Solidarity is assisting the people of South Sudan to regain their agrarian skills after many years of civil war. Many of the people residing in Riimenze are displaced from their own homes. Since 2014, over 50 hectares were cleared by hand and a living fence was planted. Following the clearing of the land, food crops were planted, weeded and harvested. Over 35 tons of food are produced annually. Depending on the daily work, between 30 and 80 people are employed. The project enables families to grow enough food to feed their families and a surplus to sell providing them with funds to send their children to school. Appropriate technology has been secured with external funding, including walking tractors, oxen and hand grinders. Training in sustainable agricultural methods is provided to nearly 50 families. And over 500 farmers are reached with programs via local radio. Fruit trees and trees to be harvested for timber have been planted providing for longer term sustainability for the project. All this work with local families is helping to build a community in Riimenze. A primary and nursery school are also supported by donors through Friends in Solidarity.
In January 2017, most of those residing in the Riimenze area fled to the parish after violent clashes between the army and rebels threatened to destroy the community. As of early 2021, due to the cease fire, nearly all those living in the encampment have returned to their plots of land to rebuild their lives. The elderly and disabled, unable to return with their families are being supported by Solidarity. Support this project