Building Hope in South Sudan
Project Education South Sudan is a US 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, a registered NGO with the Republic of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, and registered with the Jonglei State Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Legal Affairs. PESS was created as a partnership of Sudanese and Americans in response to the destruction that resulted from the twenty-year civil war between northern and South Sudan. High illiteracy rates resulted from these decades of civil war. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became its own independent nation and seeks its future as a functioning democracy.
In response to the high illiteracy rates, the mission of Project Education South Sudan (PESS) is to help fund and support the building of primary schools in rural Bor area, Jonglei State, South Sudan. We emphasize the inclusion of girls and women in the educational opportunities we promote. PESS fosters community empowerment and leadership development in order to ensure that educational progress is sustainable.
PESS provides clean water wells, commercial grinding mills, cinderblock-making equipment, sewing machines and annual school supply money. Beyond brick and mortar, our organization mentors indigenous community and girl’s leadership development, women’s income literacy, teacher training, feminine hygiene/HIVAIDS health which thus providing a micro economy in the village.
We have a US Co-Founder/Executive Director and a South Sudan Director who is a former “Lost Boy” to monitor, assess and implement programs and strengthen ties with the four communities we work with together. We serve 3000 children in four schools. PESS follows the UNICEF accountability model in funding projects, inspection and verification of spending.
PBS Mini-Doc –
South Sudan: Newest Country in the World
Featuring PESS South Sudan Director Daniel Majok Gai