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Raising South Sudan

Help educate children from the Nyarweng and Gumriak primary schools.

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It was the dreams of three former “Lost Boys of Sudan” – James "Lubo" Mijak of Charlotte, NC; Ngor Kur Mayol of Atlanta, GA; and James Manyror, near Denver, CO – that led to the founding of the Nyarweng and Gumriak primary schools in South Sudan. As children, they survived war, epic walks to safety, and life in refugee camps; became US citizens; and promised to build schools in their home villages. The dream is very much alive thanks to continued support from individuals, churches, and foundations, as well as in-country management guidance and support from nonprofit Mothering Across Continents.

The Nyarweng and Gumriak primary schools serve 800 students grades 1-8. Both schools consistently rank in the Top Ten based on national exam scores in Ruweng State, South Sudan. Community and government leaders describe these schools as essential to the country’s hopes for quality education and economic development.

The operating budget is $120,000 for the year, with a modest wish list for extras. There's a need for 50 more desks that each provide seating for three students and cost $150 per desk. The school buildings are newly repaired, but it would be great to have them painted with words, numbers, and images that make them “talking schools.” And the teachers and students always need more books and tablet-based resources for English, science, and math. Ten thousand dollars for that would be a blessing.

With sustained support, the original dreams of “Lubo,” Ngor, and James continue to unfold in new and exciting ways. In 2023, the first group of Nyarweng and Gumriak graduates to attend boarding high school finished and took national exams. They passed with flying colors and most entered a special two-month university training course on how to manage primary school classrooms. With new knowledge and skills, they returned to the Nyarweng and Gumriak primary schools as teachers. Each received a computer tablet pre-loaded with instructional content. The Teach for America model inspired us to create a way for them to give back but with an approach adapted for South Sudan. In 2024, for the first time, some of the original primary school graduates will be old enough to apply for Raising South Sudan and other university scholarships.

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Raising South SudanSM is a project of US 501c3 nonprofit Mothering Across ContinentsSM