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NEPDA donates non-food items to pupils

Pupils of Nation Basic Primary school after receiving

the donations (Photo: Bullen Bala)

By Bullen Bala Alexander

Nations Empowerment for Peace and Development Agency (NEPDA) has donated a number of nonfood items to vulnerable children of Nation Basic Primary school yesterday.

The items included 49 mosquito nets, 20 blankets and 6 water carriers.

Nation Basic Primary School, located in Tongping residential area, has more than fifty orphans and children whose parents cannot afford to pay their school fees.

Speaking at the event, Daniel Mayen Jok, NEPDA Country Executive Director, said his organization chose Nation Basic Primary School because it is one of the schools that supports orphans and most vulnerable children in the country.

He said NEPDA for the last three years has been supportive to vulnerable children including orphans and street children.

Jok added that his organization received the few items from Jubek State Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.

“NEPDA is determined to cautiously support such vulnerable groups and orphans, and in areas of child protection and also to empower the children,”Jok said.

Jok also called on UNICEF, UNOCHA and other organizations to join hands together to support and empower vulnerable children at Nation Basic Primary School.

Jok added that they will help the school in capacity building, empowering those children so that they may have a sustainable livelihood for their families.

Meanwhile Ann Nduku, Director for Chance for Women Initiative said her organization had been helping the school but her support was not enough.

She said the school has desks, no good toilet and children are carrying chairs from their home and they are writing on their laps.

“We are all looking forward to achieve that,” Nduku said.

She said last year her organization donated murum, water tank of 1,500 liters to the school.

Ror Akot Deng, the head teacher of Nation Basic School expressed his happiness to both NEPDA and CAWI for their support.

“I am happy today for the great help that you give to support our vulnerable orphans, and I ask you and others to continue to join you and support these children because we need this school to grow up,” Akot said.

Deng said more than 60 pupils have benefited from yesterday’s donation.

He said they received 49 mosquito nets, 20 blankets and 6 water carriers.

However, Deng appealed to the government, NGOs and other partners to help the school because it is the only school helping the community in the area.

Nation Basic School is the community based school which started in 2009 to help those who cannot pay their school fees.

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