Community Needs Initiative believes that individuals and poor communities have immense capacities to transform their own lives and CNI is just a catalyst to make it happen. Education plays a critical role in empowering especially the younger generation for greater transformation of communities across South Sudan. Over the years CNI’s education activities have reached over 40 primary schools and 6 secondary with an estimated 30,000 beneficiaries (children, teachers and parents) in Central and Eastern Equatoria states. Currently CNI is implementing a 5 years project (GESS2) in Consortium with ADRA and Light for the World in Eastern Equatoria State along side the UNICEF funded provision of learning spaces and enrollment of out of school children in Lafon and Budi counties.


Healthcare is a critical investment in South Sudan as the country has one of the worst health indicators in the world with women and children affected disproportionately. The maternal mortality ratio stands at 789 per 100,000 live births while the under-one and under-five mortality rates are 72 and 105 per 1,000 livebirths, respectively2. CNI has made a significant contribution to the development of infrastructure for health by successfully constructing a primary health centre facility with WASH facility at Nesitu in Central Equatoria state, brand new maternity facility at Opari PHCC in Pageri County, Rehabilitated an Isolation centre at Torit civil hospital, renovated Pageri PHCC maternity ward, construction of brand new maternity and staff unit at Moli Tokuru PHCC, brand new maternity at Magwi CDOT PHCC. apart from the community outreach activities including Covid 19 responses.

Women empowerment

We empower women economically by teaching in-demand skills that enable them to earn and support their families.


We promote sanitation and hygiene among the needy communities.

Food security and livelihood

Community Needs Initiative believes that building sustainable and resilient livelihoods for people and families with vulnerabilities across South Sudan is the way to go. Empowerment of communities leads to greater participation and ownership by communities of their own development. CNI has implemented several FSL activities applying farmer filed schools (FFS) methodology to improve farmers’ production and economic capacities, agronomic practices, post-harvest handling and practices of climate smart farming and fishing. The projects focused on training farmers on post-harvest handling and fish processing techniques enhancing their productivity which in turn strengthened the weak food security and improve their marketing capacities. Over 120 Women and girls have been empowered with enterpreneual knowledge and practical skills with business startups to increase their household income and reduce dependence on men.

Protection and GBV

CNI promotes early intervention that focuses on promoting relationships between boys and girls based on respect and equality through education.


CNI works closely with communities to promote peaceful co-existence. Recently CNI trained and graduated 75 youth girls in Wau with assorted vocational skills to promote peaceful co-existence and social cohesion.