Christian Aid Christmas Appeal to tackle hunger in South Sudan
Published on 30 November, 2017
This Christmas, the Christian Aid Appeal is raising money to support families struggling to feed themselves in South Sudan. And for every pound we give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal , the UK Government will also give a pound.
That’s double the support for families that need our help, meaning even more mothers and infants under-five in South Sudan will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.
As many families gather together for a time of plenty and abundance, millions of mothers and young children hit by severe hunger in countries across the world, including South Sudan, are living on the edge of starvation.
Church is working on peace efforts
Rev Iain Cunningham, Convener of the World Mission Council, encourages church members to support Christian Aid’s development work in South Sudan, saying:
“Christian Aid is doing important development work in South Sudan, one of the most troubled parts of the world and a country where many people are struggling to survive.
“The Church of Scotland is also working in South Sudan but our focus is peacebuilding. We are working with partners to resolve conflict in the country and to achieve peace and reconciliation.”
Six million people are hungry
Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the first time it was declared anywhere in six years. More than three years of conflict had displaced nearly four million people, disrupting harvests and leading to devastating food shortages.
Although famine was averted, the crisis in South Sudan has reached unprecedented levels, with an estimated six million people lacking adequate food. If left untreated, acute malnutrition – the most extreme form of food crisis – can lead to death.
Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland said: “The situation we are seeing in South Sudan is particularly dire, with half the population now experiencing food insecurity. The economic crisis in the country continues to escalate, with the cost of cereals, skyrocketing. The situation has been further exacerbated by the ongoing civil war which has forced millions to flee.
“We welcome the news that our Christmas Appeal is again being supported by UK Aid Match, which will double the amount raised, helping us to support people living in poverty."
Appeal will save lives
International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt said:
“Conflict can leave many families in desperate need, often without enough food and water. Since famine was declared in South Sudan earlier this year, the UK has played a leading role in the vital humanitarian response, including giving food assistance to over half a million people.
“Christian Aid’s Enough for Everyone appeal will provide lifesaving nutrition programs to thousands more people still facing the reality of food insecurity, transforming the lives of malnourished women and children in South Sudan.”
Christian Aid partner organisation SPEDP (Support for Peace and Education and Development Programme) is providing cash vouchers to people struggling with acute malnutrition so they can buy essential food in local markets to help their families recover.
What your donation will do
Your donation could help Christian Aid prevent many thousands of unnecessary deaths from malnutrition. Just £5 could provide a cash voucher to provide enough food for a family for four days, and £150 could provide ten families with fishing gear to provide food rich in protein.
Donations made to the Christmas Appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million. We will use your donations for projects such as those featured. The UK Government’s match will fund our work in South Sudan.