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Welcome to our ‘Becoming’ campaign. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 by December 31, 2021!
Make a contribution towards supporting thousands of kids in their journey of BECOMING leaders, teachers, medical doctors, ICT experts, and entrepreneurs of South Sudan.
All our 2,500 kids have demonstrated determination and resilience in their quest for knowledge. Let us all unite to give them high quality education which is absolutely necessary in their pursuit.
Our Impact | And What Your Donation Will Support
Ariang Network Of Schools
Our Ariang network of Schools is reaching over 2,500 students and 60 teachers in 3 schools. We provide them with school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and nutritious lunch meals.
Additionally, we work to improve the school infrastructure and support teachers to develop professional teaching skills (including supporting them with a supplementary salary so that they can have a fair living wage). Teachers across South Sudan are under-paid and some get as low as $25/mo.
Scholars Empowerment Program
Our high school sponsorship program (SEP) is supporting 15 students through high school – with 6 more students joining this year. The program will have a total of 21 students.
It costs between $600 per year to send one girl to school but the benefit that comes with this support will last for generations. Our first two students will graduate from high school this year. These students are first in their families to ever go to high school – thanks to you for your continued support.
Special Project: SEP Scholars Fill Major Leadership Roles In The Community
We successfully conducted our first Bany Akolda Leadership Training Workshop this year. Our SEP Scholars started their second book ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’ by William Kamkwamba of Malawi. The lessons of the book inspired the students to undertake a community project on WASH.
They will develop a curriculum to empower the community with the knowledge on proper hygiene and sanitation which a big need in all the villages of Ariang. To set precedence for the community, our Scholars will go a step further to construct a few pit latrines using locally available materials during the long school break.
We are so happy to see the students stepping forward to address local problems by applying the knowledge they received during our leadership training workshops.
The Scholars are on their journey to becoming good leaders in the society. Congratulations!
Thanks to everyone for supporting the Scholars through financial and in-kind donations. Change is happening.
Women Empowerment: Above And Beyond The Ordinary Expectations
Our Women Empowerment program is expanding. Our WEP graduate is looking into setting up the first tailoring training workshop in her village. Our WEP graduate, Mama Akuach, will lead these efforts. She learned tailoring and have since been making school uniforms with the hope of making some profit to support her kids’ education and to set up this training workshop.
How Successful Is Our Mission Model?
- Our Ariang Network of schools population is 2,500. When we started, Ariang School for example had less than 100 students and had the highest student population amongst our 3 schools.
- 394 students have now graduated from our Ariang Network of Schools since 2011.
- The number of students graduating from our school has doubled in just 10 years.
- Daily average attendance of students has continued to improve each year and the drop-out rate has reduced significantly. This is a powerful indicator that our school culture is improving.
- The number of students transitioning to secondary school has continued to increase for both boys and girls. More and more parents/guardians have realized how vital it is for their kids to receive the highest level of education and are now getting more supportive.
- The gender distribution amongst students is now nearly 1 to 1 – a significant improvement from 1 to 4 (girls to boys) in 2011. This is commendable and worth a celebration and a powerful indicator that our effort to reduce barriers that limit girls to stay in school is paying off.