A 3-week vocational skills training organized by UNMISS GHANBATT 9 for a cross-section of locals in Bentiu Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp ended on Friday 29 July 2022 at the Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in the IDP Camp. The training which formed part of the Battalion’s Civil Military Cooperation was aimed at equipping the locals with vocational skills which would enable them start businesses on their own as well as make them resourceful in their communities.

Twenty-three participants including 2 males, were trained on various vocational skills such as cake, bread and doughnut baking, preparation of snacks and assorted local beverages like ginger, bissab (hibiscus), millet and cocoa drinks. They were also trained on liquid soap preparation.

At the end of the training, each participant was presented with a certificate and catering recipe book to serve as a guide for their businesses. They also received catering packages which contained flour, margarine, eggs, sugar, oil, tools and a variety of ingredients which would aid them to start their businesses and make a living. The Battalion also donated 2 ovens to the Inter Church Committee (ICC) to aid the trainees as they set up their businesses.

The Parish Priest of Bentiu, Rev Fr Stephen Ocis Oman in his comments, expressed appreciation to GHANBATT 9 for their immense support to the locals in Bentiu. He also commended the course facilitators for their dedication throughout the period. He encouraged the participants to make good use of the knowledge gained throughout the period of the training.

The Commanding Officer for UNMISS GHANBATT 9, Lt Col Michael Mfum in his remarks stated that, the Battalion as part of its activities has tried to reach out to locals within its Area of Operational Responsibility to enrich their lives through capacity building. This necessitated the organization of the vocational training. He applauded the trainees for availing themselves to be trained throughout the period. He urged them to share the skills gained with others in order to make an impact in the society.