Charity organization launches fundraising to support homeless children
Paul Duwar Bak Executive Director of SCOCO talking to Juba Monitor yesterday (Photo by Morris Dogga)
By Morris Dogga
About twelve thousand children are estimated to be living in the streets countrywide without education, good health and shelter according to Jubek State Ministry of Gender Child and social welfare reports.
Most of these children lost their parents during the civil war and others were forced into the streets by factors such as hunger. Some of the children abandoned their families and resorted to live in the streets in search for food.
A new organization called the Street Children and Orphans Charity Organization (SCOCO) on Sunday launched a fundraising campaign seeking to help more than one thousand children on the street mainly from Greater Gogrial, Wau and Jubek State.
Paul Duwar Bak, the Executive Director of the organization told Juba Monitor that the organization aims to provide basic needs such as education and shelter to these children and orphans living in the streets.
He said without the support of other international partners and the government its work would not be effective.
“We are appealing to \the international non-governmental organizations and the government to support the organization,” he said
Duwar said they had already registered 400 street children and orphans in Gogrial state alone and they are also working in collaboration with Jubek State Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare to assess the number of children in Jubek State.
He further stated that the vision of his organization was to restore hope of the children and orphans living in the streets.
“We want to operate all over the country. Let other Non-Governmental Organizations support us to help the street children and orphans,” he added.