Project Education South Sudan

The mission of Project Education South Sudan (PESS) is to help fund and support the building of primary schools in rural South Sudan. PESS emphasizes the inclusion of girls and women in the educational opportunities it promotes. PESS fosters community empowerment and leadership development in order to ensure that educational progress is sustainable.
Feb 1, 2013

Journey of Hope South Sudan Phase I School Garden

Kudual Areetic! Or great big hello in Dinka language!

I am heading off to South Sudan Feb. 12- March 7th to help our South Sudan Director, Daniel Majok Gai, Ayak Anguei Girls' School Head Master James Deng and Head Matron, Elizabeth Awuoi to research and begin implementing Phase I of the School Community Garden as part of the girl's leadership development program.

 PESS is working with three great, intelligent, bright & savvy Korbel School of International
Studies, University of Denver female Grad students using  CARE's:Girl's Competency-based Approach to Leadership along with Population Council's Girl-Centered Program Design: A Toolkit to Develop, Strengthen & Expand Adolescent Girls Program.

The School Community Garden Program will focus on utilizing the girl's school Prefect System and further develop the school Prefect System to include leadership components including 1.) Mentorship (higher grade girls guiding lower grade girls) 2.) Decision-making 3.) Developing Self-Confidence 4.) Organization 5.)Vision/ability to
motivate others.   By developing these competencies, girls are positioned to “gain public legitimacy” with other girls
and community members and take civic action in the community.

The girls will be an integral part of the process from establishing an election campaign, recruitment of PTA (Parent-Teacher Association), deciding location of garden, establishing plowing, planting,cultivating and harvesting responsibilities, forming a rotation of students to fulfill the tasks, to harvesting for school food consumption and bringing excess harvest to market raising funds for school activities.

By empowering themselves and their peers, the girls will demonstrate to their communities the model of cooperation, inclusion, and shared vision.

Please continue supporting the girls with their next steps in developing a Student Government model for their school that they are hoping to share with other schools and Ministry of Education.

I will return from South Sudan with exciting updates, stories,and photos  from the girls to share with
you. Your continued support brings hope to the future female leaders in a country where only 0.8% of girls are enrolled in primary school. Ayak Anguei girls are making history: 17 out of 23 matriculated to secondary school! Help them become recognized strong leaders in their community!


Yin ca leec areetic,  (Thank you very much in Dinka language!)

Carol Francis-Rinehart
Executive Director/Founder

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Jan 8, 2013

Off to South Sudan to deliver blankets and pillows

We want to thank all the GlobalGiving donors who made it possible for 104 orphan’s girls to now have the needed bedding they requested: blankets and pillow!

They will be having sweet dreams now that their bunk beds and mattresses are complete with
blankets and pillows!

Our U.S. team is departing to South Sudan on February 12- March 7th to purchase and
deliver the bedding  to the girls at Ayak Anguei Girls Primary Boarding School, the only all girls boarding school in the region.

We are all so excited to meet up with the girls and celebrate the 17 out of 23 that
matriculated onto secondary school this past May! In South Sudan, only 0.8% of girls attend primary school and less than 1% graduate from secondary school...so you can see why we are so very excited!

The girls at Ayak Anguei have had a very challenging year in 2012. Their six classroom community built building was destroyed by a tornado and they had to evacuate their school during their last school term due to inter-tribal conflict. But the Anguei girls DID NOT GIVE UP THEIR EDUCATION! They went into the town of Bor and continued their education until their classrooms were rebuilt! The girls returned to Ayak Anguei this past September to continue the legacy of completing their primary education and continuing onto secondary!

Their new classrooms are almost complete and when our U.S. team goes in February and
March, school will resume after Christmas Holiday, we will capture the happy students in their new classrooms!

We thank you all for making this project come to a successful end and helping us provide the needed bedding for 104 orphan girls!

Please check out our next project focusing on Ayak Anguei Girls School: UNLEASH THE LEADERS!
It is a program we are developing on girl’s student government FOR GILRS BY GIRLS. It was selected from the Global Giving Girl Effect Challenge as one of the highlighted programs to be included in The Girl Effect Global Giving donors 2013 funding!

