• In January of 2005, Project Education Sudan was founded by Carol Rinehart and “Lost Boy” Isaac Bher when Carol traveled to South Sudan to reunite Isaac with his mother from the village of Konbek in southern Sudan. During their stay in the village, they entered into negotiations with the community elders on how to best serve the village’s educational needs. The elders agreed to an unprecedented need: construction of an all-girls school!
• In 2007 Ayak Anguei Girls’ Primary Boarding School was initiated by the community. The structure was initially built for 300 girls, with mud walls and a thatch roof. Replacing the mud and thatch structure with a more permanent facility that would endure the seasonal flooding and termite damage was taken on in partnership with PESS. In 2008, construction began with PESS and the community working together to create the ONLY all girls school in the region. In 2010 two modern dormitories were built by PESS and the community. These boarding facilities for 700 girls at Ayak Anguei allow the girls to stay on campus to focus on their studies and avoid early arranged marriage.
• The direct outcomes of this project will be an increase in the number of girls enrolling in school, a higher percentage of retention of girls in school, and an overall improvement of the status of women in the region where where 0.8% of girls enroll in primary school (the lowest rate in the world), and where only 400 girls TOTAL in the entire country are in secondary school.(UNESCO 2011)
• Students at the Ayak Anguei Girls’ Primary School want to continue their education but many of their parents cannot pay their school fees.In South Sudan, people live on less than 75 cents a day, one of the poorest countries in the world. There are many eager, bright and talented girls who are unable to pay their fees, including 110 orphans. The students only eat two meals a day provided by the World Food Programme. Most of the parents whose girls are at the school live in extreme poverty and are not able to provide full care to their children. For many of the students, their school uniform is the only clothing that they own.
She’s the First receives a welcome kit with a letter and photo from a student once or twice a year. We’ll update you when we have a new letter, and you can correspond with your sponsored student through our site.
Please note it may take up to three months for a sponsorship to process.
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