Ikotos is a remote town in South Sudan, a trading post on the road to Uganda that was abandoned and re-inhabited several times during the 20 year long civil war. It is a place of grinding poverty but also of great opportunity.
In Ikotos emerge poverty free are working across multiple levels to help develop the local community, providing people with the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.
Please click on the links below to view the different parts of Project Ikotos or click here to see a video of the work.
Stability in South Sudan depends on ending poverty. This is a country with some of the world’s largest oil reserves and yet with few paved roads, almost no healthcare provision and extremely limited education.
Involvement of beneficiaries in decision making is key to the project. The project forum allows local people and aid providers to see proposed projects, discuss and suggest changes and take control.
Education is the single biggest factor in ending poverty but in South Sudan most teachers are untrained. Girls are frequently excluded; in fact a girl is more likely to die in childbirth than to complete primary education. emerge poverty free is doing something specifically about that by training women teachers.