SOS Children’s Villages Sudan is an international NGO affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, and has been operational in the Sudan since 1978. The programs of SOS CV Sudan are focused on addressing the needs of children, with particular emphasis on orphaned and abandoned children.
The programs of the SOS CV Sudan are focused on protection and development of the children without parental care and those threaten by losing it. The SOS CV Sudanis addressing the needs of the vulnerable children through the alternative care and the Family Strengthening Program and the CV and the support provided and preventive works through its Family Strengthening Programs(FSP). The FS program is focused on supporting children who threaten by losing parental care due to loss of head of the care giver (father or mother) due to death, sickness, disappearance, inability to work and other reasons. The children who lost father usually taken care of by mother, uncle, aunt and sometimes by grandmother. Those are in most cases are illiterate and without reasonable livelihood and life skills to enable them to generate sufficient income to sustain decent life for the children. The result is manifested in the school retention of children, school withdrawal because children work to contribute to their families’ income. The FSP is currently implemented in Dar-Alsalam area, Block 48 in west Omdurman town within Khartoum state. The general objective of the program is to contribute to the prevention of child at risk of losing parental care and the specific objective is to enable parents/caregivers and communities to effectively respond to the needs and rights of the children at the long run.
In order to reach more vulnerable children, and in consideration of the increasing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in Sudan, the organization is committed to expand the coverage of its FS program to cover White Nile (WN) state, 300 km South of Khartoum. The program is planned to be implemented in Kosti locality of White Nile state at the southern part of the country.
The WN state was selected because it is a state bordering South Sudan Republic where the country suffering from civil war that has been fuelling the un-rest in South Sudan state for the last 7 years. The civil war in South Sudan has impacted the socio-economic situation of the WN state. On the other hand, the volatile security situation in the adjacent South Kordofan statewas also affected by the civil war in South Sudan.
The organization is planning to launch a Family Strengthening (FS) program in White Nile State. The area selected for the survey is Kostitown. An assessment and feasibility study should be conducted in the area that will be selected areainKostitown. It is essential to conduct this assessment to ensure developing a realistic program that will address the exact needs of communities. This assessment will provide the basic information which will help us to identify the families eligible for support. It will further help toselect the appropriate type of support to be provided to ensure sustaining the basic needs of the children of the selected families.
The baseline survey will perhaps help in the future assessment of the proposed program and the changes the program has introduced. In a nutshell, the assessment will eventually provide first-hand information to:
1) Articulating good justification for perspectives, purpose, strategy of implementation and the expected results of the intended project,
2) Ensure selecting the exact families to benefit from the program interventions, their needs and their life skills, the anticipated positive/negative effects of the project,
4)Avail baseline information that will enable identifying indicators to be used as yard sticks for the evaluation of the level of achievements and the interventions to be introduced to rectify implementation,
5) Provide data and information to know the success or failure of theproject and the underlying factors of accomplishments or deficiency.
Objectives of the Feasibility Study
The Overall Objective:
The overall Objective of the FS assessment is to give an objective analysis of the situation of the target group at Kosti in White Nile (WN) state, along with providing empirical data to help SOS Children Village Sudan (SOS CV Sudan) to decide on expanding the FS program to the new proposed location in Kosti at the WN state.
The Specific Objectives:
An in-depth analysis on the socio-economic situation of children (target groups) in Kosti town, by:
Describing the current state of parents and care givers of the target locations in terms of providing a caring environment for children vis-a-visshelter, care, food, education, and Health.
identifying the basic needs of children at risk of losing parental
Assess the readiness of Agencies, Government Institutions, NGOS, CSOs, CBOs to provide financial, technical, and professional support for the SOS CV Sudan with the aim of facilitating provision of basic needs to the target children
determining the feasibility of the FS in addressing the basic needs of the children by suggesting the types of supportto be rendered for those children on basis of the findings of the assessment
To identify the most vulnerable families in terms of social, economic and psychological problems for appropriate program intervention.
To identify relevant strategies to effectively address the needs and priorities of the target community
To identify community initiatives to support vulnerable children (if any) and also identify relevant stakeholders (GOs, NGOs, UN agencies, CBOs and other stakeholders) operating in the target community for future partnership.
To analyse current Response to the needs of target groups at the selected locations in consultation with stakeholders. I.e. what are the strengths and weaknesses of the current response? What are the unmet needs of the target group and where are the gaps? are local stakeholders willing and interested in improving the current response?
To indicate important assumptions and risks which may be decisive for the success or failure of the project.
The assessment survey will beconducted in a selected residential district in Kosti town, in White Nile State,
Target groups and scope of the survey
The target groups of the program will be the children at risk of losing parental care, orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC). The Organization follows the UNCRC (United Nations Conventions of the Right of Child) definition for the age of a child,
“any human being under the age of 18 is a child”.
The assessment surveyinvolvesconsulting and discussing with community groups including CBO leaders, religious leaders, youth, women, children, concerned government officials, Agenciesand NGOs.
The assessment is anticipated to pay attention taken to children with single parent, children headed households, families headed with child or sibling, parentally ill headed household, aunt or uncle headed household, street children and abandoned infants.
The assessment survey will be conducted in a period of four weeks, starting by September 26th, 2019. The final report shall be submitted in hard and soft copy to the SOS Children’s Villages Sudan, along with the analysedempirical data files in maximum 2 weeks’ time from the date of completion of the assessment.
The above mentioned period is both for preparing and conduct of the survey; and for briefing about the main findings and submitting the final report.