BENEFITING: PROJECT EDUCATION SUDAN
Liz Miller wrote -
Climb For Sudan Mission Statement:
Climb for Sudan is a partnership between Project Education Sudan and three individuals, Joe Rogers, Nick Spivey and Mike Smith. Like the challenge of this climb, Project Education Sudan has materialized out of a desire from Americans and “Lost Boys” living in the United States to better the lives of the people of southern Sudan. Our mission is to generate further awareness about the emerging country of South Sudan and the dire need to help build an educational infrastructure. Money raised during the Climb for Sudan will fund much needed classrooms, dormitories, bunk beds and desk for schools in three rural villages in Jonglei state.
Climb for Sudan is an adventure that will take these three individuals to the summit of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains in an attempt to raise money and awareness for Project Education Sudan. Although the climb doesn’t focus on speed records or unclimbed terrain, our journey will cover over 300 miles and more than 150,000 vertical feet making it a challenging and inspiring journey from July 2-September 9, 2011.
The goal of Climb for Sudan is to raise $100,000 as well as awareness and understanding of the needs defined by Project Education Sudan (PES), a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Denver, CO, created as a partnership of Sudanese and Americans in response to the destruction that resulted from the civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.
Please visit www.climbforsudan.org for information.
Personal Mission Statement:
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.