To build an educational and vocational training facility in Rumbek, South Sudan that will provide essential skills and training for regional Southern Sudanese. This facility will also serve as a community center for Rumbek, providing a central place to come together and work at rebuilding their country and their lives.
MEET OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, PHILIP NYUMBA!
Philip is a graduate of Kenyatta University with a degree in business management and also holds a degree in human resources management from the Kenya Institute of Management. Before joining Abukloi, he held supervisory positions with relief organizations in Kenya and South Sudan, and served as the Deputy Program Manager for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in South Sudan.
Philip, 39 years old, and his wife Sherine Auma have two beautiful daughters, Rackelle Clara and Ellen.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
- Only 33% of children between the ages of 7-14 attend school
- Even more startling—only 4% of high school aged children attend school
- Over 93% of woman in Southern Sudan are illiterate
- Only 10% of girls ever attend school in Sudan (The lowest % in the world)
- Only 16% of existing schools meet text book requirements
- There are only 22 community-based secondary education schools in South Sudan
For years the people of South Sudan have been fighting for the future of their country and a better life for their children. After decolonization in the 1950′s left Sudan with a lack of power balance and Sharia (Islamic religious law) and jihad were imposed on the non-Muslim peoples of South Sudan, many lost their lives. Entire villages were destroyed by Northern militias and the survivors in the south scattered. Families were torn apart leaving thousands of orphaned children to somehow survive. This generation of young children are considered the most traumatized refugees in history.Many of these young children were given the opportunity to come to America (and other Western nations) to receive an education in hopes that they could help their country rebuild. They are now young men and women who have worked with such dedication and perseverance that is beyond words. As a result, they are now seeing their country begin a time of renewal and rebuilding.
In 2005, a peace agreement was signed between Northern Muslim Sudan and the Christian and animist peoples of the South. Finally, after many years of hopeful planning, the Southern Sudanese have voted for their right to be an independent country and are making preparations to rebuild. Many families are moving back into the area and excitement can be felt in the air! With the end of fighting, there is hope for stability and reconstruction for South Sudan.
One of the most fundamental needs that exists as South Sudan rebuilds is an education infrastructure. Everyone understands how essential education is in preparing the people of South Sudan for the future that they so justly deserve. However, the war has left many impoverished, and emotionally ravaged. Expectations for what life will be like as a new nation are high and many are in desperate need of basic necessities, infrastructure, and proof that this truly will be a new beginning for South Sudan.Abukloi Enterprises, Inc. is helping meet this need by building a regional secondary education and vocational training facility in Rumbek, South Sudan which is a central location for most Southern Sudanese. The Abukloi facility will provide secondary education opportunities for local Sudanese along with agricultural training, masonry, wood-working, and more. Education can enable the people of South Sudan to take hold of their future and shape it into one that provides peace and renewal for its people!