By Taban Henry
The Central Equatoria State government on Friday donated non-food items to women in Kwerijik Boma of Luri payam, Juba County.
The donation came after the Central Equatoria State Advisor Mariam Aguli Zacharia accompanied by the state Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare paid a visit to the people in Kwerejik with an aim to acquaint themselves with the problems facing the people in the area.
Among the items donated included mosquito nets, dignity kids T-shirt and torches for both the school girls lactating and pregnant mothers.
Speaking to the media during the handover of the items, Marriam Aguli Zacharia who is the Advisor for Gender in the office of the governor said they provided the items with support from the United Nation Population fund (UNFPA) in order to help the people in Kwerijik Boma
“We distributed them to the school girls, lactating and pregnant mothers. For instance the items we distributed to the girls will help them during the learning process especially when they have menstruation period they will help themselves” Aguli said.
She noted that there are 200 people who are expected to benefit from the assistance are of which 150 are productive women and 50 school girls.
Aguli reiterated that this is not going to be the last but hope through the partners; they hope to get more support so that the people across Central Equatoria State can benefit from the humanitarian support.
She stated that they have witnessed the high demand of the little support adding that the support is not going to be enough.
Meanwhile the State Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare Bullen Amos Soro revealed that the visit was coupled with the commemoration of the international Children’s day in Africa.
“In 1976 the Children in Soweto went on demonstrations demanding rights to proper education and equal treatment with the whites of which the whites did not like the approach leaving many of the children to lose lives so we adopted the day for taking care for our children” he stated.
“I am calling on our people to decline from the harmful practices practice by our people particularly early child marriage and traditional customs that exercise to our children like putting marks on the faces and removing lower tooth of the children has to be put to an end,” he appealed.
For her partBazilika Poni a beneficiary of the Dignity kits hailed the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) and the State government for the support citing that they are school children who sometimes face problems more especially during the menstruation period.
“We sometimes are looking for lights to help us study but we could not get because there is no electricity here in the area and today we are very glad to have the always like for instance if you are in menstruation period this always may help,” she said.