About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 37 million people live in Sudan
Nearly half of Sudan’s population lives below the poverty line
35% of children younger than 5 are stunted
(Sources: The World Bank and World Food Program)
Ongoing conflict and climate challenges have contributed to Sudan’s continued struggles in income, food security and other quality-of-life indicators. Sudan ranked 171 of 187 countries in the United Nations’ 2013 Human Development Index. The country lost 75% of its oil revenue with the separation of South Sudan in July 2011, and its economy shrank 4.4% the following year. Food security remains fragile, and floods in August and September 2013 further stressed hundreds of thousands of people.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Sudan is the first country where the Islamic Relief family of organizations provided relief, responding to famine in 1984. Islamic Relief USA has provided humanitarian aid in Sudan as permitted by U.S. law. Responding to the recent flood emergency, Islamic Relief USA donors are providing comprehensive humanitarian relief.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the programs that Islamic Relief has supported in Sudan:
INTEGRATED PROJECT FOR WIDOWS AND ORPHANS IN BLUE NILE
This program will provide training for small enterprise management and development, as well loan applications, screening, disbursement and repayment. Another component will improving educational access by constructing and equipment classrooms, providing learning materials, establishing school health programs, providing recreational facilities, and training teachers and PTA members. Finally, this project will include child protection awareness campaigns, the establishment of youth groups, and training programs on life skills.
INTEGRATED EMERGENCY SUPPORT TO FLOOD AFFECTED POPULATIONS
In the wake of destructive flooding, Islamic Relief USA donors helped chlorinate water, build latrines and helped families meet their food needs. Cash-for-work initiatives also provided a source of income, and this project helped improve health in the affected areas.
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION