Red Cross donates basic needs to vulnerable in Torit
By: Kabaka Quintos
South Sudan Red Cross has donated basic needs including soaps to orphans and persons living with disability in Torit to mark the international volunteers Day last Friday.
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is always celebrated on the 5 December as designated by the United Nations in 1985 to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for the contribution they make to their communities.
Head of South Sudan Red Cross for Eastern Equatoria Janet Lakony Karlo said her volunteers celebrate the day to stand in solidarity with vulnerable people in the communities.
“Today we are celebrating the international volunteers’ day across the world and in Torit, we have started by visiting the orphanage, the people with disability because our mandate is to save the lives of people and to support the vulnerable communities,” Ms. Lakony said.
“We supported 114 orphans and persons with disabilities by offering counselling and distribution of soaps and blankets. So we have selected this group because we know that the orphans don’t have parents and also the people with disability are vulnerable,” she added.
According to Lakony,” Within this week of celebrating the efforts of volunteers to encourage them and also to ensure that government realize this day”.
The Executive Director for Torit Young Voices, an organization for persons living with disability Laduma Patricia hails SSRC for annual support to persons with disability especially during Christmas festive season.
“I thank the South Sudan Red Cross for coming today, every time the organization does not forget about us especially when Christmas is approaching, we need you to continue supporting us,” she said.
Susan Ifuho, the chairperson for visually impaired applauded the role played by South Sudan Red Cross in counselling the vulnerable people.
Ifuho appealed to the organization to support visually impaired with white cane sticks to support their movement.
“I am happy with the counseling. I also want the organization to provide my office with white canes. As you can see they all have sticks which can easily break and we also need support for all persons with disabilities,” Ms. Ifuhu said.
Some orphans who got support from Grace Community of Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Torit expressed happiness over the world international volunteers’ day.
A 15-year-old boy Felix Lodaks said the counselling provided to him by the South Sudan Red Cross was a relief to him.
“I live in ECS orphanage compound. I thank the Red Cross because they are the only people offering support to us here, I felt free now and even the soap will help me much,” he said.
Another orphan Jacline Ayya Albino 17-year- old studying at Torit Day Secondary School said “I am happy to see you here because of your love for us children of fathers house ECS, I pray that you the volunteers should be blessed for your good work in the community.”