NSCC is a faith-based organisation undertaking humanitarian and advocacy work in marginalised areas of Sudan, including Blue Nile, and in refugee camps in South Sudan. The Director and many of the staff are themselves from Blue Nile or the Nuba Mountains.
HART supports NSCC to supply community health centres with essential medicines, which are delivered by trained health workers. It can be up to a week’s walk to the nearest hospital, and many people die from easily curable diseases – so this work is crucial. On our most recent visit to Blue Nile, we were able to visit one of these clinics, which is now stocked with medicines, including painkillers and antibiotics, and to meet some of the health workers.
We also support NSCC’s emergency relief efforts, enabling 300 households to access food in 2014 – a total of 1639 people. This work targets the most vulnerable, hunger-affected households, as identified by community leaders. The relief is delivered by distribution teams, formed from the local community, who work together with NSCC staff to execute the project. One local community leader in Blue Nile said, “It is unbelievable to see determined people who endure these kinds of difficulties to save lives like NSCC staff. I have been challenged and there are no words to explain my gratitude to NSCC and its partners”.
NSCC are seeking to expand their work with schools in Blue Nile in order to enable more children to access an education.
Our Spring 2015 Newsletter featured an interview with Benjamin Barnaba, Executive Director of NSCC. Read it here.