Indian Embassy donates food items to visually impaired persons
By Kidega Livingstone
The Indian Embassy in coordination with Indian community in Juba has donated food items and coronavirus preventive materials to members of Jubek State visually impaired persons.
The items that include maize flour, rice, beans, milk powder, cooking oil, sugar, salt, facemasks, sanitizers and gloves were meant to help visually impaired persons during the lockdown.
Speaking to journalists during the handover ceremony, the Indian Embassy Representative, Gati Krashna Mishra said the community was ready to extend a helping hand to the needy across the country.
“We are always ready to help you because we have many Indian companies in this country. We are like brothers and sisters now,” Krashna told the visually impaired persons yesterday.
“Indian community always rises up whenever there is a demand of humanitarian support required for the needy South Sudanese friends,” he added.
Earlier, the Indian Embassy in coordination with the Indian community donated a large quantity of food items to the flood affected people across the country through Relief and Rehabilitation Commission.
The Chairperson Jubek State Visually Impaired Persons, Robert Ladu said that it was the first time for a diplomatic mission to visit the Centre.
He said the food provided by the Indian embassy would reach all the members of the visually impaired persons in Juba.
“It the first time for diplomats like Indian Embassy staff and the community members to come and visit and give us food. We also heard that India has been giving short courses, we also need to build our capacity in different fields,” said Robert.
He said with the coronavirus, disabled persons have been excluded from the High Level Taskforce, which violates the rights of disabled persons in the country.
“During the lockdown, the visually impaired persons found it very difficult to get food and medical supplies because they could not accessed it,” said Robert.
Anthony Pitia, a member of the visually impaired persons said that the food items and the coronavirus preventive materials they received would help them and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. He said they need more awareness on the virus to stop the risk of being affected by the virus.