Panliet Women Farmer’s School – Yirol West, South Sudan

Pictured above is our flagship program, Panliet Women Farmer’s School located in Yirol West County, South Sudan. The establishment was set up in 2010 to support vulnerable women, mainly victims of war, gender-based violence, homelessness, and other social factors. It was created to give them a safe place where their hope could be restored through education, vocational training, and by actively deriving a livelihood through farming. Panliet Farm supports hundreds of women, children, and some men. Each of these beneficiaries then provides for their family, their community, and the local economy. Impacting one person who impacts another who impacts another creates a web of change. The Diar Foundation focuses on increasing permanent self-sustainability, not temporary relief. Our founder Karak says, “Teach a woman how to fish, do not give a woman a fish.” This is our modus operandi, and Panliet Farm lies at the center of it.

FARM SCHOOLS

Over 5 million people in South Sudan are severely food insecure.  Our farm schools meet this need head on. Here’s how they work:

  • Women participate in farm training and adult education classes.  
  • They are given a plot of land, tools, and seeds to cultivate life sustaining food for themselves and their families.  
  • By selling any surplus at local markets, they generate income for their families.  
  • Our participants also share resources with each other and form networks that provide meaningful and lasting supportive relationships.

The Result:  A woman who…

  • Has healthy food to eat for herself and her family
  • Earns and saves money
  • Has supportive relationships
  • Changes herself, her family, and her community – for good

EDUCATION

84% of women in south Sudan are illiterate.  Education is our most powerful tool for overcoming poverty, empowering women, and building strong communities.  Our adult education classes include:

  • Basic literacy and numeracy
  • Hygiene and nutrition
  • Asset management
  • Farm skills and vocational skills training
  • Civic Engagement

BUSINESS BUILDING REVOLVING FUND

51% of people in South Sudan live on less than $1 per day.  We offer loans to small groups of women as seed money for their collective businesses.  As they repay their loans, the money becomes available for the next group, and the next….  Businesses we have funded include:

  • Brick making
  • Tailoring
  • Bread making
  • Porridge
  • Charcoal
  • Farming
  • Raising chickens and pigs
  • Bee keeping

CHILD PROTECTION

South Sudan is continually prone to both natural and man-made disasters including floods, droughts, and ethnic conflict.  Women and children are the most affected, suffering sexual abuse, forced marriages, and forced recruitment into the armed groups.  We help displaced families and individuals by providing registration for missing and unaccompanied children, follow up and family tracking and reunification.  We also link affected children with psychosocial care and community support and monitor and report all grave child rights violations.

DISTRIBUTION OF EMERGENCY LIVELIHOOD KITS

We distribute thousands of emergency kits to hose in the most desperate need.  These kits include field crop and vegetable seeds as well as fishing kits to help individuals and families meet their immediate needs and begin producing food for the future.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

We work closely with local education and labor authorities to provide leadership, technical and vocational training to youth.  We also advocate for girls to participate in vocational training and education. Women, children, and men are all beneficiaries of our vocational training programs.

FORTIFYING EQUALITY AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT

Sustainable agriculture practices and technologies are encouraged by training women and men on seed preservation, sustainable farming practices, and post harvest handling techniques. We work to establish and strengthen farmer field schools that serve both women and men and help mobilize the community in collective marketing.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION

The goal of this program is to help survivors heal, mobilize communities and institutions to prevent violence, and promote women and girls’ inclusion.

Peace-building, Education and Advocacy

The Diar Foundation is introducing a peace-building, education, and advocacy program for youth and adults. The Youth Education Peace Project in South Sudan will be the pilot. Our program plans to establish community youth peace groups that will offer projects which are specific to investing in women and girls as peace-builders and change-makers