Since 1983 to 2005 South Sudanese people have lost their lives between the central Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army. It was largely a continuation of the First Sudanese Civil War of 1955 to 1972. Although it originated in southern Sudan, thousands of wives and families are left to grieve often alone. Not including thousands of lives lost to illness, gun short, ethnic clenching and suicide.
South Sudanese Widowed Village aiming connects widowed people from all background and relationship structures to resources, programs and a community that will support them through the overwhelming task of re-building their world after the loss of the life they knew and the future they'd planned for.
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rting the South Sudan widowed community (widowed people aged up and die with ongoing grief that non one help out. For example IDPS, and those in living in neighbouring camps.
United Federation Of Volunteer For Refugees Action Australia, also strives to help the family and friends widowed people understand the best way to support their loved one during this most difficult time.
Widowhood can be a very isolating and at times lonely experience; one which changes the course of one's life and throws us into a situation that we can never prepare for.
The challenges of widowhood vary and change as time and life inevitably 'go on', but the pain of such a loss remains. Sometimes we carry that loss with ease and other times the weight is far too heavy.
In our experience, we have found that strength, inspiration and UFVRA Australia can come from connecting with those who relate to what we are going through, because they are living it themselves.
Sharing your frustrations, sadness, humour and advice with those who have a very real idea of what it's like to walk in your shoes can do so much to improve the quality of your day and give you the courage and assurance to rebuild your life while carrying your loss.
Knowing that you're not alone has tremendous power. And so, it is with these intentions in mind that we have formed South Sudanese Widowed and Widowers project.
The aim of the project, is grew from tragedy into something hope, and we couldn’t do it without mobilizing resources to respond to the critical needs of millions of people affected by the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
South Sudan widowed village
Project vision and mission
A world where widowed people live in their own (widowed community village) in full and happy lives, while celebrating their love for their departed spouse in a community of acceptance and support.
Project mission statement
This project mission is to create and foster a community of widowed people, supporting and inspiring members to rebuild their lives after the death of a partner or spouse. That all returnees from IDPS or repatriations are based on their status, and never returned to the village where their loss one are been killed, buried or unburied. UFVRA Australia will be the first organisation on the ground in partnership with UNHCR to facilitate that Widowed are received and settled into windowed community village that are composed of 100 metres square space per widowed. By having 100 neighbourhood distance allows this young and old widowed to share their development and live as one family sharing same situation.
We will achieve this by providing access to practical information and resources that will assist widowed people through the bereavement process.
We will facilitate an online community, restricted face to face visit to the village, a week visit to their local villages, where members can find positive camaraderie and support each other through their grief, with the understanding that they are not alone.
We will host a life-affirming widow and widowers village that provides both useful tools and inspirational resources for widowed people from all walks of life.
What are the main Objectives of the South Sudanese Widowed and Widowers project?
Our goal is to create programs that make it easy for young widowed people to connect and seek support. This includes both the programs that UFVRA Australia has create operates as well as other established resources that exist throughout Australia and in South Sudan.
We also strive to help the family and friends of widowed people understand the best way to support their loved one during this most difficult time. Accept someone I care about is widowed' guide assists family and friends in knowing what to say and how to help in a practical and meaningful way.
Touring and camp
South Sudan touring/camping will also be supported by social-based networking events on the December and January, to allow widowed groups to form support connections, enjoy Christmas, and new year with their community members before returning to widowed village.
It is an incredibly unique experience for widowed men and women, having been described as combination between a widowed villages to their original villages before the loss of their member. It focusses on providing practical tools, valuable resources and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner - all in a positive, uplifting atmosphere.