Dress for Success
The Loreto Mission in Rumbek, South Sudan has assisted the Maker Keui community through the provision of education, health and employment. The Loreto Primary Health Care Unit has provided primary health care services to the community since 2016, focusing its resources on women and children. Today they provide 1800 clinical consultations each month.
This project aims at improving the standards of personal hygiene of 1477 primary and secondary school students, including young women studying in Loreto Schools – Rumbek. Each student will be provided with hygiene training and extra school uniforms.
Most of the families in the community are cattle and small-scale farmers, live in poverty and almost all the family earnings are directed to the provision of food. The effect of climate change and prolonged fighting in South Sudan has impacted family income due to reduced crop yields and the loss of cattle. Proper clothing and personal hygiene are considered secondary needs so long as clothes are available to wear.
Most of the school students have only one school uniform which in some instances doubles as their home clothing, leading to challenges in maintaining personal hygiene. Students participate in daily household chores and farm work and stay in their school uniform while undertaking these responsibilities, mostly due to a lack of extra set of clothes. Generally, their clothes are ‘hand me downs’ and therefore are in a dilapidated state having been worn over a long period by the original owner.
Low levels of personal hygiene, particularly for children in the primary school, has been attributed to most of the fungal skin infections treated at the Loreto Primary Health Care Unit. Skin infections have also been attributed to reduced concentration in class and consequently poor performance. Among the secondary school students, self-esteem has been impacted due to having to wear an old torn dress and has led to psychological stress and consequently poor academic performance.
With proper clothing, hygiene and overall better health, the students are likely to have improved concentration in class and achieve better school performance. This project will enable families to save money for more urgent needs. The created sense of equality due to uniform consistency, will lead to mutual respect among the students by eliminating the feeling of superiority or inferiority. This could be a significant contribution in a society that has witnessed long periods of communal fighting.
- Provide high quality school uniforms to 1147 primary school students.
- Provide high quality school and sports uniforms to 300 secondary school students.
- Facilitate sanitation, hygiene and personal care training to all students, including ‘laundry day’.
- Decrease absenteeism due to poor sanitation and fungal infections.
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The Loreto Mission in Rumbek, South Sudan has assisted the Maker Keui community through the provision of education, health and employment. This project will improve the standards of personal hygiene of 1477 primary and secondary school students and young women studying in Loreto Schools, Rumbek.
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