A National NGO known as Community empowerment and Peace Building Organization has put nearly 29 street children in Northern Bahr El Ghazal at Aweil rehabilitation center. The center is located within Aweil town.
CEPBO launched the center two months ago mainly to support vulnerable children living on the streets.
The Project Officer Mr. Daniel Kabango said the aim to reform and educates children on streets. The organization stated that they have selected the youngest children who have no place to sleep.
” We have a small number that is sleeping here because we realized they are in different categories. Some children don’t have any family members, so we have prioritized them and made sleep here at the center. Still, there are those on the streets but have family members, so we tell them to go and sleep at home because accommodation is limited, but they come very early. We give them services here at the center like feeding, counseling, and treatment.” Kabango said.
Mr. Kabango enlightened the organization intended to establish a street children center that will host all the street children in NBG but insufficient funds have limited their plan.
The streets children who are under project services confirmed they are accommodated in new rehabilitation center. “We are no longer facing any challenge like mosquito nets and sleeping items”.
“Since we came here, no one thinks of the market again, and what we used to do at the market we have stopped them like sniffing petrol, and we are now happy that we eat good food, before when you steal you will receive a beating, so we are happy now.”
Some other children said the center end their roaming at the market looking for leftover food from public.
“I went to the streets of the market because I lacked basic needs, but I will thank God for touching the heart of this organization, which is helping and taking care of us. And one of the street girls said they are hoping to join schools through the national organization support”
“I was being brought to this center. We are receiving clothes, feeding, and counseling, so it is perfect now, and we are now delighted. We used to sleep on the floor, but now we have blankets, mattresses, and mosquito nets, and we are waiting to enroll in school once school reopens.”
The new established area accommodates both boys and girls who have been living on the street of Aweil town. The NGO promised to expand it once funds avail.