What OPRD is all about

 

Organization for Peace, Relief and Development (OPRD)

Organization for Peace, Relief and Development (OPRD) is a Non-Governmental Organization
(NGO), non-profit making and impartial. It wasfounded on 15 August 2010. The Founding members
are South Sudanese who have been inspired by the need to intervene in the deteriorating situation
particularly the misery of the minorities and disadvantaged communities either in rural or urban
areas in the Country. In brief, we aspire to uplift the livelihoods of the rural dwellers as well as
protecting and promoting their basic human rights by providing the essential goods and services
for life.


FOOD SECURITY & LIVELIHOODS

HEALTH/WASH

PEACE BUILDING

EDUCATION

PROTECTION


EDUCATION

OPRD considers education, formal or informal, as one key ingredient for meaningful
development and sustainable prosperity in society as South Sudan. In that respect, one of
the painful realities in many communities in the Country is the poor educational standards
and lack of schools for that matter. Based on the maxim: “Little Education is worse than No
Education”, OPRD observed with trepidation that where physical schools exist, the actual
elements that constitute education are tremendously wanting, for instance, teachers are
often ill equipped or work on a volunteer basis and scholastic materials unavailable; and if,
available – untimely notwithstanding the unresolved problem of harmonization of education
curriculum at the national level. Inadequate learning spaces leaving children attending
classes under trees, lack of nutritional programs for children retarding their growth and
leading to malnutrition ranging from minor to severe and thus affecting education.
We have evidenced-based belief that formal education is relatively expensive and tedious as
long-term than informal. Whereas informal educations entails the rudiments of family or
community institutions, the formal demands procedural, long time-investment and ability
tests or examinations, movements from one level to the other in addition to physical
presence in school. Because school is not-free, it is cost-related, most families must make a
choice including choosing which (if any) of their children will be educated. By and large, boys
against girls are given priority. In some families in communities, girls are expected to marry
and often leave families at very early age (early marriage) thus contributing to future health
problems plus marginal parenting abilities. For instance, OPRD observed that literacy and
illiteracy, which are direct products of formal education, are in this modern day-and-age
equally direct functions that reduce or perpetuate poverty cycle especially in the
peripherized populations in South Sudan.

In this regard, OPRD realizes the fundamental need for tangible community education.
Therefore, OPRD will endeavor to provide basic quality education to children, women and
strategic community leaders in communities through different organized programs as:
(i.) Improve and expand safer education services for children and youth,
(ii.) Enhance the relevance of education and promote learner well-being,
(iii.) Improve the quality of education system management through local education
authorities,
(iv.) Provide rapid response mechanisms that will increase the resilience in times of crisis,
(v.) Provide out of school children, Adult education, and Creative Pastoral Education
Programs (CPEP).
(vi.) Promote girl child school enrolment and retention through provision of Menstrual
Hygiene Management
(vii.) Provision of nutrition program for under 5 children enrolled in the Early Childhood
Development Program.

Truly, OPRD is consciously aware of the need for youth education in some of the most
marginalized communities in South Sudan like the Ŋitopossaa (or the Toposaa People) that it has
mostserved. Demography illustratesthat over half of South Sudanese populace is under eighteen
(18). Since OPRD believes the youth are current leaders; thus, the real youth educational
empowerment is truly inspiring. As such, OPRD has tried to partner with local communities and
appropriate donors to develop opportunities for children and adults to attend schools where
there are none.

RULE OF LAW AND JUSTICE SOCIAL

South Sudan a product of the Sudan has been having incessant violence in the nature of political
turmoil or civil wars that have spawn unfortunately a vicious cycle of hatred, revenge, or
genocide. As a result, many communities in Eastern Equatoria, which is our main operational
zone, live in heightened state of fear, resentment, distrust and violence. Therefore, to address
the issues of ethnicity or tribalism and violence, OPRD works with religious, government and civic
leaders in addition to women and youth with skills in conflict resolution, mediation and peace
building. Specifically, OPRD engages in alternative projects such as stopping cattle rustling,
forgiveness and reconciliation, defense and promotion of human rights, trauma healing and
campaign for social justice. Indeed, we believe as broken relationships are reconciled and wounds
of violent hatred healed through real forgiveness, the cycle of hatred, revenge and violence will
change to beneficial peace and sustained security enjoyed by society.
Truly, OPRD seeks to address dire social injustices that hinder reconciliation, peace and
development in South Sudan society. Accordingly, we intend to empower the population
economically, education, health and employment wise, which we plan to achieve through literacy
campaign, job creation, health education, advocacy for justice and rights of the marginalized.
OPRD will work to restore real hope for communities and for effectiveness we will work
collaboratively with relevant partners in this regard.

FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD

OPRD considers food security key function for desirable livelihood in society. Therefore,
OPRD envisions deliberate engagement in programs and activities that tackle the root
causes of hunger cardinal. Thus, we will proactively address problems of commodity
production, access to factors of production, and generation of income in society. To meet basic
needs of communities within the realm of our operation, OPRD will attempt to bolster
agricultural production, jumpstart local market activities, support micro-enterprise initiatives,
and ensure vulnerable members of communities to sustainable access sources of food and
income.

HEALTH AND SANITATION

OPRD envisions a healthy population for optimal productivity hence better standard of living in
society. Therefore, we will work to improve both human and environmental health situation in
the sphere of our operation. It has to be acknowledged though that this area has some of the
most marginalized communities with dire health and sanitation conditions in the Country.
Diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea cholera, and HIV/AIDS devastate the area.
In addition, OPRD is aware of the bottlenecks created by culture on family planning arrangements
in Kapoeta so much so that discussing it is a taboo. We have observed with concern that
communities here allow women to have as many babies as possible. Consequently, unlucky
women die at alarming rates in and after childbirth. Besides, child marriages result in high infant
mortality sadly in most cases with no systemized records because many mothers deliver outside
designated health facilities or do not seek documentation or parents often wait days or even
weeks to name newly born babies.
In this respect, OPRD recognizes that community elders, leaders and women are key-solutions in
curving the health and hygiene needs of society. As such, OPRD will try to train and provide
capacity to them in these fields. Importantly, they should clearly know their respective role in
bringing about healthy population and hygienic environment for the communities in the areas of
its focus. As a design, we will continue to partner with other organizations interested in these
fields accordingly.

WOMEN, YOUTH AND CHILDREN

Statistically, women, youth and children are more in population than men in South Sudan.
Besides, women and children are the most vulnerable in the Country. Therefore, based on our
Vision and Mission, OPRD will facilitate empowerment of children, young people and women in
a non-violent means. In this respect, OPRD will take keen interest in affirmative action as a
measure to actually realize the empowerment stated herein.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION

OPRD considers environmental protection and conservation absolutely cardinal to ensure
practical better livelihood for the communities living in the environs therein. Indeed, we stand
for practices that guarantee balanced ecosystem conducive to human, domestic-animals and
wildlife habitation. We have noted with consternation that the cattle seem more destructive to

the natural environment than wildlife. So, more creative ways are demanded particularly to re-
socialize pastoralists to manage and utilize cattle differently and appropriately in line with ethical

environmental protection and conservation standards. OPRD prays that human and
domesticated animals enable nature sustained for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. It
is essential to regulate the climate to sustain communities and support biodiversity. Therefore,
to realize these ecological aims, OPRD will collaboratively work with local authorities,
communities and partners.