Supporting orphans to live their full potential | ACORD South Sudan
Angelo Kenyi, a fishmonger in Terekeka County from the Equatorial region of South Sudan, lost his father at a tender age as a result of the civil war in Sudan over the two decades ago. He is the first born of five siblings who he takes care for, including his mother who is growing older every single day.
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Kenyi tried every casual jobs ranging from brick laying, charcoal burning, working at abattoirs as well as digging other people’s farms for money in order to provide food for his family and school fees for his education.
He sat for the Sudan School Certificate in 2008 but could not continue with his education for lack of tuition fees, prompting him to drop out of school for a while.
Kenyi join Loyi Fisheries Co-operative, a project supported by ACORD with funding from OXFAM, from which he started having hope. In this project, Loyi Fisheries are provided with fishing gears and technical trainings on fish preservation and handling to improve on the quality for a competitive market in Juba.
Kenyi did not hesitate on the opportunity provided by ACORD. He concentrated on fishing as a business from which he saved some income that he used in purchasing five herds of cattle and over 30 goats. He also established his own fishing camp.
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Kenyi, who now makes 6,000 South Sudanese pounds per day, plans to return to school for his secondary education. He also plans to continue supporting his siblings in primary school by paying their tuition and purchasing school supplies.
Kenyi’s story has inspired a number of youths like Alphonse Nyombe, an orphan who has been working in Loyi Fisheries for six years; Buyu Phillip, who left cattle camps and joined fishing with Loyi Fisheries and many others who abundant cattle camps where youths are indoctrinated with violent behavior and join Loyi Fisheries.
Buyu says compared to cattle keeping, fishing is profitable, safe and secure explaining that in the cattle camps, they take care of animals for wealthy individual without seeing even one South Sudanese Pound, unlike fishing where he gets over five South Sudanese pounds per day. He added that at the cattle camp, all that is availed is abundant meat for consumption, yet the youth stay in constant fear of any attacks.
He encouraged his colleagues from cattle camps to join fishing where there is less violence and more money.
“I think violence is not a good thing because violence results to deaths, hence reduction in population which is not good,” he says.