The VAD Foundation
The VAD Foundation is a nonprofit organization working in South Sudan to create community-driven development projects. Established by Valentino Deng and Dave Eggers after the publication of What is the What, the Foundation's first major project is the construction and operation of an 18-structure educational complex in Valentino's hometown of Marial Bai, South Sudan.
Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS) has increased access to excellent secondary education, trained teachers, created equal opportunities for girls, and promoted literacy for children and adults in the region. MBSS is the highest ranking South Sudanese secondary school that is free for students to attend, a true leader in the movement to educate the new nation of South Sudan.
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Student Spotlights and Stories
(5/5) "Due to conditions like lack of pocket money and money for school materials, it is not easy to continue with education comfortably."
(4/5)"I need new clothes to be well-dressed, like a student should. But my family is struggling due to the economic and political crisis."
(2/2) "I want to finish my secondary school and go to university but there are academic and social challenges that face girls like me."