Food Security & Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) is one of the main thematic program for CARD given the situation in the country South Sudan, The country is facing food insecurity seriously, and this exists as a result of physical unavailability of food, lack of social / economic access to adequate food and inadequate food utilisation and political instability. CARD has identified this area as major concern and embraces food and nutrition security as priority and the central concept and applies a right-based approach to improve food and nutrition security for all.

CARD in view to improve community’s living standard and economic system undertake agribusiness with serious it deserve, through provision of  inputs, seeds, fertilisers , training, financing, equipment to the farmers that are to be used in production. Target groups are community (self-help) groups, farmers groups, with equal participation of diverse interest groups, such as men, women and youth. Target households are especially small holders and female farmers, ethnic minorities and resettled IDPs (returnees). The themes are Food and Nutrition Security, Fair and Sustainable Economic Development, Reduced prevalence and severity of poverty and increased food security for conflict affected people, poor and vulnerable group of people. Organisation aim to improve lives of vulnerable groups with economic empowerment both women, men and their families in order to increase their income and resources and improvement of Food Security through better access to food and enhanced nutrition. As such capacity building of local communities become important for project sustainability.

  • Community Capacity Building.

CARD strategical planned to build capacity of target groups with relevant skills in business, agriculture, economic empowerment and entrepreneur in order to Increase their Incomes. The aim here is to enhance effective stakeholder’s participation and their level of involvement in the project, by empowering them so that they are able to decide and take active responsibility of their own lives and assume the responsibility to shape their own development destiny

This community empowerment will increase their level of participation in all developmental activities; it will allow them to increase the purchasing power in the market, as well as enable them to enjoy basic services, to enhance livelihood opportunities and to foster the dignity that goes with the social and economic status. Ultimately, this will help to alleviate poverty as far as able them to have knowledge on human rights, social issues that affect them and the possibility to exercise these rights through awareness raising and lobbying.  In addressing food insecurity and human right, the organisation will also create an awareness on environmental protection and plantation.

  • Environmental Protection.

CARD is Christian based organisation it values and philosophies are derived from it Christian values, hence it work within the system environmental framework which ensure the enhancement of environmental sustainability. As Christian organisation it obey this scripture.  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” Psalm 24:1 this particular chapter is awakening  and reminding to all Christians, that this earth is Lord’s produce and everything in it belong to Him so let no man destroy it.

Therefore, CARD’s activities on agricultural practices are such that they do not deplete soils, but on the contrary contribute to improvement of soil fertility. Climate change is taken into account by integrating adaptation measures in the agricultural practices.

  • Financial sustainability.

In improving vulnerable group’s lives, organization strategizes on diversification agriculture production, such as introduction of vegetable production will increase their income generating activities round homestead food production that includes both plant and animal sources. Financial sustainability of the food systems is built in from the beginning by saving and credit schemes in communities as well as strengthening and training farmer groups for a better (negotiation) position with the government and the market. A good balance is sought between production for consumption and for cash for other needs. Together with proper stocking this will offset the risks of strong price fluctuations. Furthermore social sustainability CARD guaranteed it by strengthening communities and community groups that develop joint plans taking into account needs and rights of others, thus preventing conflicts over use and distribution of resources and income.

 

  1. Emergency Relief Food Assistance to Vulnerable Group and People with Disability (Protection)

CARD under food Security and Livelihood Thematic program take different approach in Emergency Relief food Assistance, the organization is dealing or supporting particular vulnerable group and people with disabilities, these group include, elderly, pregnancy women, Lactating mothers, orphans and people with disabilities.  CARD aim to support these group of people with nonfood items and food.  To realize these CARD has developed below goal and objectives

 

  1. Education Thematic Programs.

Decades of neglect and years of civil war has left the country with a shattered infrastructure, and largest of young people have never had an opportunity of schooling. The situation is made worse due to  ongoing conflict in the country particular to children who have never had chance to learn are now finding it more difficult to learn, due to lack of school facilities, economic constraints, conflict in the areas.

