The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.

South Sudan

As a result of the civil war in South Sudan and even though a peace agreement was signed, seven million people or about two thirds of the population are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019. The years of conflict, looting and destruction of livelihood also led to two million internally displaced people within the country, which remains in the grip of a serious humanitarian crisis. The teams of Terre des hommes (Tdh) supply families with basic necessities and help them increase the local food production. Children benefit from a food project in schools and are offered safe areas where they can play, learn and get psychosocial help. 

What we do

Emergency support to internally displaced persons

Tdh is supporting the conflict-affected communities with stockpiling and distribution of food rations, basic non-food items including clothes, jerry cans to transport and store water, saucepans, cups, spoons, mosquito nets and hygiene items such as soap and sanitary pads. They also get material to repair or build temporary shelters. Finally, Tdh supports the construction and rehabilitation of basic water and sanitation facilities like hand washing stations, latrines, water points, waste management facilities, and raises awareness on good hygiene practices.

Child protection

Tdh ensures that vulnerable children have access to psychosocial aid and case management with referrals to specialised services. Alternatives for children deprived of parental care are facilitated by reinforcing community initiatives and supporting foster families. We improve the wellbeing of children and caregivers through community services where children can attend psychosocial activities in child friendly spaces. In Yei, Tdh rehabilitates classrooms, provides schools with teaching material and trains teachers to give vulnerable children access education. Youth who have not completed school can start income generating activities to support their livelihood.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Additionally to activities and support in relation to water, hygiene and sanitation, the Blue School concept promotes school gardens as a practical place to demonstrate how food production and efficient water management as well as watershed and land management practices and good waste management are linked. Tdh launched these gardening activities in Yei schools to complement the World food program distributions of dry rations, as part of school feeding project.

Food Security and Livelihood

Tdh contributes to tackle food insecurity in Yei in Central Equatoria. We contribute to the restoration of food security & livelihoods through the creation and rehabilitation of productive agricultural inputs for the crisis affected communities. We help vulnerable families who have access to land in the city's security perimeter by distributing seeds and farming tools and by providing training in farming techniques. To improve the nutritional value of the children’s food intake, school children are provided with vegetables and meat through our school feeding project which is complementary to urban agriculture.

Opposing Harm

« Food stocks often last less than a week. »

Anais Guérin, Tdh food security specialist


Terre des hommes in South Sudan

Beneficiaries 2018


79,371 people


Expatriate / local employees


9 / 83


Budget 2019


CHF 4,520,000.-




Where we work

Supported by


Start of Terre des hommes’ mission in South Sudan.
Launch of a project to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate child soldiers affiliated with armed forces/groups.
Start of a major water and sanitation programme.
Emergency intervention to address the needs of the people and the families affected by the famine.

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Related publications

Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2018
Thematic Policy - Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises
Courage no. 61 - South Sudan: urban farming to survive siege conditions

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