are typically grass huts
In 2011, South Sudan became the newest country in the world and one of the least developed in terms of the economy, infrastructure, health, and education. Today's challenges are traced to the effects of two civil wars from 1955 to 1972 and 1983 to 2005. Since December 2013, South Sudan has struggled again with new setbacks fueled by internal conflicts over power, tribal affiliation and resources. More than 700,000 people have been displaced.
In the early 1980s during the Second Sudanese Civil War, nearly 30,000 fled when southern Sudanese villages came under attack. They walked 1,000 miles to the first of three refugee camps where survivors spent childhoods. In 2001, about 3,800 dubbed the Lost Boys of Sudan were invited to come to the U.S. and become citizens. Our Raising South Sudan project was created in response to dreams of providing education in home villages, starting with Unity State, a region greatly affected by war and internal conflict, where only one in ten children has attended a permanent primary school and has access to latrines and clean water. More than 90% of adults can't read. The dream was inspired by James Lubo Mijak and Ngor Kur Mayol who both come from Pariang County and the villages of Nyarweng and Aliap respectively.
plans to make much-needed resources such
as clean drinking water more available.
In 2013, the Raising South Sudan project opened the first permanent primary school in Lubo's home village of Nyarweng, including four classrooms, teacher offices, and a kitchen/storage area. Installation of classroom and office furniture is on hold until normal transportation patterns resume in Unity State, but the school is open. In a spirit of collaboration, the Raising South Sudan project is also partnering with nonprofit SAORO to support an orphanage and school called Gumriak (“those who survived the disaster”) founded by former Lost Boy James Manyror in the same county of Pariang. In the current state of affairs, building a planned school in Aliap is not feasible. But we are exploring the possibility of providing a select number of scholarships to Aliap children to attend Gumriak.
training, books, and ongoing support.
Research shows that conflict interrupts children’s education in a myriad of ways, delaying development of youth and their country. The flip side of the coin is that education helps foster peace and stability, yet education is typically under-resourced. We invite supporters to continue working with us to adapt and bring schools, education, teacher training and literacy projects to South Sudan. Grass-roots nonprofit projects like Raising South Sudan are essential to communities that otherwise receive no support.
and Phillips Bragg
Former Lost Boys James Lubo Mijak and Ngor Kur Mayol, visionaries for the Raising South Sudan project, remain key catalysts and inspirations. Lubo serves as Nyarweng project liaison in South Sudan, coordinating with Michael Miyom, project manager for the Gumriak orphanage and school.
A few special people serve as volunteer project catalysts in the U.S.: Mothering Across Continents Board Member Phillips Bragg, Karen Puckett, and Martha Kearse. All have traveled to South Sudan and the sites of the Raising South Sudan project.