ACTIVITY UPDATES

ANGELINA NYBGWALILI

Women Economic Empowerment Project ( WEEP) SUCCESS STORY implemented by SPEDP with funds from UNDP

My name is Angelina Nyagwalili, I’m doing Bakery training at SPEDP centre in Bor PoC. So far, I have learnt so many skills in baking. I know how to make Mandazi, cookies ( Biscuits) and bread. I have understand these initiative is good for me because I’m a single mother with big responsibility to take. But after these training; when I start baking my own for business, every thing will be possible to me because I will get enough money from the business and it will sustain my children and my life hence the skills is a lasting idea in human being. I would like to thank SPEDP and UNDP for brining these initiative to us here in Bor PoC and targeting women, as women in the PoC we are the victims of the conflict in these country, we are traumatize , ran to PoC as we are in Prison because no freedom of movement. Before these training I was loosing hope of better ness and  changes in my emotions and life but now the skills that I have so far achieved has build confidence in me . When peace is prevail I will be a great woman who can take care of my children on my own such that they achieve what they want become in future.

CHOL DEL WOL

Women Economic Empowerment Project ( WEEP) SUCCESS STORY implemented by SPEDP with funds from UNDP

My name is Chol Del Wol , I am living here in Bor Poc now four years since the war broke out. Since I came here in the PoC I didn’t come across these kind of initiative SPEDP and UNDP has brought to us. Women here in PoC has lost hope and always thinking negative but when these initiative was brought I can feel there is change in me because everything is going on well since day one of the training. Life is becoming simple and easy for me because I have learnt how to sew/ design bed shed both with machine and hand. So far, I can make like four in a day and these will earn me money for living and take good responsibility of my family and children. As women here in the PoC, we are very happy for these initiative brought to us by SPEDP and UNDP to transform our lives and hinder economics amongst family. May God bless you and open every possible way forward for your plan to help vulnerable people across South Sudan.

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

Women Economic Empowerment Project ( WEEP) SUCCESS STORY implemented by SPEDP with funds from UNDP

My name is Elizabeth Joseph staying here in Bor PoC. I’m happy since joining these Programme brought to us by SPEDP and UNDP. As one of the woman here in PoC, we are really very happy and appreciate these initiative which God has directed to come to us so from now we know he will not abundant his people. Many women lost their husbands and they are single mothers so life became hard to them to take full responsibilities of their households ; but after joining these Programme it has build hope in them. The skills we have attain from these training will be the husband of the widowers because the it will enable her to earn living and sustain life for the family. Skills doesn’t get old it remain forever so that mean when peace come to our Country, the knowledge and experience of this training will easy life for us. I urge SPEDP and UNDP to continue with these initiative and if there is funds, they should proceed to other villages and PoC to help because women are the victims of these senseless war. We are now living like free people  who are cancel and free traumatize not like before as we were in Prison, because now every woman is busy and focusing on building her Living and change way of life in her family.

NYALUAK MABIEL

Women Economic Empowerment Project ( WEEP) SUCCESS STORY implemented by SPEDP with funds from UNDP

My name is Nyaluak Mabiel, I am doing Carpentry training here in Bor PoC. So far , I have learnt so many like designing and making of church cross, Karbala ( Local made for cleaning up any legumes with stones and sands), and soon we are going to make tables, doors , Windows and many others. I became very happy after joining these initiative and my living standard has change here in PoC because I am always busy here at the center and has nothing to think negative about myself and action to take.  I want to thank SPEDP and UNDP for brining these beautiful Programme here in Bor PoC and targeting, that mean they have understand the suffering of women in these imminence war of South Sudan we are the victims. I urge women in other IDPs Camp and PoC to welcome these kind of initiative when it comes to place where they are, because it can equipped them with skills that will enable for better survival when peace is achieve in South Sudan. Peace will prevail so soon and the skills we are getting in these training will help and sustain our life. What Men can do , I have believe and witness Women also can do if they were given the required skills.

