Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, SSAORO received a contribution of $10,000 that will allow an exceptional student to attend secondary school on a four year scholarship.
The donor has also stepped forward with a matching grant challenge, pledging to match, dollar-for-dollar contributions received towards additional scholarships up to $10,000 by December 21, 2015. This will permit 2 more girls to receive scholarships!
Update: As of August 22, 2015, we have met our goal of $10,000! We now have sufficient funds to send three girls to secondary school for four years. Additionally, we have scholarship money for a boy and are looking for opportunities to raise funds to send more boys to secondary school. Thank you for your continued generosity!
School classes in South Sudan run from February through December. In December of 2015 Gumriak will celebrate the first Grade 8 graduating class. This is a remarkable accomplishment for these outstanding young people who have endured poverty and civil war throughout their young lives.
In South Sudan ongoing conflicts and cultural norms impact education:
- Approximately 50% of school age children attend primary schools (grades P1 - P8).
- Only 3.5% of students attend secondary school (grades S1-S4).
- About 14% of girls starting primary school graduate.
- Only 20% of girls who graduate primary school attend secondary school.
- Of 123 countries with comparable data, South Sudan ranks second to last in providing primary education.
- At the secondary school level South Sudan ranks last.
- Gender equality is a challenge with girls only accounting for 39% of those attending primary school.
Sources: South Sudan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology; UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; CIA World Factbook.
Meet our top students:
Achol Thon Kur
Graduating at the top of her class, she excels in her studies and in leadership. Here she is addressing a group of lower school students. Achol lost her father during the civil war and her mother to TB in 2006. She aspires to further her education at a full four year program. She hopes to attend a private school in Rumbek state, South Sudan that is run by the Sisters of Loreto. You can read more about the school here: http://www.loreto.ie/rumbek
Nyanpiot Miabok Chol
Nyanpiot is graduating as the second highest girl in the 2015 graduating class. Her father is paralyzed and is under medical care in Khartoum. She lives with her mother in Pariang. Advancing her education is a priority for her and SSAORO hopes to make that goal attainable.
Education is the key to helping South Sudan overcome poverty and provide a brighter future for the country. Scholarships for a secondary education allow SSAORO to continue our mission to encourage children in South Sudan to pursue an education.
Please help us to meet this very generous challenge. Your donation will immediately be doubled and have an even greater impact on helping us to meet the education needs of South Sudanese girls.
To contribute via check please note “JC Challenge Grant” on the memo line and send to:
6653 W. Ida Place, Suite 814
Littleton, CO 80123-2615
Or donate online and indicate “JC Challenge Grant” under Purpose.