During this time of instability all over the world, the situation in South Sudan is no different.
Our partners, Streams of Living Water, run the House of Hope orphanage in Juba, Sudan. It currently houses 47 girls who have lost their families due to conflict. Due to COVID-19, the volunteers who come to cook for the girls and look after their needs can no longer commute to the orphanage. The older girls are now responsible for cooking and looking after the younger ones.
The girls who were all enrolled in a private school are now in lockdown at the orphanage after the school closures and curfew imposed by the Sudanese government on March 22nd.
COVID-19 is an exceptionally big challenge in countries like Sudan, that do not have a strong medical system with the capacity to handle an outbreak if it occurs.
The girls are spending most of the time drawing, coloring, and spending time in worship. Although it is a stressful time for them given the confinement in the orphanage compound and lack of activities. The older girls take time each day to lead all the girls in prayer and worship.