REBECCA NYIPHAAT

Women Economic Empowerment Project ( WEEP) SUCCESS STORY implemented by SPEDP with funds from UNDP

My name is Rebecca Nyiphaat, I am doing Computer training at SPEDP Centre here in Bor PoC. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks SPEDP and UNDP for bringing these initiative to us. Women here in PoC were traumatize and living with stress because they had nothing to do that will change their mind set to think positively. Now these training is making women busy from morning till evening , if you are to walk around the PoC ,you will find most women are here in the centre. We appreciate these trainings because it is unique and different from what IOM has delivered to beneficiaries  here in PoC. I have learnt so many things in the sector of my training which I didn’t know , before we were force to run here in PoC ;I was working in an Office but I don’t know how to use a computer and another challenges I was facing was the problem of English language which was difficult to me. But after Joining these training, I have learnt Computer introduction , Ms. Office Word, Excel , Opening a page in computer ,and other packages which I didn’t know. So far I have also learnt English , I know to do calculation which I thought computer has nothing to do with mathematics but it is making work so easy. I want to Thank God for bringing me this far to learnt these skills and I do believe it is going to help me in the future.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME SUCCESS STORY

Mr. OKIRO OGALA
Okiro Ogala Assistant Head Teacher in Presbyterian Primary School.

Project Title: Emergency School Feeding Programme to reduce risks of Cognitive Underdevelopment and Malnutrition of School going Children in Renk and Melut County of former Upper Nile State.

Situation/ Background

The emergency School Feeding Programme which is implemented by Support for Peace and Education Programme (SPEDP) and funded by South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) is operating in two Counties of Renk and Melut in Northern Upper Nile State. Emergency School Feeding Programme targets 10 Primary Schools in both Renk and Melut Counties of Northern Upper Nile State with target beneficiaries of 5,000 School Pupils.

The Emergency School Feeding Project provides Capacity building to the Education stakeholders like Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) / School Monitoring Committee (SMC) members and school meals to the Pupils in 10 supported Schools. The main Objectives of the School Feeding Programme are to increase enrolment and improve the performance of the pupils both in examinations and during lessons.

Programme Activities  

  • All the 10 Schools in the two Counties were reached 5 in Renk and 5 in Melut; the total number of the learners registered in Renk 4,060 (M=2,273, F=1,787), in Melut 2,590 (M=1, 700, F=890) and the total for both Schools were 6,650 (M= 3973, F= 2677) excluding teachers and the Cooks.
  • 6,838 beneficiaries has benefited from these 0initiative in late September whereby (Pupils=6,650, Cooks=30, Teachers=158).
  • Continuous monitoring and Supervision of Teachers, Learners attendance and Cooks Performance.
  • Collecting Success stories to measure the Project Impact.

Results/ Impact  

  • There was improvement in enrollment in the schools which has exceeded the targeted number 5,000 to high number of beneficiaries with 6,838 in all the selected schools.
  • Time management was improved due to the Programme , normal class was starting at 8:00 am children was disperse home at 11:30 am before the Emergency School Feeding Programme but after the Programme, normal class start at 8:00 am and learners dispersed at 2:00 PM.
  • Teachers became active in teaching after eating because they are the secondary beneficiaries of the Emergency School Feeding Programme.
  • Learner’s performance has improved since the Programme was introduced. When the last bell for dispersing is rang, they remain in school doing revision which lead to improvement in their Performances.
  • The Programme has improved learners attendance on daily basis where by the absentees do happened unless a learner was sick or ill.
  • The Emergency School Feeding Programme has motivated children to come to school hence most of them are from poor family and getting diet is not easy so these initiative made them to turn up to School because the food is available daily.
  • Competition became high whereby the children from the Poor background are competing with those from rich background because their energy is now balance since the food is available which lead them to revise all the time.
  • Since the enrolment has increased, there is reduction in the number of Street Children at the Market because many of them got enrolled in School.

