What’s New

Update

 

Daniel Interviewed by Colorado Public Radio

Listen to the interview here as Daniel shares his inspirational story of survival with Ryan Warner of Colorado Public Radio. Hear details about the recent conflict, PESS plans for the future, and Daniel's hope as South Sudan and its people begin to rebuild.

 


 

UpdateDear Donors and Friends of Project Education South Sudan, As the crisis in South Sudan enters its third month with no clear path to resolution, we want to update our donors and friends regarding our plans and activities during these past three months as we look to the future.

Daniel Majok Gai & Family

As many of you know, our South Sudan Director, Daniel and his family, escaped the violence in Bor after spending nine days in hiding in the bush without clean water or food. Daniel’s son Thon was critically ill requiring hospitalization. PESS, along with many of you helped Daniel, wife Yom and son Thon evacuate Juba and temporarily relocate to Nairobi, Kenya. Carol Rinehart, our US Director, flew to Nairobi and helped them settle in a two room apartment where their 12-year-old niece and nephew were able to be flown in from the refugee camps to safely join them.

To hear about Daniel's harrowing journey in hiding, please listen to or view the following moving links from: NPR, CPR Colorado Matters,The Denver Post and Al Jazeera America.

 


Making Dreams Come True! YOU Can Too!

 

Our Ayak Anguei Girls School graduates continue to impress us!

We are over the moon excited to share that PESS currently has 14 secondary school girls sponsored at three prestigious schools in Bortown, South Sudan: Malek Academy, Bor College High School, and Lanbgaar Modern Academy. We owe a big thanks to She’s the First (live link: http://www.shesthefirst.org/donate-now/) for sponsoring all 14 girls!

It’s truly an inspiring time for all of us and we could not be more proud of our girls. They are all making history in a country where only 400 girls have made it to the last grade of secondary school. What’s even more exciting is that YOU have the opportunity to change a girl’s destiny forever. Visit the girls’ sponsorship page at: http://projecteducationsouthsudan.org/pages/sponsor_a_girl.html to learn more about the process and join us in this movement to empower the future female leaders of South Sudan!

Making Dreams Come True

 


 

Save The Date!

Saturday, October 26th, 11AM-7PM

 

Colorado Women’s College Half the Sky Fair October 26th to Benefit PESS!

 

On Saturday, October 26th 2013 PESS will once again be the beneficiary at the 4th Annual Half the Sky Fair at our Sister School: Colorado Women’s College. Be sure to join us for a lively celebration of the light and hope that women represent around the world.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping! This year’s event-goers will enjoy fair trade shopping, silent auction bidding, a variety of educational opportunities, and cultural entertainment. The Fair will host several philanthropic exhibitors and vendors in the International Market, which will offer the wares of artisans and businesswomen working around the world to eradicate poverty through entrepreneurship and fair trade.

Come place your bids at the Silent Auction, featuring valuable gifts and services generously donated by both individuals and businesses committed to the advancement of women and girls. Proceeds from the auction will support Project Education South Sudan and International Student Scholarship fund.

 

University Of Denver Womens College

Save The Date!

Saturday, October 26th, 11AM-7PM

 

Half The Sky

 


 

Walls Up at Pagook Primary School!

Pagook School

Construction at Tong Pagook Primary School is underway and walls are going up! Now we are waiting for the roof, doors, and windows to be completed. With your support we are on our way to helping students get in their new classrooms! Thanks to all the Artists who participated in our 4th Art & Artifacts benefit, the funds raised at that event made this progress possible!



BloodSource Blood Bank employees ROCK! Bring clean water to Pagook!

Bloodsource

Bloodsource

BloodSource employees understand the importance of giving back to our community. Through the countless acts of BloodSource employee generosity, families are fed, sick and needy children receive toys, and money is raised to help fund cancer research and clean water wells are provided in South Sudan.

BloodSource employees once again, through their company-giving program, brought hope and a new water well to the community of Pagook! These amazing employees have now funded three wells in three PESS schools. And now they are raising funds to help complete four classrooms at Tong Pagook Primary School. Gratitude from the Pagook community is expressed with the following quotes:

Community Chief, Daniel Machol Nhial: “Thanks to BloodSource for their humble, genuine and full support of our community by continuous provision of clean water!”

Adior Dau, Elderly woman and Mother’s Union member at Pagook Church: “I thank BloodSource for genuine donation of the new well. Water is for Life.”

Ayen Jok, Mother: “Multitude of thanks to BloodSource for providing a new well for us. Women who were travelling from far end of the community to collect clean water to the centre of Pagook are now rescued.”

Awuoi Ayom, Elderly Woman/Community Leader: “Thank you to BloodSource for their tireless support in our community. We appreciate and acknowledge your love and support of our community. We will pray for your health and protection.”



4th Art & Artifacts Benefit a HUGE Success!

 

Art & Artifacts Benefit

The 4th Art & Artifacts Benefit on April 13th hosted by ArtHaus Art Studio was a wonderful evening filled with former Journey of Hope Team members, Lost Boys & Girls dancing and singing, hand sculpted pieces made by the South Sudanese, over 40 artists pieces and African artifacts, long-time and new supporters of PESS.


The call to raise the funds needed to help complete our final "brick & mortar" phase by finishing our final four classroom building to serve 450 students at Tong Pagook Primary School in Baidit Payam, was met and exceeded our expectations!

 

We raised $42,000 thanks to you! This will help us reach our goal by 2013 allowing the students to come out from under a tree and hot sun into a classroom with desks and blackboard!


