC has faced insecurities, supply shortages, and a recent attack on the Goli campus. In spite of these indescribable challenges, ECC has persevered and even now continues to pray and plan to lead the college into an unknown but hopeful future. Tenacious determination, reliance on God’s strength and unshakeable hope describe the ECC community and their journey of the last 6 months.
The ECC Education program has 67 students. The second and third year students are required to do placements in various schools within the community and surrounding area. The ECC student teachers bring into these classrooms new teaching methodologies, a commitment to healthy student/teacher relationship, and a passion for their students and learning. These student teachers are able to manage and teach classes consisting of 40-100 students at a time. These class sizes are incredibly challenging they are using well planned, engaging lessons that the ECC student teachers are bringing to these students. Literally hundreds of primary students are being impacted by these extraordinary, high quality teachers and their commitment to their students’ learning.
Stories of Transformation
Maggie was born in war, as was her mother and her grandmother before her. She grew up in a small village in South Sudan, with an absent father and a mother who was barely able to make ends meet. At age eight Maggie, her mom and her younger sisters all headed to Juba in hopes that the city would provide more business for her mom’s goods. Maggie’s oldest sister Rosie had to stay in the village to care of grandma.
Life in Juba was hard, the little family had to live as squatters in the local cemetery and alcohol had become Maggie’s mom’s escape. Rosie left the village and joined the family in Juba. Together, Maggie and Rosie began to live on the streets fighting to survive and avoid rape or exploitation. Things were not looking good for these young girls.
One day Maggie and Rosie followed some other girls to a church in Juba. It was here that they met Mama Cathy. Cathy took them in and they lived on her porch, this was nine years ago. That was the beginning of Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC).
Today, Maggie is seventeen and Rosie is nineteen. Maggie will be heading to Grade 9 in a boarding school in Uganda. Her life has been full of challenges and struggles but God has been providing her with the opportunities to live a transformed life. Maggie is excited about going to secondary school and having the opportunity to live the life that her grandmother and mother were never able to. We hope that through education for girls like Maggie that no more children will have to be born into times of war and face such abuse again.
The philosophy of ECC has always been academic independence where South Sudanese are in leadership, teaching and guiding the school into the future as God leads. This year one of Melodie’s first students, Annet, took over the Educational Assessment course that Melodie has been teaching for the past 5 years. Annet was the core teacher with Melodie as her Teaching Assistant. Annet did a fantastic job, guiding her students through the course content with confidence and expertise. Next year Annet will teach the course solo! This is a great step towards meeting our goal of having sustainable, all-indigenous leadership. She’s a remarkable woman, an excellent teacher and a hero in our books!
Impact South Sudan CCC has received support from schools and churches to help send young South Sudanese girls to school. In October, Program Champion Tracey Coghlin will visit South Sudan and work alongside the program leader there to support young women and children.
Stephanie Van den Boomen, a long-term supporter of Impact South Sudan, is teaching the Special Education course at ECC with Matthew Williams in July 2018.