No matter the place, women and mothers are at the centre of our programmes.

You know how it goes — don't cross a mother bear and her cubs!

Well, we'd say the exact same thing about the women we work with.

They are mothers and mother-figures who are determined to see their children survive and build a future.

Women who never thought they could become successful...

Farmers. Mechanics. Business owners. Community leaders. Nutrition experts. Social workers. Doctors. Teachers.

Yet, they do and your gift helps them on their way :)

Join this 'Mother to Mother' group and meet 15 South Sudanese women, doing it for the kids!

Many South Sudanese women and mothers, never had the chance to go to school or fulfil their education hopes.

Many fled violence and war, making temporary shelters their new homes. Rape & sexual violence is a reality many women personally know.

When forced to flee, it's extremely common for women and mothers to not only run with their children but also children who've been orphaned or left behind.

With a lack of access to social services or childcare, the thought of becoming successful farmers may have felt like a faraway dream, but these mamma bears are growing a future from the smallest of seeds.

They have overcome their doubts and extreme difficulties and together not only are they growing and selling nutritious food, they have helped their children recover from malnutrition and now are also teaching and training other women and mothers in the community how to do the same.

This is an extraordinary story of beauty, highlighting a mamma bears heart to see all children grow, overcome and build a better, healthier future.

The Rock City mother-to-mother group are an exceptional group of women, growing and building a future for their children and the children of the community.

​Moses Sakondo

South Sudan has a very complex history.

Present day, life is extremely difficult for many families, especially women and children.

The ongoing effects of decades of violence and conflict can be seen and felt. Political unrest, lack of meaningful employment opportunities, a surging IDP population (Internally Displaced Persons) and the effects of climate mean life is very difficult and so many children do not have their basic needs met.

World Vision has been working in this particular area since 2016 and despite the heaviness of the reality, we also get to see stories like these women who persevered with grit and grace. They have taken this opportunity and grown it into something that they own.

Community farming projects like this 'Mother to Mother' support group aren't just about food and nutrition.

Yes, they help fight malnutrition in children but they go far beyond a meal.

They provide psychological safety and security by giving women a meaningful way to provide for their children. Which increases well-being and grows supportive communities. They also help tackle gender-based violence, because when food and money are coming into a household a woman's agency is increased. Data shows that this leads to more peace, within individuals, families and communities.

When women work together and support each other, the overflow is more peaceful communities.

Is it all perfect, like some NGO utopia? Absolutely not, but the results are worth celebrating and your gift plays a big part in this.

The women of this Rock City mother-to-mother group have survived horrendous atrocities, together they are recovering and most definitely going to grow a future for the children.

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South Sudan

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after Africa’s longest-running civil war. But independence did not bring peace to the country, as civil war broke out once again two years later.

  • 4 million people have been displaced and 400,000 were killed since 2013
  • Armed groups have systematically starved the population by destroying crops and taking over land, as a war tactic to deprive their enemies from finding supplies
  • Cycles of droughts and flooding have also caused widespread famine across the country. 1.3 million children are acutely malnourished.
  • Many displaced families in South Sudan live in temporary camps and young children are at high risk of dying from preventable diseases

children have been recruited as soldiers since the end of 2013