ACT Appeal Sudan: Relief & Rehabilitation - AFSD-11

Originally published


Appeal Target: US$ 594,749
Geneva, 8 March 2001

Dear Colleagues,

This is the third and final relief appeal to assist the people of Wau who were affected by the severe famine which forced many to converge on Wau town in December 1997. The four camps set up and managed by ACT (NCA and SCC) have now been turned into permanent villages as the people living there are not willing to move from these camps. Since the ACT program began in Wau in 1998 the internally displaced people have achieved better shelter, food security, health services, and education. The activities in this appeal are meant to finalise some of the ongoing relief programs and also prepare the people for the longer term development activities especially in food security if peace and calm is maintained in the area.

The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) therefore, propose to continue assisting the IDPs in Wau in the following sectors:

  • Nutrition
  • Health Care & Medical Inputs
  • Agriculture & Food security
  • Education

Project Completion Date: 31 December 2001.

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested

Total Appeal Target(s)
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd.
Balance Requested from ACT Network

Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:

Account Number - 102539/0.01.061 (USD)
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
Banque Edouard Constant
Cours de Rive 11
Case postale 3754
1211 Genève 3

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

ACT Web Site address:

Ms. Geneviève Jacques
WCC/Cluster on Relations
Thor-Arne Prois
ACT Coordinator
Rev. Rudolf Hinz
LWF/World Service

ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.


  • Sudan Council of Churches (SCC)
  • Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)


Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) is an indigenous ecumenical Christian organisation. It supports the Sudanese churches in developing their spiritual, intellectual and resource capacity. SCC was formed in the 1940’s to bring the churches together to help the spread of the Gospel and render services to the needy. In 1972 the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission was formed to rehabilitate the returnees from the neighbouring countries and the internally displaced people after the Addis Ababa Agreement.

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is an ecumenical relief and development aid organisation. It is based on the values of justice, participation, compassion and peace. NCA has had fifty years of global experience, responding to emergency situations and working on development agendas. NCA played an instrumental role in co-ordinating and implementing ACT’s relief efforts in Wau in 1998/99.

The Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) is one of the major Protestant churches in the Sudan. ECS is a member of the Inter Church Committee - Wau and is providing education for IDP students and conducting a feeding program for these students at its school.

The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is defined as a universal church. RCC in Wau is one of the agencies which was the first to respond to the needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees when they started to flood into Wau town in April 1998. The catholic Church has been extremely active during the past year, providing medical services to the IDP population of Wau via their three clinics and the mobile clinic that travels t the two camps of Baryar and Mariel Ajiith. It has absorbed thousands of IDP children into their existing educational facilities in Wau town, as well as building temporary school classrooms in the above named camps.



The four states which form Bahr el Ghazal have an estimated population of 2.2 million. The semi-nomadic, pastoralist Dinka are the main group while several minor tribes, such as the Fertid and Jur are dependent on agriculture.

Civil war, drought and occasional floods have contributed to the catastrophe. Many people have had to abandon their homes either in search of food or to escape the fighting. Many arrived in Wau, the capital city or neighbouring villages where several NGOs were involved in providing relief to these people.

The IDPs arriving in Wau come from an area where they had very little food and where they had to exist on wild fruit and herbs. Many were starving when they arrived in Wau and many died en route.

The Act-Wau Emergency Project is a joint operation between NCA and SCC. The Project is implemented through local co-operating partners (churches). During the famine and unrest in Bahr el Ghazal an ACT-appeal was launched with very good response.

The Act-Wau Project started its operations in the autumn 1998 during the famine in Bahr el Ghazal.

The ACT-appeal focused not only on the hunger situation but also on the situation for the many that had become internally displaced due to unrest and fighting in the region. The main aim was to feed the hungry and start assisting them in building shelters. Four sites were demarcated for IDP-camps in the outskirts of Wau town.

The Project was extended to December 2000 and it has been funded by donations through Action of Churches Together (ACT) for this period.

The NCA/SCC project concentrates on helping the IDPs.

Action of Churches Together (ACT) has already supported this programme for two years and this appeal will make it 3 years . It is therefor of the greatest importance that other donors can come in to assist the IDPs to further develop their camps, which have turned out to become more like local villages. When IDPs are asked if they want to go back to their home areas, they say they have no place to go and want to remain in the camps.

Even if the harvest had been good this year and they have enough to eat, the need to assist them in developing health and educational services is still an urgent issue which needs to be addressed.

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