What is being done?
In June and July 2017 diaconal aid flights were made to support Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) ministries to hungry Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who had lost their homes in the last flare-up of fighting.
South Sudan is a mostly undeveloped country, but largely lush and well-watered. Even when there is no fighting, roads are only seasonally passable dirt tracks. Most South Sudanese live on subsistence agriculture, building their huts near streams and rivers, herding, fishing and planting gardens.
Wanding, South Sudan is a safe community away from conflicts in other parts of South Sudan. It is in the northeast, on the Pibor river, across from Ethiopia. It is not a camp, but many hundreds of people have resettled there. More and more continue to arrive from other areas to flee the fighting and insecurity. Often they have lost everything.
MERF partners with the local Presbyterian Churches of South Sudan (PCOSS). In Wanding, South Africa the congregations are ministering to the displaced people gathering in their communities. The MERF-Lokichoggio Ministry Center Manager and MERF's Nuer Gospel Radio Broadcasters and most of those who have received MERF biblical training belong to the PCOSS and keep in regular touch with other PCOSS pastors and churches. Local churches request assistance when needs are greater than they can handle. Local pastors, elders and church volunteers organize distribution to the displaced and most needy.
Materials delivered (by air, from Lokichoggio):
Requiring multiple Charter flights to Wanding, Akobo & Old Fangak (safe areas near Ethiopia & Sudan where South Sudan IDPs fled fighting in Yuai & Waat)
6 cartons Fishing Hooks
10 cartons of Fishing Nets
Food aid (Maize Flour)
Used clothes - KS 80,000
1000 Mosquito Nets (previously purchased & stored at MERF-Loki Center)
350 Plastic Shelter for Waterproofing (previously purchased & stored at MERF-Loki Center)
CRWRF Contribution: $35,000