The people of South Sudan have suffered unrelenting harsh conditions since the formulation of the nation of Sudan in the 1950’s. From 2005 to 2013 (when civil war returned), the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (signed to end the open hostilities between the North and peoples of the South) resulted in a period of relative stability and peace. Sudanese were filled with optimism and hope for sustained community-based development. In South Sudan, there have been two significant periods of civil war and almost all of the hostilities took place in the south and further eroded social, economic, and emotional health of South Sudanese communities. The Arilo Center region is located in the extreme south of the country and suffers from diseases of extreme poverty (malaria, malnutrition, typhoid, cholera, etc.), has virtually no community infrastructure (clean water, roads, electricity, communication, banking, etc are all non-existent) and confronts overwhelming challenges to develop human, intellectual and leadership capacity to create/enhance community development. The EFCSS - Arilo Center serves the North and East parts of the Lopit Mountain Range villages in the State of East Equatoria Sudan. The estimated population is 14,000. A significant investment in community vision casting was done in 2007-2008 (and re-affirmed in 2010) creating the following top priorities of enhanced community development:

Medical Care/Health

Education/Schooling for youth

Church Development

Community Development Expertise

Agricultural Development and nutrition