Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Juru Rose Manson Nyara, I am 30 years old and I come from Kajokeji in Central Equatoria State, South Sudan. However, I was born and raised in one of the refugee camps in Adjumani, Uganda.

What is your learned or studied profession?

With the support of the Comboni Mission in Kajokeji through the late Father Magni and Sister Lilly, I had the opportunity to attend high school from 2007-2009. I then studied Social Sciences and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2016. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the Windle Trust Uganda, which supports refugee children who did not have access to education due to financial and many other reasons. Their scholarship enabled me to complete my university degree.

What are your hobbies?

I like to swim and love music.

What year did you start working at VSF-Suisse?

I started in 2016 as a Project Officer MEAL (Monitoring and Evaluation) for the South Sudan programme in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

And what position do you hold now?

I have the same position, but I am additionally responsible for gender, PSEA, GIS, issues. And I work at the main office in Juba today with visits to the various field locations.

What do you like most about your work?

The dedicated and helpful team members. This includes the supervisors, who are so humble and kind-hearted, and always support us in the best possible way. Dr. Wono Luke (has left the organization) and now Dr. Kevin Miheso are wonderful people.

What are the biggest challenges in your work?

Although I can understand to some extent the reasoning behind it, the restricted access to the internet and the blocking of sites like YouTube in our country hinder opportunities for individual learning and slow down innovation.

What do you think is different about VSF’s work compared to other organizations or actors (if anything)?

At VSF-Suisse, the colleagues are passionate about their work. They are dedicated and give their best in fulfilling their tasks – and if necessary, beyond their actual area of responsibility and time. The organization may be small, but it does an enormous amount of work in the areas where it operates. VSF-Suisse will forever remain in my heart because it has given me the opportunity to learn, research, and exchange ideas with colleagues both inside and outside the organization.

Thank you very much for your dedication, Rose!

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