South Sudan news, prayer requests, stories from the field, and updates on all things Seed Effect from our team and partners.

Lemonade and Headbands for South Sudan

When Anna Lee was 7 just  years old, her grandmother taught her how to sew. She had heard about women in South Sudan who were also seamstresses and who needed a sewing machine to start a business to make money to care for their children. So she asked her mom if she could have a “Lemonade and Headband Stand” to raise money to empower these women. Her parents encouraged her generosity and she got to work making signs and headbands to sell. With each sale, she advocated for the Seed Effect clients and raised over $325 to empower the women of South Sudan! Her mom says—‘It was ...

It’s Official! Seed Effect Uganda is LIVE!

Seed Effect Savings Group

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 ...

Myth #3 – Refugees Only Need Aid

As we’re preparing to launch our program in the refugee camps in northern Uganda, we’re unpacking 3 Myths about Refugees: Myth #1: Refugee = Emergency Myth #2: There’s a Permanent Solution And now, Myth #3: Refugees only need aid. As we learned from Myth #1, most often refugee crises are more than emergencies—they are protracted crises.  Thus, we need a long-term strategy to support refugees beyond the initial emergency.  But what should that long-term strategy be? Let’s start by taking a deeper look at what the research says about the existing, aid-based approaches for ...

Myth #2 – There’s a Permanent Solution

South Sudan’s refugee crises is now the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.  So we’ve pivoted to bring the same empowerment  to the South Sudanese in a new environment. But first, we’re unpacking 3 Myths About Refugees. If you missed the first post, you can go here to catch up. Today, the second myth we’re challenging is that there’s a permanent solution available for refugees. Having no personal experience as refugees, it’s common for us to think that there are easy solutions to get refugees to a permanent home. But unfortunately most refugees living in prolonged exile ...

Myth #1: Refugee = Emergency

We’ve experienced the tragic impact of displacement first hand as the South Sudanese, the people we’ve served for the last eight years, have been forced from their homes due to renewed war.  As the war has escalated over the last nine months, it has become the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. When you hear the word refugee, what do you think? Do you see a raft of refugees feeling violence or miles of tents providing temporary shelter? I do. I think of an emergency. I think of starving people needing immediate, emergency aid. But this is only a small piece of the story. In ...


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