Friday 09 September 2011
ShelterBox give families a home in South SudanFamilies in South Sudan are familiarising themselves with their new homes
The first ShelterBox Response Team has started to distribute aid in South Sudan where families continue to seek refuge from conflict. Returnees from the North are also seeking residence in the region after their citizenship has been restored following secession in July.
Many families have travelled for several weeks by train or barge to reach the South and have been allocated plots of land by the government so they can set up their new homes.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members John Cordell (US) and Liz Odell (UK) are returning from the country having pitched the first phase of tents and trained long-term field partner ACTED to work with local communities on distribution of further aid.
Liz Odell said: ‘It’s fantastic to settle people back into their original and safer surroundings. Over time families will be building more permanent homes but until then ShelterBox tents are proving to be very adequate homes and the families have been delighted to receive them.’
ShelterBox will continue to closely monitor the situation in South Sudan assessing need for additional distribution in the region.