100 wheelchairs, 100 white canes - happy beneficiaries in Malakal PoC

Friday June 17, 2016

Wheelchair at Malakal Market

Among large populations of vulnerable, displaced persons it is easy to overlook individuals who suffer even greater, special disadvantage than others in their communities. In a recent Quick Impact Project, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan's Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) section, in partnership with the Humanitarian and Development Consortium (HDC) targeted the particular needs of persons with physical and sight impairments in the Malakal Protection of Civilians site.

In an event presided over by the UNMISS's Head of Field Office in Malakal, Hazel Dewet, 100 wheel chairs and 100 white canes were handed over to vulnerable persons. Promising UNMISS's continued support for individuals with special needs, Dewet expressed her appreciation of the contributions of HDC and other partners in realising the intervention's aim.

After a celebratory ceremony of song and dance that included large sections of the PoC population, the chairman of the Peace and Security Council in the Malakal PoC site, Matthew B. Chol, thanked UNMISS and the contributing partners. Addressing the PoC population, he pointed out that even with the wheel-chairs and canes, the beneficiaries would still need the social support and care of the camp community as they navigated their way around the camp.

 

2.2 m
persons displaced across South Sudan since December 2013
HDC works in camps to provide food, shelter, livelihoods and protection services
Mission:
The mission of HDC is to support vulnerable people affected by crises to attain dignified and prosperous lives through impactful community resilience and practical, innovative programs.
HDC has been an
active national NGO in East Africa for ten-years
– a clear track record of strong commitment to the communities we serve.
HDC is honoured to partner with
DanChurch Aid, CARE South Sudan, CARE Netherlands, Government of The Netherlands
HDC
is honoured to partner with many organizations,
including UNHCR, UNMISS, UNDP
Last year HDC
worked with over 30,000 people in need across South Sudan.
Today in South Sudan
less than 1% of girls will complete their education.
A girl in South Sudan
is 2X less likely to have access to education than a boy.
According to UNICEF, 72%
of children in South Sudan did not have access to school last year.
<13%
of people in South Sudan have access to sanitation facilities
HDC constructs sanitary facilities and conducts advocacy interventions that endorse better hygiene practices
5.1 million people
are facing severe food insecurity today (IPC)
1.9 million people
are displaced in South Sudan (OCHA)
2.4 m
face severe food insecurity due to displacement and adverse climate
HDC supports improved resilience and productivity by distributing seeds, inputs and implements
2 million
South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)