South Sudan

We have been providing Mary’s Meals in South Sudan since 2008.

Our original partner - the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rumbek - delivers food to children in schools in Warrap and the Lakes States. Since October 2021, we have also been working with Mary Help Association who work with remote communities in the northwestern Bahr El Gazhal region.

Continuing conflict in South Sudan has led to an increase in internally displaced people coming into Rumbek, which is now home to thousands of vulnerable people seeking refuge. Mary’s Meals is one of very few organizations providing reliable and consistent feeding programmes at schools in South Sudan.

Life in South Sudan

Persistent conflict has been prevalent in South Sudan since the country gained independence in 2011. The resulting economic crisis has made day-to-day life difficult to endure.

Millions of lives are on a knife-edge and conflict has resulted in a rising number of internally displaced people, putting a strain on food and other essential commodities.

Rumbek in Lakes State is currently hosting thousands of vulnerable people seeking refuge from conflict.

Mary's Meals in South Sudan

We are currently feeding over 86,000 children in 114 schools.

The children we feed are aged between 5 and 13.

A typical school meal consists of maize and beans. 

Did you know?

42% of people are living below the
International Poverty Line of $1.90 per day.

55% – The number of people estimated to have insufficient food intake (rises to 65% in Lakes State).

2.2 million primary age children are out of school in South Sudan.