Nyolo Hope Primary School Needs Windows, Doors, and Floors

For: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Graders of Nyolo Hope School, South Sudan
Portland, ME
Organizer: ASERELA, Self-Reliance for South Sudan - Portland, Maine
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 14 donors
9% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Children attending the Nyolo Hope Primary School are very eager to learn. Given the chance, these students will become tomorrow's leaders in South Sudan, where sadly the rate of illiteracy for females is the worst in the world, and this young democracy continues its struggles to make progress.

The 3 rudimentary village school buildings that comprise the Nyolo Hope Primary School, remain only partially built. But through your kind generosity and our last fundraiser, we were able to raise sufficient funds to buy metal sheet roofing which prevented the buildings from collapsing during the rainy season. 

As a result there is a renewed pride in the community, and more than 700 students total (and nearly 400 girls) were attending school by the end of last year. This is a remarkable achievement of which ASERELA is very proud.

Unfortunately in the past several months war has broken out in the north (about 60 miles away) and has impacted the families of many students. Food shortages and starvation are a threat in the region so nearly 300 children have stopped attending school to either help their family raise crops or forage in the wild for food. We're hopeful ongoing efforts within and outside the country will bring peace once again.

In the mean time, at ASERELA we continue to raise funds for improving the school. Each of our three buildings have dirt floors, no windows, and no doors. We'd like to change that. With your kindness once again, ASERELA will purchase the materials, and coordinate the labor among villagers to install doors and windows to keep the rain, wind and dust out of the classrooms.

With your help, we can afford to complete that work.

100% of all funds donated to ASERELA go directly to improving the school in the Nyolo/Kit region. All ASERELA members are volunteers. ASERELA is a 501c(3) non-profit established in Portland, Maine, USA by refugees of the South Sudanese civil war. 

You can learn more about ASERELA, our mission, and the successes we've had in helping the forgotten children in South Sudan's rural Kit region on our website: aserela.org Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 18, 2015

Posted on March 18, 2015

We just learned from Robert, our Aserela field coordinator in South Sudan, that the corrugated iron sheet, which is used for roofing, has dropped in price by about a third (due to the current strength of the American dollar). ASERELA can now buy 1 sheet of roofing for $20USD versus $30USD. We're so grateful for our early contributions. Robert said that if we get to the $1000 level and can forward on that money, that will be an adequate starting amount to hire a truck to do a run to Ugandan for the first load of roof materials.

More good news! The parents of the school children have come together and said if that first purchase happens soon, they also will make a financial contribution of what they can toward roof trusswork lumber. (For us here in the United States, it is hard to imagine they have much to chip in since average wages are under $2 per day. But their eagerness to have a dry school for their young children is resolute, and this certainly shows the wonderful spirit of all the commuity behind the school construction in the village.

Posted on March 16, 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015

We've had some questions about where the Nyolo Primary School is located in South Sudan. The country is about the size of France... a little smaller than the State of Texas, USA. And geographically, the school is located in a rural region about 60 miles south of the capital city of Juba, not far from the Ugandan border. Fortunately, the school is very, very far south from the current border region struggles near the oil fields in the northern part of the country. See the map in our photo gallery for a better idea. And thank you for your interest!

Posted on March 13, 2015

Posted on March 13, 2015

We have just begun to get word out on the ASERELA "School Roof Before The Rainy Season" Fundraiser. And we have a few early generous and kind supporters already. Thank you so much!

We've added a few photos to the gallery we'd like to share with you. And we apologize for the low quality as they were taken with a very basic cellphone camera on-site at the Nyolo Primary School, and sent to us recently by one of the members of ASERELA who lives in the village. They show children outside the unfinished building that has no roof. Another showing some of the orphaned students who are currently enrolled. And a photo of a some the the items purchased by ASERELA (in late 2014, prior to the roof campaign)... which included materials for the building of latrines and a couple of soccer balls (footballs) for school activites.

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