26 November 2014 Juba – The UN Refugee Agency hands over to the Central Equatoria State Ministry of Gender and Social Development a Girls’ dormitory at the Juba Orphanage Home constructed by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at an inaugural ceremony in Juba on Wednesday 26 November 2014.
The handover of the girls’ dormitory is part of the activities to mark the annual 16 days activism against sexual and gender based violence under the 2014 theme; “empowering women and girls – working together to address sexual and gender based violence.”
The dormitory includes a common room, dining room, matron’s room, showers and toilets of the total value of 248, 000 US dollars (786, 000, 800 South Sudanese Pounds).
The dormitory constructed by UNHCR in 2014 is to provide a secure accommodation for children who have lost both parents during forced displacements, to restore human dignity and proper care, provide the children with education opportunity, develop the children into good and responsible citizens through self-reliance and re-unite the children with relatives.
To date, the Juba Orphanage accommodates 78 orphans affected by the previous and recent civil wars in South Sudan and returnee children, out of whom 21 are girls and 57 are boys.
The UNHCR Representative, Cosmas Chanda is hopeful, that “the girls’ dormitory will enhance capacity of the Government of Central Equatoria State Ministry of Gender and Social Development to address problems faced by female orphans and that the Juba Orphanage Home will have the required facility and to fulfill the duty to protect female orphans from sexual and gender based violence.”