Project Title: Trauma Healing and Counseling

Project Location: Ajoang Thok Refugee Camp, Pariang County, Unity State, South Sudan.

Project Budget:   4,800 USD

Start / End Date: November 2015 – 30 January 2016

Partner Name: Diocese of Kadugli

Brief Project Description: To train religious and community leaders in trauma healing to enable them to counsel victims of war in the Nuba Mountains.



CONTEXT ANALYSIS: in 2014, the New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC) managed to implement trauma healing and counseling in the Yida areas of Unity State, though most of the population is in Ajoung Thok. The project activities have been very successful as the traumatized people receive counseling services that increase their ability to cope with and survive the hardships and suffering resulting from the ongoing civil war.

This project addresses the psychological, social and spiritual problems caused by the ongoing civil war[1].  The people in the Blue Nile region are traumatized from the loss of lives and property, and many of them are unable to cope with the situation.  They become victims of long-term mental illness and lose hope for the future.  Aerial bombardment of civilian targets, which started in July 2011, continues to this day and has been witnessed by the Liaison office staff in Juba during their field work in the refugee camps and in the Nuba Mountains area region.  The bombing has also been documented by the humanitarian monitors on the ground whose reports have highlighted a terrified people suffering from daily bombardment and lacking food and medication.  (Please find the attached humanitarian update on Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.) The Sudan government has refused to let INGOs provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians.  All the Health Centers are empty; there are many diseases that cause health hazards to the civilians; there is a lack of clothes and shoes. The only hospital in the Nuba Mountains which is trying to assist more than a half a million people trapped in the war zone area has been hit by an Antinov plane.

The political conflict in the area is getting worse every day as the fighting intensifies with no prospect of cessation of hostilities or a cease fire. This is because the Government of the Sudan is currently refusing to negotiate peace with the fighters who control most of the areas of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.  In addition to the repeated refusal of the Government to allow humanitarian access, there is mass displacement in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile causing human suffering and untold tragedies.  Furthermore, human rights violations continue in the mass killings of civilians by aerial bombardment, artillery shelling and missile launching.

The ongoing drama led by the Government of the Sudan to launch a national dialogue is unilateral and meant only to achieve the objectives and the interests of the Government to prolong its grip on power indefinitely. This senseless attitude results in more ugly and devastating atrocities on the civilian population who have been suffering a great deal from the civil war.


Purpose Statement:

To provide mental and psychosocial support to people affected by war in the refugee camp in Ajoang in Unity State in South in Sudan.


Assumptions and Risks:

Assumption 1: Transportation processes could be problematic. Risk factor: low.  There have been times road travel to the communities has been really difficult due to the higher than anticipated rainfall during the rainy season.  Flights from South Sudan to the border areas of the Sudan are not reliable and schedules can be altered or flights cancelled.  These possibilities could affect the training schedules. 

The Diocese recognizes these risks and assumes a positive and optimistic stance.  The staff will continue to make every effort to ensure that everything in the planned activities is delivered, even if that means slightly adjusting the budget where necessary, and that the training still takes place, even if the timing needs to shift slightly.




Narrative Description of Project:

The overall goal of this program is to assist the traumatized people in          refugee camps in the Unity State region to cope with the problems they are facing due to the ongoing war.  The program aims to equip certain participants with expertise in trauma healing and counseling which will help these people increase their resilience and raise their self-esteem.


Outcome 1: Participants will be able to provide trauma healing and counseling to people affected by war. 


  1.  I.        Build up the capacity of the religious, local and community leaders of Nuba Mountains through training in trauma healing and counseling.
  2.  II.        Highly experienced facilitators chosen with the collaboration by NSCC will use the NSCC Trauma Healing and Counseling Manual to train the participants on what trauma is; the different types of trauma and how to cope and be healed from trauma over the course of a five-day training session.
  3. Facilitate the volunteers with small incentives for transport and communication during their work in the field. 


The necessary inputs for this outcome are:

  • Two consultants/facilitators to be contracted,
  • The NSCC Trauma Healing and Counseling Manual,
  • Booking of flights for the facilitator.
  • Accommodation, facilitation fees and food for the trainers.
  • Twenty trainees to be provided with stationary for the training sessions and for the ongoing counseling services,
  • One person to be hired for the documentation secretarial work during the training.
  • Twenty volunteers to be facilitated by a small incentive for their transport and to motivate them to carry out ongoing counseling services. 


Long Term Impact:

The project will have a long term effect on beneficiaries who have access to trauma healing and counseling.  This will prevent and manage many problems related to post-traumatic stress and reduce violence on individuals, families and communities in Ajoang Thok Refugee Camp.


Participants will be able to provide trauma healing and counseling to people affected by the war.


