Our Graduates are Making a Difference
Ten years ago, Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers founded the Marial Bai Secondary School to provide an exceptional education to the girls and boys of rural South Sudan. Since then, the school has become ranked one of the best schools in the country. Our students consistently score in the top percentile on the national exams. Marial Bai Secondary School is so successful that the South Sudanese government recently granted us a new, additional campus that we plan to open as the Alok Girls’ Academy, an all-girls boarding school. With your support, we are continuing to make a difference by offering peace through education in South Sudan.
Meet Our Students
What's New in 2018
ALOK GIRLS’ ACADEMY
In February 2018, we aim to open our second campus, a boarding school for girls called the Alok Girls’ Academy. Currently in South Sudan, less than 1% of young women finish high school. We chose the boarding school model to provide a safe and supportive environment where the girls can focus on their studies. The campus will be free from the distractions and demands of their lives at home, allowing the students to complete their studies and be deterred from early marriage. With your help, in February of 2018, we will open the school to 144 girls.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Our comprehensive curriculum creates real-world experiences for our students. Chemistry class leads to business development and economic independence as our students learn how to make and then sell chalk, soap, and honey products. We are exploring ways to expand our vocational training opportunities for our students and our graduates.
Our students get the best possible education available in South Sudan. However, very few have the means to pay for college. We are now developing an endowment and a college placement program to better ensure that our high achieving students have a place in higher education.
Our students study by solar power and learn sustainable farming techniques to improve food security at the school and within their communities.
Where We Are Going
PROJECTS WE’RE FUNDRAISING FOR
Alok Girls’ Academy — $150,000
The government of South Sudan granted us a campus that we are transforming into a boarding school for 144 girls. Your support will help outfit the kitchen, build the teachers’ residences, and provide the students with bunk beds, mattresses, and school supplies.
Marial Bai Secondary School Renovations — $20,000
Help us repair the roof of our main campus.
Campus Supply Vehicle — $25,000
Help us minimize challenges around transportation costs by providing a vehicle that will support both our campuses. This vehicle will ensure that each school has the supplies it needs in addition to transporting staff and students when necessary..
EVERY DONATION HELPS
$5,000 can pay one teacher’s salary for an entire year.
$500 can send a girl to school for an entire year.
$75 can provide one set of science laboratory equipment.
$50 can provide one student’s textbook and school supplies for a year.
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Donate — every penny counts!
Volunteer — as a small non-profit with a small staff, we have ongoing needs that could benefit from your assistance.
Connect us with universities that can provide scholarships for our most promising students.
Host a house party, dinner at your favorite restaurant, or read What Is the What and include a fundraiser as part of your book club.