Monday, June 21, 2010

Project Education Sudan

Building Hope in Southern Sudan

Project Education Sudan is a US 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization created as a partnership of Sudanese and Americans in response to the destruction that resulted from the twenty-year civil war between northern and Southern Sudan. Our mission is to fund and support indigenous Sudanese organizations and communities that build primary and secondary schools, and to train teachers in rural villages in Southern Sudan. Project Education Sudan believes that sustained prosperity is dependent on the ability of children and adults to receive primary and secondary education and skills training.

The Mission

Project Education Sudan works with community leaders and village elders in Sudan to help them build, staff, train and supply primary and secondary schools, as well as to provide adult education. We emphasize the inclusion of girls and women in the educational opportunities we promote. We support the local economy and development of local entrepreneurship by helping fund school construction and by donating commercial grain grinders, sewing machines, cinderblock making equipment to each village.

We are committed to bringing clean water and healthcare to the communities where we help build schools through partnerships with other international and indigenous organizations.

Project Education Sudan follows the UNICEF accountability model in funding projects, project inspection, and verification of spending requests, working closely with Sudanese organizations and communities that we support to ensure transparency. Our Executive Director and a team of dedicated volunteers perform the activities of PES without compensation.

The mission of Project Education Sudan as a US 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, is to fund and support indigenous organizations that create educational infrastructure in rural Southern Sudan. A twenty-year civil war between northern and Southern Sudan demolished the existing educational system in the South. In 2005, Carol Rinehart and former Southern Sudanese “Lost Boy” Isaac Khor Bher founded Project Education Sudan. When Isaac was only five years old, he had been forced to flee the destruction of his village of Konbek and to live for decades in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before immigrating to the United States. In May of 2005, the year the war in Southern Sudan finally ended, Isaac and Carol journeyed back to Konbek to reunite Isaac with his family. There, they saw the dire educational needs of the villagers. Currently, Project Education Sudan works cooperatively with rural communities to support the building of schools in three villages of Southern Sudanese “Lost Boys” in Bor County, Jonglei State.

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