It’s Official! Seed Effect Uganda is LIVE!

After months of hard work, we launched the first Seed Effect savings groups in the Uganda refugee camps surrounding Adjumani and Moyo and we’ll be continuing to grow. We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the South Sudanese as they rebuild their lives in the camps. And we’re excited to also announce that over the next few months, we’ll be further expanding our reach into the local Ugandan community as we launch savings groups in the towns as well. Given the incredibly difficult circumstances, here’s what our new savings group ...

War, Refugees, and a New Location

We often say that South Sudan is a hard place to work and 2016 proved to be the most difficult year yet. A failed peace agreement in July gave way to deep instability as war and violence spread throughout the country. Annual inflation soared to over 800%, and hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fled their homes for the safety of the refugee camps in neighboring countries. Uganda alone welcomed almost 500,000 South Sudanese refugees in 2016. As the violence and insecurity escalated over the second half of last year, we were forced to reduce, and eventually suspend, operations at our ...

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We’ve known from the beginning that South Sudan is a hard place to work. That’s why we decided to work there in the first place. Over the last year, fighting has erupted again throughout the country and over one million people have fled their homes as refugees. Inflation has soared to over 800 percent. The reality of the implications of this on our friends in South Sudan is devastating and we are grieving alongside our brothers and sisters. But we remain committed to the hard places and committed to a God who wants to do mighty things in and through each of us. So, when ...

Prayer Requests: War in South Sudan

It’s been a hard week both in Dallas and in South Sudan. On Sunday my church in Dallas gathered to pray for our city and our country at exactly the same time our brothers and sisters in South Sudan were gathered to pray for theirs. I couldn’t stop the flow of tears for my city and for a place thousands of miles away that has also captured my heart. Violence erupted in Juba, South Sudan over the weekend as the country celebrated its 5th independence day. Hopes of the fragile peace deal sticking have been dashed as the media is reporting that the world’s youngest nation is hovering on ...

Empowerment in a Fragile State

While it’s likely not been at the top of your news feeds, it’s no secret that South Sudan’s economy has suffered a serious downturn. “Fighting has cut oil production in half, while crude prices worldwide have collapsed. The South Sudanese pound has lost almost 90 percent of its value, and inflation is skyrocketing.” (source) And while we hope that the world’s newest country may soon be on the brink of peace, the war has taken it’s toll on the economy in South Sudan and as a result, “the incidence of poverty has also worsened, from 44.7% ...

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