March 2017 News and Updates

March 2017 News and Updates

March marks the South Sudan Secondary School certificate exams. Our 50 seniors who finished their coursework last December came back on campus to take the days' long exam. In February, Valentino visited his second home, the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where he spent nine years of his life before emigrating to the United States. Also in this issue--our annual report is hot off the press and we invite our Bay Area supporters to our first guest bartending fundraiser on April 7th.
 

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Yvonne Chen
July 2016 Updates

July 9, 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence. On behalf of Valentino and the people of South Sudan, the VAD Foundation would like to share some good news with you about our school and our hopes for the future. 

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Yvonne Chen
February 2016 Updates

This month, Marial Bai Secondary School opened for our eighth academic year! This should be celebrated as an incredible accomplishment among our donor community. Your support has not only sustained, but also grown an education center in South Sudan against many trials and continued conflict.

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Yvonne Chen
December 2015 Update

December is a busy month for MBSS students as they finished up the 2014 school year and return home to prepare for the dry season. The VAD Foundation knows you have been busy too!

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Yvonne Chen
October 2015 Updates

The rainy season in South Sudan is coming to a close. Marsh areas are drying and the school farm has been harvested to feed students for the rest of the school year. The academic year comes to a close in November. Twelfth grade students have begun studying for their national secondary school exam

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Yvonne Chen
August 2015 Updates

It has been a busy summer here at the VAD Foundation. Marial Bai Secondary School is preparing for a USAID-sponsored writing workshop, during which thirty students from all of Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s high schools will converge and work together to write a chapbook about peace, conflict, and what South Sudan means to them.

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Yvonne Chen
July 2015 Update

On July 9th, South Sudan celebrated four years of independence. While conflict continues in the world’s youngest nation, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation holds out hope that peace is on the horizon.

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Yvonne Chen
June 2015 Updates

The school farm began planting last semester before the start of the rainy season. As students return this June from their short break to begin the second semester, their seedlings have matured and will continue to grow until the annual harvest.

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Yvonne Chen
May 2015 Update

April was an exciting month for the VAD Foundation. Students at MBSS are enjoying cooler weather as they prepare for the rainy season. The school accepted an additional 50 students from the Jonglei State. 

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Yvonne Chen
March 2015 Updates

Last month we updated you on our student sponsorships for the year. Each student sponsorship guarantees meals, school supplies, bedding, and mosquito nets for the year. At the start of the 2015 school year 60% of our female students had been matched with sponsors and 16% of our male students had sponsors.

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Yvonne Chen
February 2015 Updates

The dry season is ending in South Sudan and students are returning to Marial Bai Secondary School for the new academic year. On February 2nd, 450 students will be returning to MBSS ready to learn! A fresh year brings new challenges for our students as they tackle tough subjects and learn new skills that will carry them to success in the future.

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Yvonne Chen