South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 after 50 years of war, dividing Sudan into North and South. It is currently the newest nation on earth.
Nearly 50% of South Sudanese are under the age of 14 and 17% of these children have been orphaned by war. We started our work in South Sudan in 2012 to help prepare repatriated youth to be future leaders and educators. With orphaned youth coming across the border after South Sudan gained independence in 2011, we anticipated some of the needs they would face returning to a new nation without parents, education, or means to survive.
Through local partnerships, we began caring for these children by providing food, education, discipleship, and basic medical treatment.They are the most valuable resource of this new nation and our desire is to make available all the opportunities that discipleship and good education afford.
Through the help of generous donors, invaluable volunteers, and your prayers, we have been able to reach these once forgotten youth. Empowering them by increasing their value of life, and raising them as leaders who will strengthen the nation of South Sudan through the innovation and creativity of their individual dreams. Our vision is to help unlock the youngest generation of South Sudanese from the instability of war and poverty and to release them into their God-given destinies.
In 2013, our team was caught in the middle South Sudan’s most current civil war. After a political struggle for power erupted into a deadly ethnic war, we were faced with the reality of living in a war zone. It was on our doorstep. Through bullets and mortars, we, along with our missionaries, staff and children were able to reach safety.
Since that time, Keeping Hope Alive South Sudan has nearly doubled in the size of its efforts. We now provide food, shelter, education and basic medical care for more than twenty children through the help of the local church. We seek to build a larger facility, so that none would be turned away.
Our Efforts Include: