Netherlands ambassador opens SNV office in Kapoeta, calls for Obama-attitude

KAPOETA, Jun 27 (Gurtong) – On Thursday, H.E Johan Wolfs, Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands to Sudan accompanied by his counterpart, Ms. Carola Baller, 1st secretary, Dutch Embassy, officially opened the SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) office in Kapoeta South County, Eastern Equatoria State (EES).

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

During the ceremony he urged everyone to follow what U.S. Presidential hopeful Obama frequently called out in his campaign: “we can do it.”

The ambassador arrived at Kapoeta Airstrip at 10 am and was cheerfully received by the State Governor, Deputy Governor, state ministers, state assembly members, advisors to the governor, national security agents, SNV’s Country Director, plus many other government officials as well as various NGOs representatives operating in the state.

He was entertained by Kapoeta Primary School students who sang to him a poem about the importance of education for children of pastoralist communities and condemning the rampant cattle rustling and killing of innocent people in the state.

The Ambassador then proceeded to commissioner’s office of Kapoeta South County and finally to the host; the SNV compound where SNV official opening took place and different traditional dances of different ethnic communities of EES were performed.

The Ambassador kept nodding his head and commending the students with the phrase “good, thank you.”

“I admire SNV for the work they do and the spirit with which the staff is doing,” he said about the non-governmental organization.

He said that he took the opportunity not only to open the office but also to learn more about what the situation is here in the state and more specifically in Kapoeta South adding that he is also aware that the challenges are huge and will take time to solve.

He asked all the other stakeholders to develop their strategies to improve the enrollment of girls.

“I welcome you all to our home. …Because this is where we live. … We are here because we can make a difference,” stressed Stuart Worsley, country Director, SNV Sudan.

H.E Brig.Gen. Aloisio Ojetuk Emor, Governor, EES said he was proud to host such an important person in his state.

He said that the Dutch have been rallying behind Sudan and it had once sponsored IGAD to dialogue peace in Sudan therefore, it{Dutch} is a catalyst for peace in Sudan.

He said when he was a commissioner of Ikotos and Kapoeta during the movement before the birth of the CPA, the Dutch Governor had had sponsored him in Diplomacy course that has now modeled his life. “The people of not only EES but also of the entire Southern Sudan have not forgotten you. …You are still fresh in our memories and we still need your support,” he told the Ambassador.

Imke Honing Vander explained to Gurtong the following:

· SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is an international development organization, dedicated to a society where all people enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to this by strengthening the capacity of local organizations. Currently SNV provides capacity development services to nearly 1,800 local organizations in over 33 countries worldwide to support them in the fight against poverty.

· SNV South Sudan started in 2005 as part of SNV Kenya with just a portfolio based in Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria State. However, it has rapidly developed into an independent country program with a new office in Juba, t

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