Project Education Sudan has received funding from Global Giving donations for bunk beds and bedding for the only all-girls school in the area of Konbeek, Makuac Payam, Bor County. Ayak Anguei Girls Boarding School enrollment is over 450 girls. Two dorms were funded by PES and in order for 104 orphans and distance girls to stay on campus compound to continue school. They were sleeping on the ground warding off poisonous snakes and scorpions.
PES South Sudan Director secured scarce carpenters in the small town of Bor South Sudan in June 2011; Rhino, Ltd. The Kenyan carpenters began construction but abandoned the project July-August 2011 due to Kenyan carpenters returning to Kenya during the flooding and rainy season in South Sudan. PES negotiated an MOU (included) for continuation of building the beds in September 2011. Bunk beds were finally completed in November 2011 after many negotiations. But due to inaccessibility of flooded roads to the girl’s school, delivery had to be delayed until the roads dried up. PES South Sudan Director then negotiated an MOU for storage of bunk beds with Rhino, Ltd until rainy season ended and delivery to the girls school could resume.
PES attempted delivery of bunk beds on November 30, 2011. PES South Sudan Director, Daniel Majok Gai had to secure a truck from the Bor County Commissioner and also secure fuel which is not always available. Roads were impassable and the truck broke down. Delivery abandoned.
On December 1st and 2nd 2011, successful delivery and assembly of beds by workers, girls, school staff and PES field personnel!
As you can see, the project had many obstacles, but thanks to our reliable South Sudan Director, he was persistent and resolved them all. South Sudan is an emerging post conflict country where infrastructure is slow to emerge. Bor County, Jonglei State where PES works does not have the support a big city like Juba has. Other challenges included WFP food shortages resulting in school closure girls, insecurity with Inter-tribal conflict in the area, fuel costs and road infrastructure. In spite of all the obstacles, a positive outcome is our South Sudan Director is now a part of the NGO Education Cluster with the Ministry of Education, which has recognized his ability to trouble shoot, resolve and preserve. He has become recognized as an outstanding leader in his field.