After decades of civil war in Sudan, 2011 saw the country separate into Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan. A few years later, a political power struggle ensued amidst extreme underdevelopment within the new country. The crisis of governance since independence has contributed to the deterioration of many institutions that should ordinarily serve the needs of the people.
Sowing Seeds of Transformation is an initiative of the Jesuits Eastern Africa Province (AOR). The program aims to develop sustainable livelihoods for local communities by giving them access to holistic education and psycho-social support, enhancing their capacity for peacebuilding and advocacy, and strengthening their learning centers and community-based institutions for more effective services.
AOR, through the support of the Xavier Network, has been running a secondary school, a teacher training college and an agricultural institute since 2018. They have also been conducting vocational training, justice and peace initiatives and pastoral programs. It is their hope that these projects will not only generate opportunities to earn income, but also build hope and resilience among the people of South Sudan. Their programs are open to all people regardless of ethnic or religious background. Their beneficiaries include forcibly displaced people, returnees and local host communities.
Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has been supporting the Jesuits of Eastern Africa Province’s Sowing Seeds of Transformation project for a number of years. The various initiatives have had a positive and life-changing impact on the lives of over a thousand men and a thousand women who have gone through the various training programs in the AOR schools in South Sudan.
Roving Monitor & Evaluations Advisor: Tim Flynn
Irish Jesuit Missions/Xavier Network
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