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South Sudan

Photo: Woman in a refugee camp is boiling water in a kettle. Credit: Light for the World

Staying the course in challenging times

The ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to make our work in South Sudan challenging. Light for the World trains its partners, Community Based Rehabilitation workers, members of other NGOs and UN agencies in disability inclusive emergency aid and shares its experiences with other international and local partners. 15,452 people received rehabilitation services and accessed inclusive projects in 2016. 

Our partners also launched the first south sudanese sign language dictionary, containing 200 basic signs of everyday topics such as family, education, food and drinks, as well as cities and state names. Over the past three years, Light for the World coordinated the process of recording the new official sign language together with local and international actors. Representatives of the Deaf Communities were at the heart of the process. The dictionary is a historic milestone. Our goal is to expand this collection of signs and codification continuously and to capture other areas of life. 320 people who are deaf or hard of hearing benefitted from our programme work in 2016.

South Sudan
Map: South Sudan
  • Area: 619,745 km2
  • Population: 11.3 million
  • Life expectancy: 55 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 4
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Malte Fähnders. Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our programmes in South Sudan & Pakistan: Malte Fähnders

+43 1 810 13 00 - 31
m.faehnders [at]

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