Children who are the  majority their needs in most case are not taking care of  with seriousness it deserves, in spite the fact that in any problem occur they are the one being subjected to all sort of circumstances such as child labor, child soldier, child abused, deny child right to educate. And for any country to develop  education play big role not only in  peace building but also infrastructure , economic improvement living standard, healthily,  these are some  of compelling cases of which CARD has taken education as one thematic areas of it intervention, to restore peace in the country and transform lives of vulnerable. To achieve this CARD has developed Goals and specific objectives and strategic plan in the home page

 

  1. Peace and Development  Program

Peace and Development is one of the thematic program for CARD’s priority to enhance sustainable community development in the country. South Sudan is one of the worse country in history in term of destruction of psychically infrastructures, loss of lives due to the long civil war & tribal conflict, unstable political wrangles.  There is need to restore the region which had been severely devastated: politically, peacefully, socially, educationally, psychologically, economically, and spiritually and infrastructural as the area was experiencing great loss of assets due to militia attacks, looting, and destruction and rid to villages.  Delivering services to spout of South Sudan people affected by war in term of emergency services, rehabilitation, promotion of peace and reconciliation of people or development boosting.   CARD alarmed by the fact that there is vital need to give confidence and work towards building people to people and restoring hopes, bringing reconciliation, promoting peace building at grassroots level between the communities of Bahr el Ghazal  region with their neighboring communities in different regions with the aims of eventually building trust and peaceful co-existence between the communities. View goal and objectives in home page.

 

  1. Economic Empowerment Program.

Economic empowerment is thematic areas in which organization prioritized for  lives transformation by  raising people’ living level through initiating income generating activities projects, provide agriculture inputs for  quality products to farmers, introducing entrepreneurship skills,  training farmers on agribusiness skills,  educating people  with relevant knowledge and skills for economic growth and job creation.

Creating better environment that allow communities to growth their self-esteem through the establishment of social, political and economic system and institutions which promote human right, dignity and respect.

 Introduction of micro credit which is the backbone of any growing sector of the economy will add value since it is one of the vital prerequisite for the farmers, which facilitate them to meet the investment.

Increasing support for small-scale farmers to access credit and extension services through supporting the formation of co-operatives will improve their living standard and enhance them to establish initiatives that create wealth while ensuring traditional based IGA are not exploitative. Please see our goal and objectives in home page.

 

  1. Water, Hygiene & sanitation (WASH) Program

Water, Hygiene & Sanitation is one of the thematic program CARD had implemented many times in different areas. The organization has seen the need for this program is high almost over half the population don’t have access to safe drinking water and lack adequate sanitation. As a result, many people, particularly children, suffer from water-borne diseases such as diarrhea. More than 80% of all preventable illnesses in South Sudan are related to inadequacy of water supply, poor sanitation and poor hygiene.

 Lack of access to safe water reinforces poverty. Sick children do not go to school and perform poorly in their studies. Parents lose the opportunity to earn income and contribute to society while looking after sick children.

Women and children suffer most through poor sanitation and hygiene. Water is essential for sustaining life and access to clean and safe drinking water is a fundamental need and a human right.

Unfortunately South Sudan is one of the worst health levels in the world, access to clean water and sanitation services is a huge problem in the country and a large contributor to health conditions. The increment of internally displaced people adds to the challenge already on the ground. Since South Sudan is prone to numerous shocks that can rapidly deteriorate the situation of an already very vulnerable population are in need of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are scare. Both residents and IDPs have limited access to clean and safe drinking water and hygiene/sanitation.

Clean safe drinking water is an immediate and critical need to keep people alive and prevent illness and the spread of diseases. These burdens have subjected women and children to poor health and many indignities. As such CARD systematically and strategical plan to continue supporting this project across the region look at goal, objectives, strategies in home page.

