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Communities Pledge To Sustain Donor Projects

AVSI and State Ministry Staff pose with the Imatong and Hiyala representatives after handing over of the two projects by AVSI Management at Kineti in Torit. [Gurtong]AVSI and State Ministry Staff pose with the Imatong and Hiyala representatives after handing over of the two projects by AVSI Management at Kineti in Torit. [Gurtong]The two projects worth $ 100,000 majorly covered three main areas of disciplines such as tailoring, building (carpentry and joinery which included brick laying concrete practices) and finally ALP commonly best known as accelerating learning program.

AVSI Coordinator for Educational activities, Mr. Okello Dominic Oliha added that there have been additional package to the beneficiaries as business skilss training which has been referred to as support subject in the course.

The efforts were aimed at enabling beneficiaries to have space, time and opportunity to exercise what they have learned as life skills by putting it into a practice.

The present State Head of AVSI Organization, Ms. Astiati Paola who actually doubles as Project Manager and Area Team Leader on Food Security Thematic Project told Journalists after the launch of the three-day workshop that the two life skill projects located at Imatong and Hiyala centres respectively are very important and they have actually been working and many activities have been successful.

She noted that everything is based on practical and concrete solutions on how best the communities could without trouble be able to stand alone their own projects with ultimate objective to sustainability.

She explained that the ream gave reliable and professional skills and knowledge on how they could sustain the project when the AVSI’s Food Security Thematic Project pulls out saying what they have done to them was empowering the involved beneficiaries in depth so to run by themselves.

The main aim of the just ended workshop was to take through Educational leaders drawn from the state Ministry of Education with local ones including local managers of the two life skill centres, Imatong and Hiyala, to basically understand how they as beneficiaries will sustain the projects.

The Representatives of the Education Ministry work closely with the main beneficiaries to take care and maintain the two facilities with prime intention to sustain, clarified the AVSI Project Manager.

The workshop’s participants including local managers of the two centres were demanding from AVSI management to give more explanations or details on how the project is going to handed over to the beneficiaries apart from seeking concrete plans on sustainability, expansion and improvement of the project.

Speaking at the launch, the State Education, Science and Technology, Youth and Sports Ministry Acting Director General, Adelio Ojina Quinto appreciated the AVSI management for committing its resources and time to helping the people particularly those who have just benefited notably Imatong and Hiyala Payams of Ikwoto and Torit Counties respectively.

Centres Management committees for the respective projects have been set up so to be charged with key responsibility related to follow up and management of the to be handed over projects, together with local beneficiaries.

The Centres Management committees have been empowered to know the value of Technical Vocational and Educational Training in relation to the two projects in question.

In 1993 AVSI first began supporting the people of Sudan by managing the Sudanese refugee camp Achol Pii in Northern Uganda on behalf of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

AVSI continued this work for many years; at the camp’s peak it hosted more than 13,000 refugees.

As a consequence of the contacts established with Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda, AVSI facilitated humanitarian interventions managed by the Sudanese Diocese of Torit and other local organizations in southern Sudan (Eastern Equatoria State), providing food and basic non food items to the displaced Sudanese inside Eastern Equatoria, items which were scarce due to the continuous civil unrest.

In 2005, after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended 22 years of civil war, AVSI opened a structured base of operations in Isohe, Eastern Equatoria State and another in Torit, the capital of the State.

In 2011, a third office was opened in Juba, the capital of South Sudan and currently works in Juba and in three counties of Eastern Equatoria State Ikwoto, Torit and Lopa/Lafon, running multi sector projects including water and sanitation, education (formal and informal), health, emergency response and mine risk education.

ASVI’s institutional donors in Sudan include United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID/OFDA, the South Sudan Basic Services Fund (BSF), UK Department for International Development (DFID), European Commission (ECHO), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and private donors.

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