On this World Humanitarian Day we have a sad reflection as reports indicate that the number of
South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda has now hit (and probably passed) 1 million. This is the
sad reality of the situation that many around the world, including South Sudanese, have been forced
to be in. Frustrating as it may be in consideration that the South Sudan crisis is man-made, we are
reminded of the Humanitarian Principles to which we adhere, and continue to respond to the influx
of refugees into Uganda. IAS continues to join with other responders in this situation as we seek to
provide WASH services and join in the protection of Unaccompanied Minors finding themselves as
refugees with no one to call a guardian. We continue to hope and trust that the current trends in the
influx of refugees will change as the systems, including our own response capacity are stretched.
Nevertheless, we also continue to appreciate those that have joined IAS by providing financial
support in order for us to be able to respond to the situation on the ground within the existing
The young girl is called Gonya Rose (12 years). She was in Primary 4. Her mother died before the war and the Father remained in Juba. They have no idea if he is alive or dead.
Above pictures: IAS is hosting SVT (Swedish Television) Johan Ripås to report to sweeds via TV-news; RAPPORT (24 Feb 2017, time 19:30) – and more at SVT. (Pictures: Julius Bitamazire)
IAS continues to respond to the prevailing humanitarian needs in South Sudan itself. Over the past
year we have continued to render our services to the communities affected by the current crisis. We
have also joined with others in condemning the targeting of humanitarian workers, not only in South
Sudan, but in all places where we continue to put our men and women in harm’s way in trying to
We Need Rain!
Among IAS’ major areas of emergency response this year has been the Horn of Africa, with focused
active engagement in Somalia/Somaliland in response to the continued drought situation.
Responding to critical water and food shortages, we have seen some of the devastation among the
pastoral communities whose livestock have been destroyed by the drought as they not only lost
their economic sustainability capacity, but also have been rendered helpless by lack of food and
water. Hopes for rains coming at the times when they were expected have kept being shattered and
threatening the current situation to becoming worse. The recovery process itself even in the event
that the affected regions have received sufficient rains will take time. While recovery is of utmost
importance, it currently remains secondary as we strive to save lives in the now! We continue to
appreciate our donors in helping us respond in this difficult situation.
Lake Chad Region
The crisis in the Lake Chad region is estimated to be affecting around 17 million people in 4
countries. IAS has been responding to the crisis in Diffa, Niger for the last two years. Persistent
WASH gaps exist, and coupled with insecurity in parts of the Diffa region, teams have to be diligent
in planning humanitarian response. IAS is scaling up its response to the provision of potable water in
the region, and seeks to continue being relevant in addressing existing gaps.
Fit for Purpose
And so, with our teams serving in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Somalia/Somaliland, South
Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and all the partners in countries where we are not physically
present, we remind ourselves that our desire each day is to remain Fit For Purpose as we continue to
serve humanity. With that determination we will continue to serve!
– Did you know that every third person on the planet is lacking a toilet?
Without toilets, people are at great risk of lethal epidemic diseases such as cholera and diarrhea, which is killing 1.4 million children every year. Lack of toilets is also the major reason why many girls in urban slums do not finish school. In Nairobi, IAS together with local partner Peepoople Kenya is bringing Peepoo toilets to schools in the slum, to give children a better chance to remain in class and stay healthy. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that can improve livelihoods and increase food security.
In a typical primary school in the world’s slums, the state of the sanitary facilities and the level of the children’s hygiene are poor. Often hundreds of children have to share single pit latrines.
Preventing girls dropping out of school
In many schools toilet floors can be covered with fresh faeces and are wet with urine. Children without shoes are left with no option but to stand barefoot in this mess to relieve themselves.
For girls who are approaching puberty the situation is even more severe. About one in 10 school-age girls do not attend school during menstruation and many also drop out of school due to lack of clean sanitation facilities. Having a personal toilet in school helps the girls to finish their education.
One of girls that is happy for this personal toilet is Doreen Indasi, 13, Kibera, Kenya.
” The Peepoo toilet has brought advantages for me in school and I also like the health club where we learn about hygiene. We also have Peepoo at home, and this is especially helpful during the night when I cannot go out. It is dangerous to use the pit latrine in the evening. At night we keep the used Peepoos at home. In the morning my mother takes them to the drop point. The latrines we used to go to were always dirty, and far away. With Peepoo we save time and we can stay in class. “
The Peepoople product is being distributed to 100 schools and more than 20 000 school going children living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
More info about the Peepoo product can be found on the Peepoople website
International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan we now run programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa supported by 4 offices in Europe and the United States. The Alliance Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
We see ourselves as catalysts for development. Investing in people in order for them realize their full potential – going beyond relief and development.
The expansion of IAS has always been driven by need, injustice and that no one else is responding to the needs of the population. The foundation for the growth has been our core values of missions, integrity, relational leadership and team work, empathy (compassion) and equality.
With this global campaign called ‘Together #WeDigDeeper’ we wish to continue to build on this foundation. We will continue to serve the unreached and underprivileged population. We will continue to stay true to our calling and mandate. We will sustain what we have meanwhile we continue to expand and grow into assisting populations in other regions. We want to be fit for purpose. But we need your help.