 

  1. Mission and Evangelism

Christian Action for Relief and Development-CARD is indigenous Christian Based development organization of the Episcopal Church of the South Sudan Diocese of Wau & Northern Bahr el Ghazal Internal Province. The organization mission and vision are derived from God’s mission to proclaim the good news to the poor “ disciple  them for God services to transform God’s people  and the world through and mission & evangelism program. CARD is not immune to relief and development (meeting physical needs alone) we are holistic in nature in that we offers diverse development programs based on community needs and within the context but more importantly we proclaim  God’s  Word to  the people  we serve. We believe that no single organization can bring permanent solution to community’s situation except God. He alone can bring real transformation to suffering souls.

As such spiritual transformation and development is one of our core values in which we adhere to it; it’s expected that CARD’s staff develop servant leadership qualities, devote themselves to a daily life of loving and humanity as faithful and humble servant of God to serve people with dignity and respect. While at the same time share the good news to the poor.  We believe this once spiritual food and physical food are met then expect the real transformation can happen. Lack of relationship with God can lead to worship thing like idolatry which in most case in some communities are link to cause of poverty in Africa. In some communities money and valuable times are being waste on charm for protection and time is lost to feast days, everything is blame on gods, curse, this kind of believe contributed to poverty not only spiritual poverty but even physical poverty.

Hence, lack of knowledge about God and the good news of Jesus Christ can be disaster on the nation. CARD view spiritual poverty as serious matter though undermine by some fellow development agencies it matter particular when broken relationship with neighbour and God is deeper, it result into deception by principalities of this world  and  powerless and inadequacy in the world view. From this background we see important of sharing the good news to the poor and provide physical need as well are most important in community development.

 

  1. Training and Development.

CARD aim for training and development is aim to increase the knowledge and skills of personnel for a define purpose and to contribute to development of the organizations. The training of this kind is designed to help to prepare employees both old and new for promotions to new position which may require new skill and knowledge.  CARD training and development is also planned to increase productivity, through training staff to increase their level of performance on their present job assignment that will enhance to improve quality.

CARD also do training to achieve staff personal growth and develop their career-Centre in the nature and to develop their competence and skills for future performance. Please see our goal and objectives and strategic plans for training in home page.

 

  1. Stakeholder’s Engagement.

CARD view stakeholder engagement as an important factors to enhance project ownership, sustainable programs and to avoid implementing irrelevant project. It is true that an effective stakeholder require   community empowerment to build community capacity to decide and take active responsibility of their own lives and enable them to assume the responsibility to shape their own destiny. CARD strategical planned to do this to both individual and collective, social political process that leads them to action and change.

Community empowerment in this sense is key to sustainable community’s development programmes when communities are empowered they are enabled to take charge of their own development projects, make their own choices and own decisions in what affect them. Stakeholder engagement and empowerment go hand in hand, when community are empowered and  engagement in the community programs their participation in the project become very powerful and can tap into the collective knowledge and wisdom of residents and contributes positively to build more connected, harmonious and resilient  communities.

It also result to durable solutions to communities problems, it also makes them own the process and feel being recognized as human beings. Community  engagement is the pillar of sustainable community development projects, it help to understand issues from community perspective and act on the needs or issues that the community experiences, though enhance the spirit of ownership, sense of dignity. To achieve this CARD developed goal and objectives for this in home page.

 

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation.

To ensure Organization’s goals, objectives are on the right track or there is need for improvement. CARD  will always  develop verifiable indicators for every projects .These measurable indicators will services as determinant for both implementing partners and donors to determine if the projects  is doing well and its worth continuing.  We believe that M&E provides information for planning and highlights good practices as well as validation of new approach and clarify aims and objectives of particular projects being achieved.

The aim of monitoring and evaluation is to provide to implementing partners and stakeholders with better means for learning from past experiences, improving services delivery, planning and allocating resources and demonstrating results as part of accountability to key stakeholders.

And of course for efficiency, effectiveness and access impact of the program to ensure that resources are used efficiently, and to clarify objectives, Identifies gaps in provision, set up standard and provides quality control.

CARD is guiding by frameworks and indicators for M & E among are stakeholder’s participation in monitoring and evaluation.  The logical frame-work approach for each project, results oriented approach, understanding indicators, selecting indicators and setting targets, using core and comparable indicators and key message. Logo on home page for goals and objectives