U.S. Department of State PM/WRA grant for Clearance of Explosive Ordnance and Risk Education in South Sudan
DanChurchAid (DCA) has received a new grant of $ 698,054.79 USD from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) for a project in South Sudan aiming at reducing threats to civilians from landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
The grant enables DCA to continue the work to increase civilian security by reducing threats to civilians from ERW while also increasing vulnerable communities’ own ability to manage the impact of ERW. This will make the use of communities’ environment safer for use in areas of recent conflict. The project comes in the midst of recent fighting between government and opposition forces where towns and rural areas were ravaged by the violence, affecting the livelihoods and safety of millions of people. Another consequence of the fighting was a great increase in the contamination of ERW and landmines continue to pose a humanitarian threat to the civilian population in South Sudan. The project will be targeting the three states where the fiercest fighting took place – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states and will reach an estimated 35.100 beneficiaries. The objectives will be achieved through the investigation and/or removal of the immediate threat from ERW as well as delivering Risk Education messages and training Community Focal Points, which will act as local experts on the risks of EWR, in areas of recent conflict. These activities will increase the security of the local populations while also allowing for the safe implementation of humanitarian and development projects in areas of recent conflict.
This project will run from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015.