If we build it...they will come!
Yes, we did—and yes, they did! In fall of 2013, our partners at Girlchild Education and Development Association in Nimule, South Sudan requested that we raise funds to build a girls’ boarding school in their community. Such a school provides many benefits for young women—they are kept separate from boys, reducing the chance of teen pregnancy; they can remain on campus through the night, saving them from so much work at home that they have no time for homework; and it allows disabled girls much better access to an education. Only three such schools in all of South Sudan, and our friends felt the need for one in Nimule.
As NCP doesn’t typically take on brick-and-mortal projects as part of our support for girls’ education, we launched a special appeal to raise the funds, calling it If We Build It…. Our network responded with over $33,000 for the school and accompanying latrines!
The school opened in February 2015 and is now home to 200 young women, grades kindergarten through high school. Many needs still remain: additional dorm space, playground equipment, a security fence, supplies for the office and for teachers. But making this much of the dream come true is cause for celebration!
Here's what project coordinator Agnes Amileto had to say at the completion of the project: "On behalf of our community, all women, students and community leaders express their inner happiness for the groups, individuals and churches who contributed for the various projects in South Sudan. This has given a very clear vision for the future generation of our young nation. And very especially thanks to those who contributed for the latrine and school construction project. May God bless their hands."