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06/27/2013

Safe sanitation for Central Equatoria, South sudan schools

JEN has had an operational programme team working in South Sudan since 2007. Whilst the locations of projects, offices, and focuses of our work have changed and developed through that time, one thing has remained constant: JEN’s commitment to working with and standing alongside the South Sudanese people.

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I have had the privilege of working in South Sudan for just less than four years. For me personally, it is a country that ‘gets under your skin’, that you are unable to shake off even when you are outside. From my very first arrival in South Sudan, everything I saw and encountered were equal to the preconceptions that I always heard about it and its people. South Sudan is a country rich in culture and heritage. It is a country of poetry and song, in its hay-day proud to be at the forefront of intellectual thought. It is a country of strength. In South Sudan, I have met some of the strongest people I’ve ever known – women who exude strength and confidence, hard won in difficult circumstances.

However South Sudan is also a country with huge needs. For example, just 1 in 26 South Sudanese have access to a pit latrine. My own experience in other parts of this Country highlighted similar needs in terms of hygiene practice and water supply – A recent assessment carried out in Yei County revealed that although there are schools that have access to boreholes and sanitation facilities, there still is a high occurrence of children suffering with Diarrhoea hence studying is constantly interrupted.
In the next few weeks, JEN will be looking at establishing a team that can work in building communities confidence in addressing hygiene issues. 

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Water, sanitation and hygiene are issues that face communities across South Sudan, both rural and urban areas.  Yet Yei is perceived to be a community of more enlightened and exposed people yet still struggling with hygiene issues.  JEN seeks to address some of these serious issues and to educate and empower the community members, teachers and students to come up with their own solutions to the issues that can be sustainable and long-lasting. 

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June 27, 2013 in South Sudan |