Project launched to empower widows, orphans in Juba

By Nema Juma

A new project targeting vulnerable women and orphans in Juba has been launched.

Yesterday, UN Women said South Sudanese women bear the brunt of the conflict with millions of people displaced.

Many of the displaced are women and children who fled to refuge without most of their property.

At least 20 widows and orphans will be trained on tailoring as part of empowering vulnerable communities in Juba.

The project is implemented by Christian Relief Aid organization-a local organization based in Juba.

Mrs. Alawiy Sadik, one of the beneficiaries said the training opportunity has opened for them a door to escape poverty.

“I am requesting the government and the other organizations to help our sisters who are still out there. The number of those who are in trouble is increasing,” Alawiy said.

She stated that most women who lost their husbands kill themselves with alcohol and “they don’t know where to go.”

“Most of those women lost their husbands and children and now those are the children found on the streets. Let government and other organization help them,’ Alawiy appealed.

Speaking during the launch of the Income Generation and Economic Empowerment Initiative, Joseph Opio Wilson, the Executive Director of Christian Relief Aid (CRA) said the organization has been working with the community by building and improving their living standards.

Opio said after learning how to use the sewing machine, the beneficiaries will receive sewing machines to start-up an income generating-activity.

“We also do community dialogue to bring peace in this country and we also consider the gender issue that’s why when you see in our organization, almost 70 percent are female because we consider the gender most,” Opio said.

He said the organization believes in helping people as churches do.

Opio said the organization also operates in the Upper Nile region and former Eastern Equatoria region.

“Our vision is to transform the community of South Sudan and beyond by training and empowering them to produce for their families,” he said.

He a youth conference will be held in in Magwi, Torit State next week to transform the youth from being militant.

“We made this conference to underscore the significance of reconciliation and transformation and over 400 youth will attend it,” Opio added.

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