Once again, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to your contribution to UNLEASH THE LEADER girl's student government for girls by girls in 2013!

Yin ca leec areetic (thank you very much in Dinka Language)

Carol Francis-Rinehart, U.S Director                                       Daniel Majok Gai, South Sudan Director

matriculated Anguei Girls!
matriculated Anguei Girls!
taking  a break from exams!
taking a break from exams!

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Oct 9, 2012

Update: Miracles after Challenges: 104 orphan Girls South Sudan

Ayak Anguei Girls
Ayak Anguei Girls

When you are working in the newest emergent country in the nation, The Republic of South Sudan, there are many challenges, especially in a country where Only 0.8% of girls in South Sudan complete elementary school, ranking South Sudan among the world’s worst for gender parity. UNESCO 2011

A tornado hit Ayak Anguei Girls School located in Konbek, Bor County and demolished 6 of their classrooms. Then insecurity from inter-tribal conflict forced the school to close. The girls did not give up their schooling!  They moved to another school in a more secure area until the unrest was settled and continued their education! UNICEF and UKAID are now rebuilding the classrooms and the girls returned to school on September 17th! 

 But against all these odds, 17 out of 23 girls matriculated  from Ayak Anguei Girls Boarding School to Secondary School in a country where  only 400 girls TOTAL are in the last class of secondary in the entire country! This historic number from one school could not have been possible without the generosity of  Global Giving donors who helped  provide dormitories and  bunk beds! 

 This past summer, two female Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver graduate interns went to Ayak Anguei Girls School in South Sudan where they did field data gathering: one to measure the impact of providing boarding and beds in the newly constructed dorms and the impact of keeping girls on campus without them returning home each night putting them at risk for  early arranged marriage and family chores not allowing them to continue their studies. The other field survey data collected was measuring the need and follow up  of feminine hygiene sanitary pad distribution and the impact on girl's absenteeism.

There was significant quantitative evidence that the girls surveyed from Ayak Anguei Girls Boarding school compared to the girls at another coed primary school were more literate and had the ability to express themselves in English ( the primary language taught  in schools) and give voice to their dreams of fulfilling their education into Secondary school due to boarding and bedding to keep them on campus without interruption to their education.

Annah Angeth Awan, an honor student and an orphan who lost her father in the war, is blessed to have an unusual mother who keeps encouraging her daughter to continue her education "I'm lucky to have a mother who allows me to go to school because she says, ' Education is the key of live and is everything in this world'. Annah has a dream "One day I will serve the world." She works for the betterment of her individual schoolmates and her community as whole. Her dreams are to become a doctor and help her people have access to healthcare. " I could not have this opportunity without being able to board and stay in school to focus on my studies. Thank you for helping achieve my dreams."

Another young girl child student at Ayak Anguei Girls Boarding School wrote a beautiful poem to express how much she values learning: 

CHILD OF THE FUTURE

I am a small child, but I am the person of the future.
I am the goodness of my land and I will do my best.
Teach me that my mind may accept the word of learning.
Learning is power; learning is the best in life today ever.

 Rebecca Ajah Makuach, P6, Ayak Anguei Primary School
If the World Were My Classroom” Anthology

How much more inspiring could these girls, over coming so many challenges from their culture, natural disaster and "against all odds" be than what Annah and Rebecca have expressed?

Thank you ( yin ca leec areetic) to all you who continue to meet the challenge by helping these future female leaders of South Sudan continue their education. By providing a safe place to sleep and a warm blanket and pillow to rest their head they are ready for their next day of studies!

With Gratitude,

On behalf of the 400 girls at Ayak Anguei Girls Baording School

Carol Francis-Rinehart
Co-Founder/Executive Director  

Anguei Girls
Anguei Girls
Annah Angeth Awan
Annah Angeth Awan
Annah Angeth Awan P8
Annah Angeth Awan P8
Ayak Anguei boarding girls on bunk beds
Ayak Anguei boarding girls on bunk beds

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