This initiative was inspired by the 2004 Rome Congress on Consecrated Life, Passion for Christ Passion for Humanity. Since 2008, five inter congregational religious communities welcoming lay volunteers have been established in South Sudan to carry out its mission.
Pope Francis recently called on religious to “Wake up the World”. Perhaps it would be more true to say that the poor who suffer from injustice are “waking up our world”. We are 31 clergy, religious and lay persons from 18 countries and 19 congregations. Our task is to accompany and be in solidarity with the people of South Sudan in this time of desperate need. Solidarity with South Sudan, as an organization, and its generous donor partners and supporters from all over the world enables us to do so!
Vision and Values
Through Solidarity with South Sudan’s focus on teacher training, nursing and midwife training and pastoral services, the organization has as its fundamental vision three very inter-related qualities:
1) the offering of educational and capacity building opportunities for South Sudanese
2) a unique collaboration and commitment of religious congregations and highly trained people from diverse cultures working together in community
3) the creation of a strategy built upon collaboration and experience in-country, and in Solidarity’s headquarters in Rome, to gradually hand-over the programs to South Sudanese Church and Religious Institutions present in the country.
Solidarity with South Sudan–from its Board members, office staff and the personnel working in the country, is built upon a foundation of fundamental and practiced values:
- recognition of the dignity of each person,
- acknowledgment of vulnerability and powerlessness: placing ourselves at the service of the people of South Sudan.
- appreciation and respect for local cultures
- mutuality and understanding
- proclamation of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ through our community life together, our life witness and committed action.
- solidarity and accompaniment.
- Peace-building, hope and reconciliation.