UNHCR launches Vocational Training Centre in Akobo
By Komma Godfrey Andruga
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Nile Hope – an indigenous organization on Tuesday inaugurated a newly constructed Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Akobo East County of Akobo State.
Three rooms building has cost 75,000 US dollars and that two rooms were designed for tailoring training and the other for counseling Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors, according to Nile Hope.
Akobo VTC project was implemented by Nile Hope Organization with funding from UNHCR through the European Union as it aimed at building the capacity of the local women in Greater Akobo. It is also to provide a conducive environment for them to discuss their protection.
Mr. Koang Puk Diew, Protection Specialist at Nile Hope who also represented Nile Hope Country Director in the ceremony applauded UNHCR for funding the project and urged the women to make good use of the services that would be provided at the facility.
Mr. Diew said people of Greater Akobo should celebrate as the building will benefit the whole community.
“We should avoid laziness and spirit of revenge killings and concentrate on peace and development. Without peace, this building could have not come into existence,” he said.
Mr. Yien Chuol Riek, an Acting Commissioner for Akobo East County, appreciated Nile Hope for the tremendous work they had offered to the people of Greater Akobo and its neighboring counties.
“The authorities do trust Nile Hope because any little thing that UNHCR gives to the community through the Nile Hope it often reaches at the grassroots level. I urge UNHCR to keep on funding Nile Hope projects,” Mr. Riek said.
Elizabeth Nyanyang Changach, a Women Representative for Akobo East urged men to stop mistreating their wives. She instead advised men to send them to Akobo VTC to acquire new skills.
The 45-year-old Changach said men should appreciate and recognize the contributions of women in the community.
“Everything development in the society comes through women and without women UNHCR and Nile Hope would have not constructed a Vocational Training Centre in Akobo,” she asserted.
The Centre can accommodate more than 120 trainees and after six months training they would be provided with sewing machines to start their own businesses.
The Nile Hope is an indigenous organization established in 2004 in Nairobi and registered with the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission. The organization currently runs about six programs in Greater Akobo that includes Food security and livelihoods, General protection, Nutrition, Health, Education and WASH.