We want to extend a special thank you to DU Korbel Intern Katherine Burley, Event Director and Ralph & Trish Nagel, Honorary Chairs. We also want to thank all 40 artists, our ArtHaus hosts Michael Gadlin and Aliki McCain, PESS volunteers, corporate sponsors and food donors who made the evening an overwhelming success.

 

Please check out the articles on the event in Urban Spectrum:


http://issuu.com/denverurbanspectrum/docs/dus_april_2013_36_pager_layout_1_opt?mode=windowb

http://issuu.com/denverurbanspectrum/docs/dus_may_2013_36_pager_layout_1_opt?mode=window



PESS is a Girl Effect Challenge Winner!

 

The 12 winners of the 2012 Girl Effect GlobalGiving challenge have been announced.

Throughout November more than $200,000 was raised by nearly 7,000 unique donors on the dedicated girl effect GlobalGiving page. From 70 participating projects, the winning 12 were selected as the six with the highest number of unique donors, plus six more specifically selected by girl effect.

The 12 winning projects will be featured on the girl effect Global Giving page for the whole of 2013, allowing donors to support these fantastic girl-centered projects and put the girl effect into action.

Check out our Unleash the Leaders: 400 Girls in South Sudan project on GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/unleash-the-leaders-400-girls-in-south-sudan/

Girl Effect

 


Art & Artifacts 2013

 

We are pleased to announce our Fourth Art & Artifacts Benefit! Colorado and nationally renowned artists have donated their work to raise funds for the last phase of the fourth and final school that PESS has helped build. Every piece of artwork will be inspired by this year’s theme of “Sustaining Hope”. Save the date and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information about the artists:

When: April 13th, 2013 6:00-9:00pm
Where: ArtHaus Gallery 3343 Larimer Street, Denver, CO

 

Art+Artifacts

 


PESS is a Girl Effect Challenge Winner!

 

The 12 winners of the 2012 Girl Effect GlobalGiving challenge have been announced.

Throughout November more than $200,000 was raised by nearly 7,000 unique donors on the dedicated girl effect GlobalGiving page. From 70 participating projects, the winning 12 were selected as the six with the highest number of unique donors, plus six more specifically selected by girl effect.

The 12 winning projects will be featured on the girl effect Global Giving page for the whole of 2013, allowing donors to support these fantastic girl-centered projects and put the girl effect into action.

Check out our Unleash the Leaders: 400 Girls in South Sudan project on GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/unleash-the-leaders-400-girls-in-south-sudan/

Girl Effect

 

New Korbel Interns and Admin!

 

PESS has a longstanding relationship with the Korbel School of International Studies and African Initiatives at the University of Denver and we are excited to welcome the following talented women to our internship team: Lauren Birge, Megan Walker, Laura Lloyd-Braff, Alex Sheldon, and Katherine Burley

Lauren Birge received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Beloit College and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She has traveled and lived abroad in several different countries, including studying abroad in Mongolia and coordinating two Service Learning Trips to the Dominican Republic and Panama while at Beloit. Before starting graduate school, she lived and worked in central Mexico for a non-profit that she founded to provide financial and programming assistance to a home for displaced children and community center in central Mexico. She is excited to be working with PESS because she believes the work we are doing to improve education and empower young girls and boys is vital to building strong communities. Lauren’s internship involves working on the Girl’s Leadership Development: Student Government for Girls by Girls.

Megan Walker attended undergrad at The George Washington University where she majored in International Affairs with a Minor in French Language and Literature. She served as a Congressional Intern for former Congressman Ken Calvert, worked as a Research Intern for the College of International Security Affairs and a Development Intern for Right to Play USA. She is looking forward to interning with PESS because she is passionate about the link between development and education and hopes to work in the field following graduation from the University of Denver. Megan’s internship involves working on the Girl’s Leadership Development: Student Government for Girls by Girls.

Laura Lloyd-Braff is a first year Master’s Degree candidate in International Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, pursuing a certificate in Global Health Affairs. Laura has volunteered in Nepal, Ghana, and, most recently in Ukraine. Working in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she taught English to children ages 5 to 17 in a rural village and worked with local counterparts to manage a number of projects to improve her community. Laura is excited to work with PESS because she wants to continue helping bring education to people in transient countries and broaden her skills as a development worker. She is very impressed with everything PESS has done and is excited to be a part of it! Laura’s internship involves working on the Feminine Hygiene/HIV Education Initiative.

We are also pleased to welcome a new staff member to PESS from Korbel. Alex Sheldon is joining us as the Program Analyst and Office Manager at our Denver office.

Alex Sheldon received her B.A. in Psychology from Whittier College and is currently pursuing a M.A. in International Human Rights at the Korbel School of International Studies with a certificate in Global Health Affairs. She recently returned from Peace Corps service in the Eastern Caribbean during which she worked as a Youth Development and HIV/AIDS Awareness volunteer. Alex brings to PESS a great deal of experience in various non-profits, including the Human Rights Campaign and the American Cancer Society, and most recently worked as a researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) refugee identities at ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration in San Francisco. Alex is excited to join the PESS team and help to promote access to education in South Sudan.

Katherine Burley is studying International Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She has previously volunteered in Costa Rica teaching English and Ghana in the orphanage system. Katherine's background is in pediatric psychosocial healthcare and works as a Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado. Katherine is excited to be interning at PESS as an Event and Program Associate to get experience in event planning, fundraising, and programming. She is eager to explore the dynamics of US based NGO's with international missions. Katherine will primarily be working on the Arts and Artifact event.

New Korbel Interns and Admin

 

Project Education South Sudan    P.O. Box 6851    Denver, Colorado 80206

(303) 316-4528     info@ProjectEducationSudan.org