Greg Larson wrote -
A decade ago I read a book about the life story of a South Sudanese man named Valentino Achak Deng, and spent the next five years helping him create a high school and educational center in his hometown of Marial Bai, in a rural region of war-ravaged South Sudan.
Since then, the VAD Foundation has educated 2,900 young people, including 600 girls, and has provided educational programs for thousands more on gender equality, hygiene, tolerance, and non-violence. The VAD Foundation runs teacher-training programs to encourage young South Sudanese to become educators, and provides vocational training to give youth the skills they need to succeed. Earlier this year, I was proud to join the VAD Foundation's board of directors.
I'm hoping to raise $5,000 by December 31 to support the students of Marial Bai Secondary School as they prepare for the next school year, which starts in early 2017.
This is a small, lean, grassroots nonprofit where 100% of donations go directly to programs. A $50 donation provides a student with textbooks, $100 provides supplies for a chemistry student, and $500 helps expand the girls' dormitory—to enroll the best and brightest young women from across South Sudan as boarding students.
Please join me in helping the VAD Foundation continue to create quality educational opportunities in South Sudan.
For more information, please visit www.vadfoundation.org.
And here's a New York Times video about Valentino’s school that Nicholas Kristof produced last year.
Many thanks for your support—