Thanks for your support and donation!
New strategic partnership on the Swedish aid scene:
Läkarmissionen and IAS team up to make a bigger impact
Through a new partnership agreement between Läkarmissionen and International Aid Services (IAS), SEK 50 million will be invested in assisting some of the world’s most marginalized populations. A comparatively small investment, but by combining the strengths of both organizations, the aim is to make a big impact in people’s lives.
– After 23 years of successful collaboration, we are very happy to have entered into this partnership with IAS since it enables us to use our resources in a more efficient way. Our broad base of donors secures stable funding and IAS’ strong field capacity will provide lasting solutions for people living in regions where little or no development has reached, says Johan Lilja, Director of Läkarmissionen.
The collaboration between Läkarmissionen and IAS started with interventions geared towards increasing the water coverage for the conflict affected region of Western Darfur in Sudan. Since then the cooperation has expanded, and has covered several countries on the African continent.
The key driver of the partnership has always been to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, often in highly volatile and conflict affected regions. IAS has been the implementing partner on ground and Läkarmissionen has been the enabler by providing targeted and timely funding. With the new agreement, both partners will be able to accelerate and expand their global reach.
Under the agreement, Läkarmissionen will provide IAS with SEK 50 million over a period of five years. The funding will be used for targeted investments in order to accelerate organizational implementation capacity in geographical areas of common concern, for continued bilateral project support, and for baselines and joint programme cooperation making the partnership attractive also for larger institutional donors.
– IAS and Läkarmissionen share the same vision and drive to reach out to and assist the most marginalized populations. We are very excited about the new partnership, and believe it will create ripple effects far beyond what can be perceived today. It will be a vital step in increasing our global reach as a relevant actor on the humanitarian and development scene on behalf of the many people we aim to assist, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS.
For more information, please contact:
Johan Lilja, Director at Läkarmissionen, +46 70 628 8161, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS, +46 70 777 7378, email@example.com
Photo and caption
A high-resolution photo (by Håkan Flank) from the signing of the agreement can be downloaded here.
Caption: Johan Lilja and Daniel Zetterlund shake hands after signing the new partnership agreement.
Läkarmissionen in brief
Since 1958, Läkarmissionen has been changing the future for vulnerable people. In 2015, we invested more than SEK 100 million in our purposes, primarily aid interventions on four continents with focus on Africa. Our main source of funding is donations from individuals in Sweden. Our aim is to help people help themselves change their lives for the better. This is made possible by close collaborations with local partners in three main fields: social care, education and self-sufficiency. We are also actively involved in humanitarian aid. See also www.lakarmissionen.se
International Aid Services (IAS) in brief
IAS was formed in 1989 as a response to the crisis in South Sudan. Today the organization has more than 350 staff and on the ground presence in 10 African countries (Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland/Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). Water (WASH), Inclusive Education and Civil Society Development are key sectors of expertise. Over the next few years IAS aims to expand in the Sahel region (West Africa) and the MENA region. See also www.ias-intl.org
March 27th, 2015, South Sudan
Great day in Yei, South Sudan, today! Wonderful to celebrate our 25 years of service and to share the joy with our collegues from all the IAS countries. We will continue to stay focus on our vision and mission in the years to come. Thanks for all your support over the years!
For more pictures pls check our facebook page and instagram account.
Text & photo: Andreas Zetterlund
IAS celebrated its 25th anniversary in Yei, South Sudan, between 24-27 March 2015 where both staff, partners and guests participated.
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) the practical way – using IWRM as tool for sustainable development
– Unpacking IWRM
– IWRM in practice – some case studies from IAS experience
– Outlook – trends/opportunities/challenges
– Questions and answers
The seminar will be facilitated by Mr. Sahnon Abbass, IAS global IWRM Focal Point, and will be an excellent opportunity to, in an informal setting, engage in a dialogue around critical water related challenges facing our sector.
The seminar is only for invited guests.
Abstract/background to the seminar
This year marks our 25th year of existence as an organization. Today we have in-country registrations in 10 countries in the regions of SAHEL, East Africa and Horn of Africa. Water (and hygiene/sanitation) has been the backbone of our programming and will continue to be our main focus of engagement in the years ahead. Some reasons for this are: Water is a fundamental human right,; water is considered as one of the most pressing global needs; water is a continuous source of tension/conflict, but most importantly; water is one of the key drivers for sustained health and economic development. In order to continue to improve in this regard we took the strategic decision 7 years ago to adopt an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to water programming.
IWRM is usually considered as a higher level policy and longer term development approach. However, our aim is to make that approach attainable and practical. Our approach is therefore a field-based and project based way of dealing with IWRM. We use IWRM in both humanitarian and development programming and see it as a perfect fit for resilience and a way to bridge the gap between the two.
This week we are honoured to have Mr. Sahnon Abbass in Sweden. He has a strong background in geology, development studies, environmental planning and other water related fields and is serving as our global IWRM Focal Point. Based in Sudan he is now providing support to our various countries of operation on all IWRM related issues. He is currently finishing an updated version of our IWRM Manual and some of the findings will be presented in this seminar.