Concern was alerted to the needs of this county earlier this year, however, with access being restricted, was not able to conduct the necessary assessments before this time. In April 2019, Concern was able to gain access and conducted a field mission along with ZOA, LCED, ARD. Further missions were later conducted by Concern on its own with Focus Groups being organized in Mugwo on the needs of the community. Based on this FGD and discussions with leaders in Mugwo, the detailed needs assessments (shelter to shelter) were scheduled and conducted on the 15th – 27th July, 2019.
SNFI team had more than 2 meetings with community representatives to inform about the process and receive feedback from the community
Empowered community members
SNFI interventions have community involvement at its core and engage members in all activities from verification of beneficiaries to construction.
Adjusted the intervention because of community feedback, thus far
SNFI interventions are right sized to the requirements of the community and adjusted as necessary to fit the actual circumstances on ground
The distribution was held in Pibor County Jonglei state, in Langsoto Boma. The distributions were as a result of the assessments conducted by HDC and CIDO for S/NFI and DRC and Voice of peace for protection and GBV in February/March and verification exercise carried out by Intersos and HDC in May 2019. The distribution was organized in Pibor Langso to Boma which is 2 and half hours walk from Ngapul Boma of Verteth. The beneficiaries were mobilized to walk to the distribution site as the rains had cut-off means to reach them in Verteth.
The conflict affected IDPs are living in temporary shelters (tukuls) made out of soft grass and plastic sheet, which make them very vulnerable to the weather conditions like rains. Some of them indicated that when it’s raining they will have to stand all night. A few had old plastic sheets which they said that were provided by their relatives or the host community. They indicated that the land where they have settled was provided by their relatives, the host community and the church.
The assessment team comprises of Eight (8) Inter-Agency Working Group Members namely, CARE International, Plan International, FAO, WFP, INTERSOS, NCA, Health Link South Sudan, The Eye of Mercy South Sudan, and Brac South Sudan representing the following Clusters – Protection (GBV, Child Protection and General Protection), Health, Food Security and Livelihood, Shelter/NFIs, and Nutrition. The team moved in four (5) vehicles availed by FAO, WFP, Plan International, INTERSOS, and NCA.
Lasu Payam has very market which operates only twice in a week, which limited foodstuff and basic NFI items. Secondly, the population’s purchasing power is intensely affected.
According to household interviews, 90% of host community support themselve through agricultural activistes or Communial farming and whereas, returnees & IDPs support themselves mainly by borrowing from the host community households and sharing household items especially Saucepans and food.