Providing emergency household items to internally displaced and host families in South Sudan

By Corrie Butler, IFRC

In a small village in Aweil East, South Sudan, Along Kuan Kuan sits on a bright-coloured mat in the centre of her thatched-roof home, preparing sorghum. For Along, a returnee from Sudan, this is the first time in two days her and her eight children will eat. She places a cooking pot next to her other utensils on top of her new, make-shift table – a long, cardboard box, labelled South Sudan Red Cross.

Packed, loaded and delivered by Red Cross volunteers, each emergency shelter and household kit includes 11 essential items: tarp; mats; blankets, mosquito nets; a jerry can; bucket; cooking pots and utensils; as well as hygiene items, including soap, water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts.

“I am so happy I can use the cooking utensils. When I received the kit, I quickly went out to get food so I could prepare this meal – tonight we eat,” smiles Along, checking on her baby who is sleeping soundly on the soft blanket from the emergency household kit next to her.

The household kit includes everything a family needs to enhance family food security and resilience. By providing these items, families can focus on reallocating their resources to what they need most right now – food.

“I am so happy I can use the cooking utensils. When I received the kit, I quickly went out to get food so I could prepare this meal – tonight we eat,” 

smiles Along.

For the first time in almost two days, Along and her family will eat.

Responding as one Red Cross

Along is one of 30,000 people in this area who have received emergency shelter and household kits by the South Sudan Red Cross, with the support of the IFRC, ICRC and Red Cross Movement partners. This is in response to widespread conflict and natural disasters that have had devastating impacts on the economy, livelihood activities and agricultural production, undermining people’s ability to feed their families. Many populations have been uprooted, forced to flee their homes to seek safety.

“Each and every component – the South Sudan Red Cross, IFRC, ICRC and Red Cross Societies around the world – has a comparative advantage,” says John Lobor, Secretary General for the South Sudan Red Cross. “If you put all of our resources and energy together, we will be able to address the key issues facing the communities here.”

Red Cross is supporting some of the most remote and vulnerable communities, impacted by disaster and conflict, including those internally displaced, returnees, host families, women, children and the elderly. By the end of 2018, the South Sudan Red Cross with the support of IFRC, ICRC and partners, will help 105,000 people with essential household items, livelihood and agricultural opportunities to enhance family’s food security and resilience to future emergencies. Household items and livelihood activities are complemented with other critical humanitarian interventions, including water and sanitation, community-based health services and psychosocial support.

Learn more about the operations here