As a team member of hygiene promotion activity
My name is Bidali Frank. I am a native of Yei River County. I am glad that I am part of this outstanding effort being exerted in the community to inculcate better hygiene behaviors and practices to prevent disease by JEN.
Yei is located in the southern part of South Sudan. It is about 160Km south-west of Juba, the capital of Republic of South Sudan and also that of Central Equatoria State. It is a homeland for the Kakwa people, who are found along the common borders of South Sudan, DR Congo and Uganda. In South Sudan the Kakwa people are found in the two counties of Yei and Morobo.
Yei town, which has in the recent past been promoted into a municipality is one of the rapidly growing towns in South Sudan due to its location and largely because of the hospitable and peace-loving nature of its original inhabitants, the Kakwa people. It is now one of the most ethnically diverse cities in South Sudan after the national capital, Juba.
It is important to note that as it is characteristic of all post-war communities, the level of education of the people in
Yei is still very low among the metropolitan population and worst among the rural populace. There is a very high mortality rate from diseases that would be prevented if the people had the knowledge.
I am very grateful to Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) for coming in to educate the people on the populace of Yei River County on hygiene and sanitation. Within a period of less than 2 years of JEN’s intervention in Yei River County, there has been a tremendous impact. For instance the cholera outbreak in May 2014 in South Sudan did not kill as many people in Yei as it did in the other affected counties in the country.
I am very much thankful that I take part in this transformation process in villages. Thank to JEN and all its donors. Please do more to save more from death!!
[Bidali Frank (holding the JEN banner on the extreme right in the back row), posing for a group photo with Community Hygiene Club members after a workshop.]
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