Testimonies  

Mr. Okiro Ogala  Assistant Head Teacher in Presbyterian Primary School said, He is very happy with the initiative because it has makes Teachers to concentrates in teaching which makes children to be active and it has result  to changes in performance. “Before this Initiative, we start class at 8:00 am and end at 11:30 am but after this Programme was introduced we start class at 8:00 am and end at 2:00 p.m. which is a big change in our School”. He further said, the number of enrolment has increased from 600 (B=350, G=250) learners before the Programme to 704 (B=397, G=307) after the Programme. Okiro urge the Programme to continue such that it Motivate children to keep enrolling to school next year. He appreciates SPEDP and SSHF for this Initiative.

Catherina Primary Eight learner in Presbyterian Primary School

Catherina
Catherina Louis one of the learner said, “Before the Programme she used to go home to eat breakfast at home and it happened that sometime she gets nothing at home which made her to stay home instead of coming back to school and continue with the lessons. She continued “with hunger it is really difficult for her to pay attention on what a teacher teach during lessons. But since the Emergency School Feeding Programme, she has never miss classes, after breakfast I stay within school and do revisions sometimes up to 3:00 P.M. Catherina urge the Programme to continue such that she can reach at higher level of studying. She further thanks SPEDP and SSHF for the Progressing initiative which has motivated Poor children to compete with children from the rich background.

Mrs. Agau Garang Atem

Mrs. Agau a teacher in Chief Shoum Aling Primary School.
Mrs. Agau Garang Atem a teacher in Chief Shoum Aling Primary School in Renk County said “this Initiative has made many children to get enrolled in School because most of them are from Poor family. The learners has nothing to eat at home and that was a reason why the number of dropped out was high. But since the Emergency School Feeding Programme was introduced it has motivated them to get enrolled and pursue their Education. She further said the Orphan children who have nothing are continuing with school, because they got motivated. She urges the Programme to continue such that it will make them finish studies and strengthen their capacity to go to higher education. Mrs. Agau Garang thanks Support for Peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP) and South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) for this Programme. I wish the Emergency School Feeding Programme Should reach all the schools in this County.

Mr. Michael Achuel

Mr. Michael Achuel a teacher in Dingthoma 1 Primary School of Melut County appreciates the initiative. He further said that, they were longing for it since they are Internal Displace Persons (IDPs) in the area. Mr. Michael said, they had a lot of challenges before the Emergency School Feeding Programme which has resulted to low enrollment and learners drop out from schools. Most family was from Poor family where food was scarce. After the Emergency School Feeding Programme, there was increased in enrollment, attendance improvement and the learners Performance has increased compared to beginning of the year. Michael urged the Programme to continue such that it continues to motivate learners and improved the learning in Melut County of Northern Upper Nile State.

Ammama Alison of Al salaam Primary School Success Story

My name is Ammama Alison and I’m thirteen years (13) Old. I’m now studying in Al salaam primary school and I’m in Class five (P.5). Before Coming to Juba, I was staying in Mundri, Western Equatoria and that was before the fighting. When the fighting worsens my parents was murdered and for that case I was brought to Juba to stay with my grandmother. I have stayed for one (1) year without going to school (Schooling) due to lack of tuition which she was not able to raise. Since we came to the Internal Displace People (IDPs) camp, life became difficult because we don’t have something to survive with, no scholastic materials and payment of the tuition was really not easy for my grandmother because I keep on telling her I want to go back to school. She didn’t give up because she even wants me to study. So this year she tried to raise some money and this make her able to pay my tuition though people started in February and I resume school on March this year, I’m really very happy because I met new friends and sharing discussion with the teachers this makes me forget the past that’s why am continuing with my education. When these Organization Support for peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP) came with their support of distributing scholastic materials, I feel happy and giving much thanks to them and they have realize what is affecting our studies in the Internal Displace Person (IDPs) Camp. I wish they shouldn’t stop, they should continue with this Programme of supporting the schools and through the little earning of my grandmother, I hopefully belief I will finish my secondary education and even go up to University.