In 2017 5000 internally displaced peoples (IDPs) were received by Archbishop Moses DengBol at the Diocese of Wau Good Shepherd Cathedral. They were moved to the make-shift Hai Masna IDP Camp some three months later where they still live today, joined by many more people fleeing violence and the destruction of their homes.
At the time of our visit in January 2018 some 5,783 IDPs lived at the Camp, and 500 more had arrived the previous week. The conditions at the camp are dire. Rations are near-starvation, and there are none for the new people that arrive every day.
The conditions at the camp are dire. Rations are near-starvation, and there are none for the new people that arrive every day. Non-food items are not provided, and clothing, utensils, tools to work and seeds to grow food and sanitary are desperately needed.
There is no security, fencing or light to control crime. Sanitation and latrine management is appalling. People dream of returning home but they lack the means to rebuild what has been destroyed.
This project will establish a sustainable facility to enable and promote food security, self-sufficiency, better health and increased household income of IDPs at Hai Masna Camp. Fertile virgin land with surface water is available within the camp boundaries by the river, ideal for the creation of vegetable gardens. With basic training and materials, camp residents can grow their own fresh food and sell surplus for income, saving for their return home. The project objectives are to: