Meet Nyaduol Luok, a brave mother of three, who was forced to leave Kuerguine Payam in Unity State due to the devastating floods in 2022. She now resides in Thoan with her husband, but her children live with her sister in Kenya, with hopes of providing them better opportunities for the future.
Posted on 21 Nov 2023
Life in the camps is challenging, and Nyaduol relies on WFP dry rations for survival. Before the flood, she practiced animal husbandry but lost her animals and home when the floods hit her village. With hope, she joined a Farmer Field School established by DRC through the USAID-funded project, Complimentary Action for Resilience Building (CARB).
Nyaduol is just one of the thirty enthusiastic community members who actively participate in the Farmers Field School in Thoan Camp in Bentiu, where she gained valuable skills and training.
Through the CARB project, she has learned about permaculture techniques and climate-resilient regenerative agriculture.
DRC provided the male and female farmers with vegetable seeds and agricultural tools to get a strong start.
Thanks to her newfound expertise and commitment, Nyaduol has emerged as a remarkable leader within the Farmers Field School. As a team leader, she guides and inspires a group of passionate farmers to transform their challenging reality through productive farms.
With her guidance, these dedicated individuals are working tirelessly to overcome the obstacles they face and create a sustainable and thriving environment for themselves and their fellow camp residents.
Each morning, Nyaduol awakens with a vibrant energy, fully prepared to embrace the challenges of tending to her agricultural endeavors. She collects her equipment with optimism that propels her unwavering determination to effect positive change.
Nyaduol hopes for a brighter future
As a team leader, Nyaduol strives to create an inclusive and supportive environment at the Farmer Field School.
She ensures that every member has access to the necessary resources and knowledge to cultivate their plots of land.
Together, they share their experiences, exchange ideas, and experiment with innovative sustainable farming, mixed with the latest agricultural practices introduced by the project.
Nyaduol previously relied on a generator to extract water from The Nile, which was situated 100 meters away from her farm.
However, this method proved to be financially burdensome. Following her encounter with Bichar Yuanis, an Economic Recovery Officer from DRC, Nyaduol received assistance in the form of a foot-operated treadle pump.
This intervention resulted in a remarkable transformation for her farm. Her production levels have soared, and her weekly income has jumped from 8,000 to an impressive 12,000 South Sudanese Pounds.
Now Nyaduol sends money to her sister in Kenya every month to pay tuition for her children. She is able to take care of herself and even save up for the next challenge when it comes.
Nyaduol says, she has become more resilient through agriculture and hopes for a brighter future with the skills she has acquired.
Nyaduol now harvests and sells her crops, ensuring a steady income for her family. Her success not only contributes to household food security but also enhances their overall income.
Complimentary Action for Resilience Building (CARB).
The Complimentary Action for Resilience Building (CARB) project is funded by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).
This project is currently implemented in South Sudan through a consortium with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as the led partner. Alongside NRC, other partners in the consortium include International Rescue Committee (IRC), ACTED, REACH and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
The DRC is responsible for implementing the project in specific target areas within South Sudan. These include Unity state, specifically Rubkona and Guit counties, as well as WBEG state, which encompasses Wau and Jur River counties. These locations have been identified as priority areas for intervention by DRC.
The primary objective of this project is to address the pressing issue of food and nutrition security for communities that have been severely affected by conflict and are considered vulnerable.
The ultimate goal is to enhance the resilience of these communities, enabling them to better cope with and overcome future shocks and challenges.
Through the provision of support and the implementation of strategic measures, the project aims to ensure that these communities are equipped with the necessary tools to effectively handle any adversities they may encounter in the future.
With Support from
United States Agency for International Development