Elizabeth Essentials is honored to be partnering with the VAD Foundation to raise awareness and funds for building schools and communities that are sustainable and healthy in South Sudan.
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. Their 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 them a new, additional campus that they plan to open by Feb. 2018 as the Alok Girls’ Academy, an all-girls boarding school.
All donations collected through Elizabeth Essentials will go toward furthering VAD’s goals and efforts to promote peace through education in South Sudan.
Donations collected through Elizabeth Essentials will support the Family Resiliency & Reunification program at New Phoebe House Association – a transitional home for mothers affected by chemical dependency and homelessness who want to reunify with their children. The Family Resiliency & Reunification program surrounds the women and children with support, programming, and case management for up to two years. As the women are assured their day-to-day needs for food; shelter; referrals for medical, mental health, and dental care; and clothing assistance are met, they can focus on remaining clean and sober, developing job skills, gaining education, becoming financially literate, building a resource network, and increasing parenting skills. Programming and childcare curricula cover topics and information relevant to the women and children to help break the patterns of abuse, violence, and neglect so many of the women and children have experienced throughout their lives.