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In South Sudan, 6,754 miles away from Syracuse, N.Y., Hope for Ariang is changing the norms around education. Currently, the country has a 27 percent literacy rate, and is ranked second to last in providing children access to education.
Westborough – After attending a special program in October, called The Power of Hope, with guest speaker Gabriel Bol Deng, several students from the Mill Pond School approached their teachers to see if there was anything they could do to help.
In 2011, after an unflagging fund-raising campaign supported by many in Central N.Y., South Sudanese former “Lost Boy” and Le Moyne College alumnus Gabriel Bol Deng realized his dream of building a primary school in his home village of Ariang.
The lives of children in the village of Ariang, in southern Sudan, have been greatly improved now that they can learn their lessons at a desk inside a school building rather than sitting under a tree.
Gabriel was ten years old when he lost his parents during the war in southern Sudan. It was 1987 when the northern Sudanese militiamen invaded his village of Ariang. The militia swept through the village, killing its inhabitants and burning everything in sight.