Staying the course in challenging times
The ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by civil war continues to make our work in South Sudan challenging. Light for the World trains its partners, Community-Based Rehabilitation workers, members of other NGOs and UN agencies in gender-sensitive, disability-inclusive emergency aid and shares its experiences with other international and local partners.
Through our flagship programme Sports for Peace, we managed to reduce internal violence within the Mahad IDP camp near Juba significantly by getting youth from different ethnic groups involved in an ongoing community-building project.
In all, 15,452 people received rehabilitation services and accessed inclusive projects in 2016.
Nodding syndrome: battling an enigmatic illness
Together with local partners and Community-Based Rehabilitation professionals, Light for the World has supported people with Nodding Syndrome for over nine years as part of its disability interventions. We have been working to strengthen the sharing of research, and the implementation of holistic approaches to support communities affected by the disease. To increase the support for affected populations, Light for the World draws on its organisational expertise in disability inclusive development and Neglected Tropical Diseases like onchocerciasis, which we have been battling through drug distribution programmes for decades.
As long as the exact cause of the illness remains unknown, Light for the World will be concentrating on raising awareness and working with families of Nodding Syndrome patients through outreaches and support with medication, adaption of homes, treatment in local hospitals, school enrolment, and vocational training.
Working with the deaf community
Together with our partners, we published the first South Sudanese sign language dictionary, containing 200 basic signs of everyday topics such as family, education, food and drinks, as well as cities and state names. Over the past three years, Light for the World coordinated the process of recording the new official sign language together with local and international actors. Representatives of the Deaf Communities were at the heart of the process. The dictionary is a historic milestone. Our goal is to expand this collection of signs and codification continuously and to capture other areas of life. 320 people who are deaf or hard of hearing benefitted from our programme work in 2016.