CAFOD and sister agency, Trócaire, both have a long history of working in South Sudan through church and non-church partners who support vulnerable people in communities.
CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and its sister agency, Trócaire, both have a long history of working in South Sudan through church and non-church partners who support vulnerable people in communities. They have Emergency Food Security, livelihood, peace building, WASH, and Psychosocial Support programs in north-west, north-east and center-south of South Sudan, and therefore depend on airplanes to get their staff to and from those remote areas of the country.
This year, 2019, their focus has been Yirol East in central South Sudan, and staff and assorted freight items have frequently been flying to their base in Yirol either on chartered MAF aircraft or on the shuttle that flies north-west every Wednesday. Recently, Fiona Shanahan, Trócaire, and Mandefro Aynalem, CAFOD Trócaire, went to Yirol on the shuttle to provide practical support to the Yirol team on the Psycho-social Support component of the program. Five days later they returned to Juba on MAF’s four-seater Cessna 182 to get safely back to the head office in Juba.
Together CAFOD and Trócaire promote justice and peace and work toward uplifting the living condition of the most vulnerable members of the community through integrated, layered and sequenced support such as provision of improved and locally adaptable seeds and assorted farming tools, community based psychosocial support, GBV case management, supply of water, and hygiene and sanitation promotion, emergency food distribution, and by providing essential household goods to people who have been displaced by fighting.
Story and photos by Thorkild Jørgensen