Project profile — Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds - South Sudan


Canadian Red Cross (CA-CRA_ACR-3119219814)
2020-02-28 - 2023-08-15
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Education facilities and training (11120) (16.17%)
• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (65.00%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (8.83%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)


This project works to increase equal opportunities for school-age girls and young women, including those with disabilities, to attend school in Gogrial West, South Sudan. Project activities include: (1) providing menstrual hygiene management support; (2) constructing safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools; and (3) conducting training and education sessions with parents, school personnel, students, and school management committees on hygiene, menstrual hygiene management, and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The project aims to support approximately 9,000 school-aged girls and young women in selected primary and secondary schools. Boys are included in specific aspects of the project – such as education, school clubs, hygiene product distribution – to encourage their full participation and reduce instances of SGBV in schools. This project works to directly contribute to Canada’s G7 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved safe hygiene and sanitation practices in selected schools, especially for girls; and (2) enhanced protection from school-based sexual and gender-based violence, especially for girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (September 2023) include: (1) 16,534 girls received dignity kits, which included sanitary pads, underwear and soap, to manage their periods; (2) constructed or rehabilitated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in 35 schools, including eight new women and disability-friendly latrines. These inclusive WASH facilities improve access, dignity, and safety for girls, women, and children with disabilities. As a result, 54% of girls reported having the means to manage their period with access to soap, water and privacy, compared to 13% at the beginning. 41.92% of girls also reported increased support to manage their periods, surpassing the target of 39%, and noted a decrease in harassment by teachers and boys. The project also increased girls’ school attendance, with only 35% reporting being absent in the last two weeks due to their menstruation, compared to 75% in 2019; and (3) provided 190 communities and 38 schools with behaviour change communication messaging on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), such as early and forced marriage of girls. This enhanced the protection of girls from SGBV and other forms of violence in schools. It also decreased the occurrence of school-related violence by students of the opposing gender from 55% in 2019 to 25% in 2023. Adolescent women students also reported a reduced occurrence of violence by teachers from 57% to 42%. In addition, girls, boys, and students with disabilities reported being more willing to report violence to teachers or staff. This project also raised awareness on procedures to report violence at school.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
02-06-2023 Disbursement $721,467
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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