Diar means women in Dinka – the language of our founder.  Our mission is to strengthen the women and children of South Sudan and Uganda through education, farming, small businesses, and supportive networks.

The Problems We Face

The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest nation and Africa’s 55th country on July 9, 2011 following a bloody civil war. Since then, recurring conflicts and government instability have hurt development gains that were achieved since independence. South Sudan remains fragile, stagnate, and unstable. Poverty is the norm and conflict remains.

In 2018, a new truce was signed and a unity government was formed in February 2020. This brought hope for recovery, peace building, and stability, especially given the fact that the country’s oil industry began to recover.

Violence erupted in 2020, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Sudan remains in crisis. 8.3 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2021, which includes over 8 million nationals and 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers. These numbers are an 800,000 person increase over 2020 largely driven by the rising food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic.

Extreme levels of hunger persist across the country where more than 6 million people. which is about half of the population, are facing crisis-level food insecurity with 1.4 million children under 5 years old expected to be malnourished in 2021. About 82% of the population is acutely poor.  

Our Solution

Improve Self-Sufficiency

At our farm schools, women learn to grow crops to feed themselves and their families. These women are given a plot of land, seeds, and taught how to reap and sow their crops as not only a food supply for themselves and their family but also as a small business to sell excess yield at local markets as well as trading for other goods.

Teach Skills

Our education classes teach literacy, basic numeracy, hygiene, and nutrition. Local teachers bring this classroom education to our women and children to prepare them for life, as well as advance them to other areas of our programs such as small business education and financial policy.

Foster Independence

Our foundation supports women as they start their own small businesses. Women benefitting from the Diar Foundation participate in programs such as our seed program, pig breeding program, as well as other programs birthed from the personal goals and ideas of our women participants themselves.