Liz Miller via Crowdrise
July 30, 2011
BENEFITING: PROJECT EDUCATION SUDAN
HOURS PLEDGED: 150
Climb For Sudan Mission Statement:
Project Education Sudan was approached by two mountain climbers, Joe Rogers and Nick Spivey, who were inspired by the “Lost Boys” of Sudan’s 1,000-mile journey across three countries. Joe and Nick are long-time climbing buddies who wanted to climb together this summer like they did back in Alaska when they were roommates in college. They wanted to make their climb bigger than just two guys hanging out together, they wanted to climb in honor of something larger so they decided to dedicate their effort to the former “Lost Boys” of Sudan and the people of Sudan.
At Project Education Sudan, we said, “Wait a minute – aren’t we allclimbers?” To climb is to reach for something greater than ourselves, to rise up, to ascend. It all started to become clear. The people of South Sudan are climbers. The “Lost Boys” are climbers. Our volunteers and people who help us build schools in Sudan are climbers. Our donors are climbers. The school children and families here in Colorado who reach out with their letters and pictures to children and families in Sudan are climbers too. With that realization the Climb for Sudan was born.
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South Sudan will become the newest nation in the world on July 9, 2011. For 20 years they have struggled for independence and freedom through unimaginable challenges. We honor the people of South Sudan and for 70 days this summer, from July 2 to September 9, we will celebrate their independence and the importance of education as they build a nation. We will be looking for climbers to join us … people who want to raise awareness about the struggle in South Sudan, people who can give a little money to help with our school projects, and businesses, schools, churches who will sponsor the Climb For Sudan or events to celebrate the birth of a nation.
All of the money raised, aside from a few expenses, will be used to build classrooms and dormitories in South Sudan. It's key for them to build the dormitories and the classrooms, because it is too far for the children to walk home and to school every day. Ultimately, the money raised will see that all children of South Sudan receive an education so they may emerge as leaders of their new nation.
Oh, and did we already mention that through organizations collaborating with Project Education Sudan, latrines and water systems will also be built in the villages where the schools are?
Please visit www.climbforsudan.org for information.
Personal Mission Statement:
I have chosen to work for this organization for a very special reason. For several years, I have been closely connected with a Southern Sudanese family living in North Carolina (comprised of Moses and Salma who in their late 20s and their four adorable young sons). (SEE 2nd ROW OF PHOTOS AT LEFT!) They have been refugees in the United States for almost five years and are hardworking, passionate people. Their immensely moving stories regarding life in Sudan have impacted me so greatly that since knowing them, I have been dedicated to doing all I can to help create positive change in their home country.
I have been interning with Project Education Sudan since September 2010! I have been working on the development of a GIRLS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM at the all-girls primary school, Ayak Anguei, in Konbek (Southern Sudan).
Let me tell you something awesome.... Carol (ED of PES) just got back from Sudan with 75 surveys that the girls at Ayak took sharing with us their thoughts, feelings & hopes for themselves and their lives!
What I love most about PES is its CENTRAL FOCUS on COMMUNITY COLLABORATION. We are not a "hand-out" organization. We work WITH the villages to enable them to learn and live sustainably. We do not continue our work without their help!
Change must always come from within, and we are working to grant these amazing villages the tools to produce that change themselves.
Southern Sudan is in the midst of enormous changes while becoming its own country. Amidst the challenges to come, there is HOPE!
Please join me in supporting an organization that is fully committed to the education of the children of Southern Sudan. They are the ones who will be running this new country...and with your support, they can have an abundance of opportunities toward positive growth.
I believe in the POTENTIAL of these incredibly motivated and strong children and young adults. They already have everything within them to succeed, but simply need a way to bring it out. Education is the key to making this happen, and you can help! :)
My goals are heavily influenced by my commitment and dedication to serving others in a way that is based on empowerment and creating opportunities for personal growth and change. My background in advocacy, working with youth and women, community building and leadership development has instilled the ultimate motivation to find ways to give others the tools they can use to improve their own lives in the ways they see will help them the most. I am not a "savior" or a "rescuer" but a collaborator and an advocate.