In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to spread quality education to all parts of the world, we kicked off our Scholar’s Empowerment Program (SEP) to enable committed graduates of Ariang Primary to transition to secondary schools. We have selected nine students to join Senior One (9th Grade) and will support them through Senior Four. This program will sponsor nine students in 2019 and grow that number by six each year. A total of 27 students will benefit from this sponsorship by 2022. We welcome your donation towards this program. Enable a student to complete his or her secondary school education in South Sudan.

Get To Know Them Better – Happy To Share Their Stories

One of the top female students in Ariang Primary in the national primary examination of 2017, Nyalong, did not have someone to fund her secondary education 

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 and, therefore, stayed at home doing family chores and farm work.

She is one of the students who has shown a great commitment and passion for education. She has been married and with two kids but that does not hold her back from pursuing her career goals. She aspires to be a doctor. She is also always on the frontline in advocating for women’s rights. She says that if laws and policies that protect rights for women and girls are enforced, many girls would go to school and would be able to develop economically.  

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Marko’s story stirs emotions every time it is shared. Marko is an orphan and there is no one to pay for his school fees. So, he has never joined secondary school 

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 since he graduated from Ariang School in 2017 with good grades.

He has been farming in an effort to raise money with the hope of joining secondary school someday. He is very determined and committed to education. He demonstrates a high level of leadership qualities. He sends a lot of gratitude to SEP sponsors for giving him an opportunity to continue his education.

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Monica is the first female president of South Sudan in the making. She was lucky to join senior one after graduating from Ariang Primary in 2017. However, 

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her family was unable to continue paying her school fees.

In her first year of schooling in secondary school, Monica was often in and out of school due to lack of fees and learning materials such as books and pens. She demonstrates great advocacy for girl child education. Monica speaks highly of her brother who tried his best to ensure that she completes her secondary school education even though he failed. She says that his brother is one of the few men who understand that education is a fundamental right for everyone even if he himself did not get that chance.

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Mary is a last born in a family of four. She is passionate about education and performs very well in class. Mary decided to put marriage life aside, despite pressure, to concentrate on her studies first. 

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She hopes to bring a positive impact to her community-especially women and girls. Due to her family’s financial challenges, she is unsure if she will be able to enroll in a high school. She also demonstrates strong communication and leadership skills. She is aware of a lot of civic, social and cultural environments. This is a very important skill of the 21st-century.

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John was lucky to join senior one after graduating from Ariang Primary. However, like Monica, John has also been in and out of school due to lack of school fees and learning materials.

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 He demonstrates determination in his work. He understands that a lot could be achieved in ending generational poverty if people invested in quality education and activities that promote gender equality and economic progress. He wants to be a role model for many young people in South Sudan.

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Sarah demonstrates great emotional intelligence and teamwork. She participates a lot in class and likes coaching others during her free time. 

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 Talking to Sarah, you will realize that she understands very well that education has the potential to take you places. She, therefore, pursues her educational goals with passion and determination and maintains passing grades.

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Dhal is born in a family of 8 other kids. His dad and his 2 wives are small scale farmers. Dhal did well in his primary 8 national exams despite many financial and family 

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 challenges. He participates a lot in class and likes coaching his fellow students. He has very good communication and problem-solving skills. He understands South Sudan’s social and cultural settings which align very well with his dream of becoming a leader. His second option is to become a doctor.

HOPE selected him for sponsorship because he demonstrated potential growth in many areas that relate to the community. We hope he becomes a role model and influences many young people to become successful in life.

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Priskila has a very clear career goal of becoming a teacher. She spends most of her time honing her communication and leadership skills. His dad (deceased) had 

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 wives and 6 kids. Priskila lives with her mother who encourages her to continue with education even though she is unable to raise her daughter’s secondary school fees. Her mother is a small scale farmer and Priskila helps her with farm work and house chores.

HOPE team was impressed by her unique application and persistence in achieving her career goals alongside her passing grades.

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Kerubino is a very talented student. He maintains passing grades and balanced performances in all subjects. His dad has 2 wives (all deceased) and seven kids. 

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 Kerubino now lives with his elder brother who provides him with basic needs. His brother is a small scale farmer and can barely afford to pay secondary school fees for Kerubino.

HOPE was very much moved by Kerubino’s adaptability and problem-solving skills alongside his good foundational (literacy & numeracy) skills. His career goal is to become a doctor so that he can treat the sick and be a role model for the young generation.

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