“My name is Joyce Napeyok, 19 years old in Primary 8 at St. Bakhita Day & Boarding Girls’ Primary School. I come from Lawuro village and am 7th child in a family of 9.”

Joyce from St. Bakhita Day & Boarding. Girls’ Primary School in former Easter Equatoria State South Sudan

“My situation before GESS Programme was not good, both at home and at school. This is because we used to sit and eat at school according to tribes”. By remaining in school, Joyce learnt how to share with fellow learners from other tribes. She stated that her school helped to promote a culture of togetherness between different ethnic groups, for which she is very thankful. 

She goes on, “Apart from that, I have gained from GESS project through the Cash Transfer that enabled me purchase things like sanitary pads, smearing oil that my parents were unable to give money for. My hygiene personally changed because I keep clean during my menstrual periods because I am able to buy sanitary pads for myself through Cash Transfer money”, Joyce said.

"This money encouraged my friend, Grace, to join school when she saw us receiving money from school that GESS provided. As well, my friend Nakiru is now working very hard to reach P5 in order to begin receiving the Cash Transfer. It has really encouraged every girl I know.”

To learn more about GESS Cash Transfers, take a look here.

To watch a short film that shows how the GESS programme continues to perform above expectations to deliver its aim of educating the poorest and most vulnerable girls; inspiring, educating and transforming a generation through girls’ education, click the link:

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