Jal Banyiei – “With the voucher system, we are all taken care of”
With six years experience, Jal is one of the many canoe operators that work with us in Nyal, Panyijar and one of the many displaced in Nyal trying to carve out a living from the little he has left. A devoted husband and father, Jal is motivated by his need to contribute to building a better future for his children.
"Many people travel to Nyal on a regular basis. Some, like me, were forced to move here because of the conflict, and some come because they can access hospitals, markets, food distribution, education, and many other things here."
"With the voucher system, we are all taken care of. When there is a food distribution, people use the canoes to take their food back to the islands. If there is a medical emergency, people use vouchers to pay for a trip to Nyal. If there is another crisis, we are more prepared to take people to safety, and they are more confident because they have come to know us."
"With the regular income (I get from my canoe), I am able to support my family. I can also put some money aside in case there is another emergency, something I have not been able to do since the crisis started in 2013."
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