Last week Rwanda Peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Malakal (Rwanbat2) in collaboration of World Food Programme and World Vision International school feeding programme have initiated and cultivated two kitchen gardens, constructed energy saving cook stove to serve Dr John GARANG Primary school in Malakal. They also rehabilitated the same school's kitchen in Malakal town, Upper Nile State.
One of the vegetable kitchen gardens cultivated at Dr John Garang Primary School. Photos/Rwanbatt2
The Quick Impact Project launched on 17 May, aimed at fighting malnutrition at Dr John GARANG Primary school in Malakal, supplementing food ration by providing vegetables to school pupils and improving their welfare by having a balanced diet. The project also shall reduce the school dropout rate as well as cementing good relationship between UNMISS and the local community, according to the Project managers.
The pilot Project inaugurated at Dr John GARANG Primary school with about 900 pupils will benefit at least 5,300 students of the 10 schools to be covered by this Project.
Hon Minister of Education of Central Upper Nile State Peter Kuol who was also the Guest of Honor thanked Rwanbatt2 Peacekeepers for the initiative and continued support and, he pointed that, the project should be extended to the wider community of the Upper Nile State. A request welcomed by Rwanbatt2 Contingent Commander, Col Alex Masumbuku. “Rwanbatt 2 will continue to teach the local community and other different schools how to make kitchen gardens and energy saving cook stove”.
The UNMISS Force Commander, Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi also commended Rwandan Contingent in Malakal for good initiative that will help in addressing some of the human security challenges.
The UNMISS Quick Impact Project inauguration was attended by the UNMISS Force Commander, UNMISS Head Field Office, and UNMISS Sector commanders, UNMISS Staff officers, Deputy Chief Military Liaison Officer, Sector North Contingent Commanders, Upper Nile State officials, and local leaders.