Youth group celebrates new facility
Mundri West County has yet another reason to celebrate following the flagging off an AAH South Sudan/CAPOR, MAYA (Mundri Active Youth Association) and local community joint venture that seen the construction of an art set up.
Before the facility was set up, they were using a temporary office, which was miniature and jam-packed.
“The office was small and congested as it accommodated all the project staff and the actors. We faced many challenges especially when holding meetings with MAYA partners and storage of confidential documents,” says Repent Woroh Odrande, Mundri Active Youth Association (MAYA) director.
The limited space was a challenge as they were automatically disqualified from getting additional support from the other donors; as it was presumed that they were disorganised.
AAH South Sudan/ Capacity Building for Post conflict Reintegration (CAPOR) project has been working with the youth and disadvantaged communities to steer them towards behavioural change and positive living.
“We have benefitted from several training on capacity building and peace building. These sessions have enabled us gain a footing as an organisation. Through them we have come up with action plans to take us forward,” Odrande explains.
MAYA secured 12,000 SSP (US$ 4,000) grant from AAH South Sudan/CAPOR project that has enabled them construct an art set up.
The organisation’s staff have been committed in the venture and contributed about 10,000 bricks and monies that went into the construction pool.
Similarly, MAYA has been able to secure additional funding from Oxfam Novib worth 99,888 Euros following the training on proposal writing that they have received from AAH South Sudan/CAPOR project.
“We plan to educate 2000 youth on peace building, purchase additional equipment and cover other administrative costs”.
Additionally, they have also received another round of funding from Oxfam Novib 60,000 Euro to strengthen women capacity building on Gender-Based Violence and peace building. This project targets two States: - Central Equatorial (Yei Central County) and Western Equatorial (Yambio Central County). It will also cover other institutional functions such as development of internal policies so as to improve service delivery.
By Sylvia Nani, AAH South Sudan/ CAPOR