AVSI first began supporting the people of southern Sudan in 1992 by managing the refugee camp Achol Pii in northern Uganda on behalf of UNHCR.
In 2005, AVSI opened a sub-office in Ikotos County, Eastern Equatoria State and another in Torit in 2009. With South Sudan’s independence in 2011, an administrative office was opened in Juba, followed by a third field office in Cueibet County, Lakes State in 2014.
While AVSI specializes in primary education, it has also implemented projects in a wide range of sectors, including health, WASH, nutrition, and food security and livelihoods programming, either integrated with education activities or as distinct projects.
Currently, AVSI is focused on the humanitarian crisis within South Sudan. In Ikotos County, one of the most chronically food insecure counties in South Sudan, and Cueibet County, an outsized source of cattle raiding incidents, AVSI remains committed to addressing the root causes of the challenges facing these areas which threaten peace and livelihoods.
AVSI is currently implementing the project “Women as Agents of Peace in South Sudan (WAPSS)” with local partners such as the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek (DoR) and Women Welfare Agency (WWA), a local women’s rights organization.