Children holding their meals in South Sudan

South Sudan

Mary’s Meals feeds approximately 86,838 children every school day in South Sudan!

Published on

Where we work

South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa which shares borders with six neighbouring countries including Ethiopia to the east, Sudan to the north, Uganda and Kenya to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic.  

South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation when it gained independence from Sudan, on 9 July 2011. The current economic climate is making life intolerable for the vast majority of people in South Sudan, with 7.5 million people (about two thirds of the population) identified as being in need of humanitarian assistance. Almost 43% of the population earn below the International Poverty Line ($2.15 per day). 

More than one third of all children under five years old suffer chronic malnutrition, and over 70% of primary school-age children are out of school – the highest figure anywhere in the world and a stark reminder of the need for Mary’s Meals in South Sudan.

bags of grain or wheat lined up for collection

Mary's Meals in South Sudan 

Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in South Sudan since 2008 (originally in Sudan).  

We work with two partners, the Diocese of Rumbek and Mary Help Association.

Together, we are reaching approximately 86,838 children in 133 schools every school day. 

When did we start working in South Sudan?

Mary’s Meals has been supporting children in the Rumbek area of South Sudan (previously Sudan) since 2008.

How many children do we feed in South Sudan?

86,838 children in 133 schools

What meal do we provide?

A typical school meal consists of a grain (maize, sorghum or rice) with beans.

Where are we based/where do we operate?

The Lakes, Warrap and Bahr El Gazhal states.

What is the capital of South Sudan?

The capital city of South Sudan is Juba.

What language(s) are spoken in South Sudan?

English is the official language of South Sudan with more than 60 indigenous languages also spoken.

What currency is used in South Sudan?

South Sudanese pound (SDG).

What is the population of South Sudan?

The population of South Sudan is 11,452,740.