Both participants and recipients will be able to cope with the effects of war and displacement.


Twenty religious and community leaders will be trained in trauma healing and counseling. Those trained will return to their respective communities to provide counseling services to the traumatized people in those communities.


More than 2000 people will increase their knowledge and skills about trauma and also enhance their resilience and coping with the effects and shocks of the war.


Two facilitators will use a manual developed by NSCC to teach selected religious and community members about trauma and trauma healing/counseling in a course lasting five days.


The training will have positive effects on participants because it will be conducted by experts in trauma healing and counseling.


Trainers, the NSCC Trauma Healing and Counseling Manual

flights for facilitator and trainers

accommodation for facilitator trainers and trainees

food for facilitator, trainers and trainees

stationary for the training sessions

facilitator fees, documentation secretary

Incentives for the volunteers.


Funds to purchase tickets cover accommodation, feeding and transport for both facilitators and the participants. 

Funds for facilitation fee.

Stationary for the training and for the ongoing counseling services by the volunteers.




Indicators (Grouped by Outcome)

Baseline Information

Data Collection (Method and Frequency)

Participants will acquire knowledge and skills in trauma healing and resilience.

Questionnaires will be given to the trainees to check their knowledge of trauma healing.  Material will include an essay on trauma, its effects, and how to recover.

Exit questionnaires will also be given to measure the knowledge and skill gained.

There will be exit questionnaires similar to the initial questionnaires that Diocese of Kadugli staff will collect and use to determine the participants’ progress.  The Diocese of Kadugli will collect this data and the data from the entry questionnaires from the trainers after the training has been completed to share with the Program Support Officer.


Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan:

Indicator 1: Participants will acquire knowledge and skills in trauma healing and resilience.

Questionnaires will be given to the trainees to check their knowledge of trauma healing.  This will include an essay on trauma and its effects are, and how to recover. Exit questionnaires will also be given to measure the knowledge and skill gained. There will be exit questionnaires similar to the initial questionnaires that Diocese of Kadugli staff will collect and use to determine the participants’ progress. 

The Diocese of Kadugli will collect all the data obtained from the questionnaires to share with the Program Support Officer.



Participant Population (community leaders – both male & female, Pastors and Imams)

# of People

# Women

# Men

Community leaders in Ajoang Thok Refugee Camp













Extended Impact:

This program will benefit many people other than the immediate participants.  With the trauma healing/counseling training, other community leaders and community members will be made aware of trauma and the skills and techniques of coping and healing.  It is anticipated that the knowledge and skill attained by the trainees will spread through their communities in time. 


Participant Involvement in the Project:

The first trainees are providing ongoing counseling services in the Nuba Mountains, and have trained others in communities, mosques, churches, etc., to provide ongoing trauma healing and counseling. 

The initial area for this program is in the refugee camps at Ajoang Thok in Unity state but should develop into a continual program held by Diocese of Kadugli staff in the liaison office in Juba.

The program will include the inter-church committees, local and community leaders in refugee camps.

Feedback from the previous training will be enabled by information sharing between previous participants and the people in Unity State, Sudanese refugee camps in Ajoang.

The people will learn from the training and benefits therein, which is important because of the need for the expansion of trauma healing and counseling knowledge and skills in different communities living in other areas in the Sudan.

Participant Selection:

The Diocese of Kadugli and Deanery of Yida have developed selection criteria for the trainees, which they share with community leaders during times of community mobilization.  The criteria are as follows:

  • The appropriate participants should be a combination of church leaders; Imams; chiefs; and local government officials, and should include men, women and youth.
  • Approximately twelve men and eight women (at about the secondary school [high school] level) are needed
  •  The participants should have basic literacy skills in Arabic, English or other appropriate languages.



NO Particulars QTY Unit Cost SSP Total SSP Total USD
  The participants feeding  20 100 2000  500 
   Facilitator's traveling tick from Juba - Yida LWF 2ways   1 1600 3200  800
  Ajoang on road two ways   1 250  500  125 
  Project Coordinator's travel from Juba - Unity State (Ajoang Thok)   1 1600 3200  800 
   Facilitator's fees   1 400  2000  500 
  Incentives   20 150 3000  750 
  Communication   1 200 400  100 
  Stationeries  1000   1000 250 
  Documentation Secretary  1 1500 1500  375

Concerning the budget the current rate market or the bank rate has not been entered. The bank rate is currently 3.16, but a rate of 4.00 has been used because of the continually changing rate in Juba, South Sudan. 


[1] (24 June 2013) Hidden war: scores killed, displaced in Nuba Mountains. Global Post. 29 November 2013. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/sudan/130620/sudan-war-nuba-mountains-khartoum-united-nations-yida-refugees