Education to Change a Nation


Daniel Majok Gai and his father.

Daniel Majok Gai, PESS Executive Director


Daniel Majok Gai and his father.

Tamara Banks, Emmy Award Winning Freelance Journalist

Another Night in South Sudan– The community supporting girls’ education and South Sudan came together in a big way Nov. 11th! Another Night in South Sudan raised over $40,000, far exceeding the Board’s goal of $30,000, to expand the work of Project Education South Sudan. Exceeding our goal puts us closer to our goal of helping 40 more girls to have a formal education. The board has re-dedicated itself to achieving our annual goal so every girl in South Sudan on our waiting list has the chance to go to school. The evening featured presentations by journalist and social activist Tamara Banks and PESS Executive Director Daniel Gai, describing their work in South Sudan to improve the educational hope of South Sudanese girls. The evening also included African food and drumming, entertainment by The Salida Circus, our amazing social circus partner and a fabulous silent auction. PESS is so thrilled that it can educate 20 more girls as a result of its successful evening!!

Education cannot wait for the ongoing conflict in South Sudan to end. Project Education South Sudan, PESS, believes that developing educated young leaders is the only sustainable way to end the cycle of violence South Sudan is experiencing. PESS is led by a former South Sudanese Lost Boy – now a college educated United States citizen – working on the ground in rural South Sudan. As a result, PESS is uniquely positioned to partner with South Sudanese communities as they educate their girls, create their own new leaders, and maintain essential educational infrastructure. Our vision is “education to change a nation” and here is what we do:

Girls Education
Girls’ Education

Inside the classroom and out, we empower girls with the skills they need to build a better future. We support girls in secondary school, including after-school tutoring and special programs to bond their “girl” community and encourage global awareness. HIV/AIDS awareness and menstrual management programs are part of our programming as well.

Leadership Development
Leadership Development

Girl leadership development, teacher education, health management programs which “train trainers”, and workshops in financial literacy and other economic skills are the core of our indigenous leadership empowerment. These programs are primarily led by South Sudanese and created with a local context.

Community Infrastructure
Community Infrastructure

The physical development we support maintains schools, makes water more accessible, frees girls for education by shortening their daily tasks, and allows communities to build themselves from the ground up.