The Nuba Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NRRDO) is a community-based organisation in the Nuba Mountains. Since its formation in 1993, it has played a key role in raising awareness of the plight of the Nuba people and in delivering humanitarian relief and community-led development. Their vision is of ‘a just and equitable society in which all the people of Southern Kordofan/Nuba Mountains live a dignified life’.
NRRDO carries out diverse projects all across the Nuba Mountains, spanning emergency relief, education, food security, peace-building, gender equality and primary health.
HART’s partnership with NRRDO began in 2007. Since the outbreak of conflict in 2011, we have focused on supporting NRRDO’s emergency relief efforts through the provision of food supplements to combat malnutrition. This includes the distribution of highly nutritious BP-5 biscuits to children while they are at school, thus enabling them to remain in education instead of having to forage for food.
Towards the end of 2014, NRRDO held a conference on education in the Nuba Mountains, consulting local communities on their views. “The people of the Nuba Mountains said their top priority was education, regardless of the conflict we are going through,” reports Nagwa. “They said they have been fighting this war for a long time, and they want to change the weapon of war from a Kalashnikov, to a pen”.
The outbreak of war in 2011 forced the six secondary schools that had been operating in the Nuba Mountains to close. NRRDO is enabling students to access secondary education through a school in South Sudan. In 2014, the school had 12 teachers and around 278 students; this is expected to grow to 15 teachers and 350 students in 2015. In the opening months of 2015, we were able to give urgently needed support to enable the school to open this year.
HART continues to seek further support for NRRDO’s educational work.