HDC Staff Visit Mother of Newborn Triplets!

Monday November 9, 2015

Triplets in South Sudan

Extreme poverty and want have a way of turning even the greatest blessings into immense burdens. Last week, staff and management of the Humanitarian and Development Consortium responded to an urgent request for help on FM radio. A poor woman, the wife of a lowly public service official had been blessed with triplets!

Normally a cause for great celebration, the collapse in the value of the South Sudanese pound, as well as the great expense of satisfying three infants demands for milk made this blessing a greater burden than this couple could carry alone.

The widespread, public response to the case demonstrated the persistence of good neighbourliness, solidarity and generosity among South Sudanese people, even in an environment in which most people are adversely affected by the difficult economic conditions and the erosion of income value due to price inflation.

HDC staff, led by Executive Director Deng Yuott and Head of Operations Ruth Kessio visited the mother - one of a polygamous household - at her house. Showing great hospitality and strength in spite of her ordeal, she explained the pile of costs that the birth of the triplets had brought, as well as how the shift in economic conditions had put even basic shop products out of their reach as a family. She was grateful for the good health of her babies and for the warmth and attention of strangers.

HDC staff gave the family baby diapers and milk formula as well as a cash grant. Even outside of our programmes, we believe that basic human support, caring for one another in times of need is essential as we imagine and together build a new South Sudan.

2.2 m
persons displaced across South Sudan since December 2013
HDC works in camps to provide food, shelter, livelihoods and protection services
The mission of HDC is to support vulnerable people affected by crises to attain dignified and prosperous lives through impactful community resilience and practical, innovative programs.
HDC is honoured to partner with
DanChurch Aid, CARE South Sudan, CARE Netherlands, Government of The Netherlands
HDC has been an
active national NGO in East Africa for ten-years
– a clear track record of strong commitment to the communities we serve.
Last year HDC
worked with over 30,000 people in need across South Sudan.
is honoured to partner with many organizations,
According to UNICEF, 72%
of children in South Sudan did not have access to school last year.
A girl in South Sudan
is 2X less likely to have access to education than a boy.
Today in South Sudan
less than 1% of girls will complete their education.
of people in South Sudan have access to sanitation facilities
HDC constructs sanitary facilities and conducts advocacy interventions that endorse better hygiene practices
2 million
South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)
5.1 million people
are facing severe food insecurity today (IPC)
2.4 m
face severe food insecurity due to displacement and adverse climate
HDC supports improved resilience and productivity by distributing seeds, inputs and implements
1.9 million people
are displaced in South Sudan (OCHA)