By Ignatius Mborihenga | Director; Community Skills Development
The close of the year 2019: The launch of the project to ‘empower 103 households for their livelihoods’ in Yambio has produced agricultural outputs for food-insure families-majorly single mothers and their children! We recall with gratitude the years and months of this project which has left great impact on the poor people and the communities here in South Sudan. The project was designed to offer opportunity of empowering beneficiaries to fulfill their essential needs, saving their lives and improving their nutrition status. The community pattern of feeding continues to remain poor amongst the ordinary people and thanks to this program that has contributed to the production of crops by the poor for the poorest. Food can be seen on the plates of orphans and widows at least once a day. If this program continues to gain support of the donors, great impact on the beneficiaries will expand doubling the number of households. Community Skills Development supports 103 households of single mothers by the provision of extension services, helping to diversify cropping and vegetables growing of tomatoes, egg plants, Okra, and educating on harsh climate mitigation measures. Irrigation method has been taken up and practiced. Single mothers are very much willing to learn and adopt new ways towards sustainable livelihood activities. Although physically weak due to poor feeding practices, they devote the needed efforts to the production of their own food. There is need to back them up with the needful tools, seeds and skills to encourage them with the credible work executed. Part of the story Community Skills Development majorly supports impoverished women-the single mothers in Yambio, Gbudue State-South Sudan. The total number of our target population is 17,000 Households in Gbudue state and for various services. Community Skill Development was established in the year 2008 and since then it has provided farmers with agricultural tools and seeds, fed malnourished children, sponsored orphans to schools and trained women in tailoring skills. When needy women hear about community skills development, they come to express their interest to join the groups and unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to absorb additional numbers and neither can we expand for limited resources. In 2019 another 30 households of single mothers have been added to the farming group making a total of 60 households beneficiaries and they receive trainings (extension services), seeds and tools provided to uplift them (beneficiaries) to a level of self-resilience. The women do express testimonies of acquired skills, empowered and livelihood improved a little. CSD has placed the entire funding received through GlobalGiving towards an increased food production for food security. Great impact has been created and the women and children are happy. The Merry-go-round saving system introduced four months ago among the women farmers has help to provide financial capital for them to initiate additional Micro businesses; the sale of bread, ground nuts paste, pan cakes, boiled cassava, sale of packed sugar, soap and salt. In a Country like South Sudan, where the largest majority subsists on less than a dollar per day, every penny donated is received as a great treasure and a lot of value driven from it. Our set target to help 103 households for their livelihood is not yet realized, it is now half way. The large majority of the population is still threatened by starvation imposed on them by the disruption of the growing cycles of instability. We plead with you to support us to help transform the 103 households from surviving to living. We remain grateful and thanking you very much.
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