Caritas South Sudan was founded in 2011 following the independence of South Sudan and is the official organisation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sudan. In their first year of operation the agency has witnessed significant growth and many notable achievements. These include considerable strengthening of systems and organisational development of the national and the diocesan offices, as well as humanitarian activities and responses through the Caritas Emergency Appeal.
Caritas South Sudan solidarity with the poor and commitment to serve the human person in love and dignity are the underpinnings to the agency’s initiatives. Programmes that include capacity building for sustainable development, campaigns advocating for peace and national reconciliation, prevention methods to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic and disaster preparedness and humanitarian relief to deploy a prompt response to a country prone to regular disasters, both natural and man-made, such as droughts, famines and conflict.
Caritas South Sudan’s main office is in Juba and has a staff of around 15 employees. The national secretariat is entrusted within the task of coordinating the 6 dioceses in the implementation of their activities.
Caritas South Sudan is a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Africa. The agency collaborates with Caritas partners to facilitate their initiatives, such as a project in 2012 with Catholic Relief Services USA to provide shelter, water, capacity building, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
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