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12 Oct 2018 description

New project gives vocational training, education and small business support to 4,400 youth.

"The youth of South Sudan are a huge untapped potential. They must be supported to access job training, employment and businesses opportunities. The EMPOWER project will bring new opportunities to thousands of youth that are eager to learn, work and build for the future," said Rehana Zawar, Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

22 Sep 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

Pibor was long known as the Wild West of South Sudan because of cattle rustling and age-set fighting. The effects of peace processes supported by FCA have enabled the town’s market to flourish and opened the people’s eyes to livelihood opportunities.

The rays of the evening sun caress the town of Pibor and inhabitants are washing themselves by the river at the end of a hot day. FCA’s finance administrator Moses Ludoru greets passers-by on his evening walk. His easy laughter is contagious.

14 Sep 2018 description

Endorsed by: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA); AVSI; BRAC; CARE; Danish Refugee Council (DRC); Finn Church Aid (FCA); Food for the Hungry; Humanity & Inclusion; Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); Oxfam; Plan; Save the Children; VSO; War Child Holland; Windle International Uganda; World Vision; ZOA

The launch of Uganda's new Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities (ERP) is an opportunity to ensure a better future for hundreds of thousands of children.

20 Apr 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

Donors’ and international investors’ trust in FCA remained strong in 2017.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) spent 38.6 million euros on aid work last year, an increase of 7.5 million from the previous year. The growth in operations was enabled by the increase in international funding and private donations. The effects of the cuts to development cooperation funding by the Finnish government were still felt in 2017, and operations in Haiti had to be discontinued.

02 Mar 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

In South Sudan, the price of food claims people’s lives as well as guns. Hunger staggers society, with people only focused on where to get their next meal.

When you throw a seed in the ground, it grows into a giant mango tree.

This is a saying from South Sudanese Equatoria, the breadbasket of the country. The soil is so fertile that crops grown in the region have fed millions of South Sudanese people. Practically all of South Sudan is a perfect seedbed for produce such as rice, corn, millet, sugar cane, and fruits.

01 Mar 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

The greatest fear of Muja Rose, a refugee from South Sudan, is that her daughter will starve to death. Uganda is at a breaking point in the throes of the biggest refugee crisis in Africa since the Rwanda genocide.

The children were playing when war found the family of 34-year-old Muja Rose in South Sudan.

Government soldiers arrived without warning in their hometown of Kajo Keji. They were immediately caught by surprise by a group of rebels. People were killed and their possessions were looted.

16 Jan 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid and Omnia Education Partnerships Oy offer qualification program for refugees living in Uganda.

From spring 2018 on, refugees in Uganda will have the opportunity to graduate from the Finnish Further Qualification in Entrepreneurship. The qualification program is organized by FCA and Omnia Education Partnerships Oy (OEP) in close cooperation with UNHCR.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

Despite increasing attention to the severe refugee situation in Uganda, the international community has done little to ease the crisis as it reaches a grim milestone. This is what’s going on.

1. Uganda is home to more refugees than any other country in Africa

02 Jun 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

FCA builds temporary learning spaces in South Sudan in order to improve access to quality education for children and youth in Fangak County. Armed conflict and logistical complications, like fuel shortages, have delayed the implementation of the project.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

In Uganda, refugees are immediately granted the right to education and work, says Ugandan Refugee Commissioner David Apollo Kazungu. He is coordinating Uganda’s response to Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

In 2016, more refugees crossed the border to Uganda than crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Their numbers totalled in over one million. Most came from South Sudan, which is where the largest refugee crisis in Africa originates.

31 Mar 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

A vehicle belonging to a national non-governmental organisation fell into a deadly ambush on its way to Pibor in South Sudan on Saturday 25th of March. The incident is a grave attack against aid workers causing calls for investigation.

Six staff members of the South Sudanese humanitarian aid agency GREDO were reportedly killed when their vehicle fell into an ambush last Saturday. The incident occurred in the early morning hours on the road leading from the capital Juba to Pibor town, which is approximately 250 kilometres away.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

People are dying from hunger in South Sudan as more than half of its population suffers from an urgent lack of food. The conflict has forced farmers to abandon their fields, and the cost of basic food commodities increase daily.

Africa’s worst war is entering its fourth year, but the situation only seems to get more dreadful.

A famine threatening a hundred thousand people’s lives was declared in parts of South Sudan in February, and a million more are considered to be at the brink of famine. The situation is described as man-made.

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

22 Sep 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

FCA delivered food aid to thousands of people around South Sudan’s capital Juba. The security situation in the country is dire, and neighbouring Uganda struggles with massive amounts of refugees.

A shortage of food afflicts South Sudan’s capital Juba. Many stores are closed and markets destroyed.

Shopkeepers have quit their jobs because their supplies have been stolen. For what’s left prices have skyrocketed, says Marie Makweri, FCA’s peace coordinator in South Sudan.

13 Jul 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid (FCA) begins humanitarian assistance in South Sudan’s capital Juba, where fighting broke out again last weekend. The 100,000 euros appropriated from FCA’s disaster fund will be allocated to food and water distribution. The work begins immediately.

12 Jul 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

On Monday, different news outlets reported nearly 300 dead in the fighting.

“Most likely the number of victim is much larger than what the international media has reported. Heavy weapons and armoured vehicles are now used in the fighting”, says Mika Jokivuori, FCA Regional Representative for East and Southern Africa.

“The streets were full of heavily armed soldiers and civilians and there were checkpoints everywhere. The situation was extremely tense”, reported FCA’s Peacebuilding Officer Marie Makweri from Juba on Friday.

28 Jun 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

The Adjumani district lies in the north of Uganda, a stone’s throw away from the troubles of South Sudan. It is here where you will find the largest population of South Sudanese refugees, fleeing murder, rape and unconscionable cruelty where even the disabled have been reported to have been burnt alive. However, crossing the border into the relative safety of northern Uganda does not spell the end of the journey for many of these families – especially those that are also caring for disabled children.

27 May 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

Violence between different age groups hangs as a shadow over life in South Sudan. 30-year-old Akim and 26-year-old Korok talk about how their lives are affected By violence.

Text: Satu Helin
Photos: Ville Palonen

The sounds of ringing bells, whistles, shouts and singing interrupt our conversation with peace advisor John Tawan from the South Sudanese government in the town of Pibor.

“Listen, this is what it’s like. Again”, peace advisor Tawan laments.