By Peter Lokale Nakimangole, GURTONG.NET South Sudan
TORIT, 21 August [Gurtong] – According to officials, the just commenced joint initiative seeks to establish humanitarian needs of vulnerable civilians caused by the ongoing instability across the country. After the current rapid program intervention response is completed with its fact-findings researched, a joint intervention humanitarian response shall then follow, by the very agencies presently involved in the ongoing exercise.
Currently, CARE International is closely working in collaboration with Save the Children, Handicap International, War Child, AVSI, ZOA, among other organisations and in conjunction with the Relief & Rehabilitation Commission (RRC), the government and Civil Society organizations (CSOs).
Among the key involved CSOs are the South Sudan Development Agency (SSDA), Any Step With Blessing, Generation in Actions and Rural Development Initiative (RDI). The ongoing initiative primarily seeks to find imminent adequate appropriate interventions and this includes protection from gender based violence (GBV), health & nutrition, child protection food security/livelihoods, education and water, sanitation and hygiene.
By Mohamed J Bah, AWOKO.ORG, Sierra Leone
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation together with its partners on Monday joined the rest of the world to commemorate the world breast feeding week at the St Anthony Hall Syke Street in Freetown.
August 1st to the 7th is scheduled every year to observe and reflect on breast feeding. This year’s theme is “breast feeding a key to sustainable development.”
Delivering the keynote address, Director of Food and Nutrition at the ministry of health and sanitation Mrs Aminata Koroma in her opening statement noted that “this week is for us as a nation to come together, support and promote breast feeding”.
Stephanian Mell country representative AVSI in partnership with family homes movement noted that, their work is on the educational aspect and child protection issue. She noted that they work directly with Ebola survivors. She advised suckling mothers to take good care of their children and promote breastfeeding at all levels.
By Joshua Stancil, TRACESONLINE.ORG, New York
The numbers are truly staggering: since 2000, a 41% increase in the number of refugees, with some 244 million migrants, refugees, and displaced persons on the move. Prompted by these numbers and the continuing crisis in Syria, the United Nations will convene in September a General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. In preparation for that meeting, the UN recently invited Rana Najib, Education Coordinator for AVSI’s $10 million operation Lebanon, to participate in a panel discussion and to share her experience. Before leaving New York and returning to Lebanon, Rana kindly sat down and spoke with Traces.
What are the main projects that AVSI is involved with in Lebanon?
We focus on education and the protection of children. We have been greatly aided in this by the Lebanese Ministry of Education, which has greatly facilitated the enrollment of Syrian children in Lebanese schools, and provided special programs for them.
How many Syrian children go to school?
Unfortunately, not many. Somewhere between 20 and 30 percent. According to our friends at UNICEF, approximately 377,000 Syrian children do not attend school at all. Plus there are other challenges. Around the age of 13 or 14, many children drop out of school to go work. We try to meet with the parents to emphasize the importance of education for their children; but poverty is very much an issue, and many parents prefer to have their children leave school and work to bring home some money. Another challenge is cultural: around the age of 13 or 14, some of the girls get married, at which time they leave school and their education ends.
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