SKS Sees Success: Reintegration Services Continue to Roll Out for South Kordofans
May 21, 2012 – As part of its firm commitment to fulfilling its obligations to provide Reintegration services to ex-combatants in South Kordofan State, Sunday May 20, 2012 saw the signing of a final contract by national NGO, Jasmar with UNDP DDR and its partner SDDRC. This contract which will see the provision of agriculture and livestock reintegration packages for 368 demobilized ex-combatants with disabilities. In addition, the contract will see that 315 ex-combatnats in the capital city of South Kordofan, Kadugli will receive additional disability support services. A second contract signed by the busy NGO will ensure the provision of small business and vocational training services to 176 newly demobilized ex-combatants in Kadugli as well.
Speaking via telephone from the field, JASMAR’s South Kordofan coordinator Ahmed Osman, remarked his organization was well-prepared and ready to act, “The project will be implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Social Affairs and work closely with unions of the deaf and disabled. Another partnership will be arranged with Ministry of health to provide healthcare and health insurance. JASMAR had prepared the groundwork and are encouraged to achieve the project’s results.”
For Said Sankoh, Programme Specialist for Reintegration for South Kordofan State, the signing of the final contract for JASMAR represents a significant milestone for the DDR Programme at large. “Up to this date over 8,416 former combatants from SAF, PDF and SPLA have gone through the reintegration process and begun their own livelihoods in their respective communities. Even in the midst of this current challenging environment, NGOs like JASMAR and others continue to operate and succeed.”