Norwegian Church Aid in Sudan
- Presence established: 1971
- Funds used in 2015: 67.1 million NOK
Norwegian Church Aid has worked in Sudan since 1972 in long-term development and relief. An estimated 2.2 million people in Central and South Darfur and West and South Kordofan have accessed clean drinking water and safe sanitation and hygiene and health services over the past four years.
Norwegian Church Aid currently delivers humanitarian services on water, sanitation and hygiene, economic empowerment and health to improve the lives of the Sudanese people.
In Darfur, Norwegian Church Aid has introduced environmentally friendly sustainable solar energy pumps to replace traditional diesel generator operated systems. Twenty four solar systems are currently in service in Central and South Darfur states.
Conflict and instability have led to a lack of basic infrastructure such as a clean water supply. The dry climate makes water scarcity a major problem. Women and girls walk up to 10km in semi-arid areas and water-borne diseases remain a leading cause of death among children. Norwegian Church Aid works with communities to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, as well as raising awareness on the importance of hand washing and waste management. In South Kordofan, three out of four water wells are not functioning. Our most cost effective solution is to rehabilitate water schemes that have broken down. We also invest in forming strong water committees, partnering with local government, and training mechanics to perform repairs so that water schemes continue to serve people in the long-term.
During the past four years, 37,804 women received prenatal and postnatal care from qualified nurses and midwives in a safe and clean environment.
The distinct shortage of skilled health workers and non-functional health facilities in Darfur and Kordofan has resulted in inadequate access to health care for large parts of the population. Our country portfolio includes programmes that aim to reduce maternal and child mortality and increase access to primary health care services to people in Central, East and South Darfur and in South Kordofan. Together with our partners, we rehabilitate and construct health facilities, and train medical personnel and midwives. We provide supplementary feeding programmes, vaccinations, health and nutrition education, awareness campaigns on harmful practices, and promote hygiene and sanitation.
Displacement has limited peoples’ access to land and disrupted farming which is the main source of livelihood. Our recent survey indicates that 32% of the people in South and Central Darfur face moderate to severe hunger. We work to reverse this situation through diversifying agricultural production for household food consumption, improving employment opportunities by providing training in marketable skills, and helping families to save for the future through community-based saving and credit schemes.
Every year, we provide humanitarian assistance for more than 500,000 conflict-affected people in Central and South Darfur and Kordofan.
More than four million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the conflict in the Western Region of Darfur. The continued conflict is resulting in new internally displaced people every year. Since 2004 when the crisis escalated, Norwegian Church Aid has provided relief to internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities. The programme was established in South and West Darfur states as a joint response between the two global networks of Christian humanitarian aid agencies, ACT Alliance and Caritas Internationalis. It remains one of the largest operations in Darfur.
Norwegian Church Aid works together with civil society organisations and faith communities and will continue to strengthen and develop their capacity. To enable communities to better prepare and respond to emergencies, we help facilitate the establishment of local grassroots organisations, such as Disaster Risk Reduction Committees. Norwegian Church Aid in Sudan also closely coordinates emergency work through UN OCHA-led interagency joint assessment missions and is a member of the Return Working Group.