Juba Orphanage Centre hit by unavailability of basic necessities
As the country battles the novel coronavirus, the Juba Orphanage is embroiled by crisis depriving orphans at the Centre of access to basic necessities, The City Review has learned.
The Centre housing 59 orphans with 38 males and 21 females, lack proper feeding and access to scholastic materials to facilitate their education.
Angelo Kenyi Samuel, the Director of the Juba Orphanage Centre says they have been relying on handouts from well-wishers with no sufficient support from the government and Non-Governmental Organizations.
“Juba Orphanage has a lot of problems. We have the issue of food. Food is being brought by some individual civil servants. Here we don’t have a formal NGO to support us but we have friends who are willing to assist,” Angelo said.
The Director reiterated that access to basic education was one of the major challenges bedeviling the Centre established in 1962 to cater for children whose parents or immediate relatives were out of sight.
“The issue of education is also a serious problem. When I talk of education I’m referring to lack of access to school fees and materials like exercise books, pens, and pencils. These are the problems facing us here,” he asserted.
Angelo thanked a group of staff from the World Vision, whom he said have contributed from their own pockets and paid school fees for the children for two successive years. He equally appreciated a cleric who hired 11 teachers and paid them from his own budget.
But lack of access to effective medication continues to grip the orphanage. Children are usually transported to public health care centers in time of illness, and referrals are made to the pharmacy when the prescribed medicines were unavailable.
“We used to take them to the Juba Teaching Hospital then the doctor diagnoses the disease and make a prescription. Sometimes we get the drugs from the hospital but sometimes from the pharmacy and to buy that from the pharmacy you need money, which we don’t have,” Angelo lamented.
Angelo called for support from the government and humanitarian organizations with the stance that orphans were the future of the nation.
“I’m appealing to the government to support these children. Orphans are future leaders of the country. Let us come together and give them a helping hand,” he reiterated.
Asked about how the Centre was coping with the prevalence of the novel coronavirus, Angelo said all staff members were okay, adding that even the senior inspector who died earlier this year was not a victim of SARS-CoV-2.
Senior Inspector Abdu Wajo succumbed to Hepatitis on 21st May 2020, reducing the number of staff at the Juba Orphanage Centre from 30 to 29.