ZOA distributed NFI to 4,024 HHs in Bereka and Lukurubang, Lainya County - Central Equatoria

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Two channels of communication were used for informing the beneficiaries of the distribution; 1.) Through the chiefs/headmen, and 2.)ZOA staffs going directly to the IDP reception sites & communicating with IDPs. Prior to the distribution, the team conducted verification of the registered beneficiaries jointly with the SSRRC and chiefs/headmen and the list updated.

The beneficiaries were organised under the stewardship of headmen/chiefs of the area they originally came from before the displacement. In each of the above locations, three days were used for the actual handing over of items matching the number of beneficiaries under each headmen/chief. For another two days ZOA team and the volunteers stayed in the area visiting the beneficiaries together with the leaders to identify complains and gaps in the distribution process.

On the actual distribution day each chief and the beneficiaries, were called out and the quantified items handed over to them, and then individual member’s distribution followed under close eye of either ZOA staff or a volunteer appointed for this process. The distribution team comprised of ZOA staffs and some local youth (selection criteria; ability to read and write). The SSRRC and LGAs role during the process was purely passive, majorly observing and ensuring the process is not interrupted.

Issue of gender equity and equality were integrated at the stage of beneficiary identification and verification. Such that when the items were requested from IOM, it had already addressed all concerns. For instance there were many cases of polygamous families; so instead of registering only the male head of the HH, the wives were registered since each woman and her children lived in separate family unit (Home) from the rest of the co-wives. By doing so, all HH members are catered for in the distribution. 

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