'Come True' Project
Last summer, one year after the declaration of the independence of South Sudan, the South Sudanese community was deported from Israel to their young country. The small community, just over 700 members, 500 of which are children, has found itself in one of the poorest countries in the world facing challenges they were not prepared for. Shortly after their arrival, most of the children became ill, hungry and were left detached from their friends, having no schools to go to. Members of the community together with a group of Israelis have joined forces to bring the children back to school. You can help us make this happen
Many of the children of the community had witnessed and suffered of violence, hunger and other senses of insecurity. The supportive environment in Israel allowed them to develop and express their unique qualities, talents and dreams. Children who are aspiring artists, scientists, musicians and writers were deported without the resources to further develop their already impressive skills. Our program is intended to allow the children to continue to study and fulfill their dreams within their new lives.
About South Sudan
South Sudan is the youngest country in the world, emerging from a decades' long civil war. The country suffers from lack of basic services and infrastructures such as roads, electricity, sewage, water, communications, health, welfare and education systems. Unemployment rates are sky rocketing, diseases such as malaria and typhoid are common and ill-treated, and the population suffers from hunger and lack of access to safe drinking water and basic health services. The education system in South Sudan is ranked among the lowest three in the world.
Refusing to accept this destiny, a group of South Sudanese parents and their Israeli friends decided to start this project aiming to send the children to a boarding school in Uganda, while the parents remain in Juba and try to set a better footing in their new land. This way the children could benefit from a safe educational environment, while we continue to work toward a long term sustainable educational solution in Juba.
In a visit to Kampala, Trinity Primary School has been chosen to host this exciting and hopeful project.
On February 2013 the first group of excited children boarded the bus in Juba en route to Kampala to start their new school year. The project now accommodates over 40 children studying at Trinity school in Kampala. We hope to be able to raise more funds in order to send more children to this wonderful school during the forthcoming school year. In the meantime, we intend to start an e-learning project in Juba, to help the children who are still there to improve their English and to see that they are in a protected environment at least for a few hours a week.
How you can help
Please join us to help realize these children's dreams! The annual cost of tuition and boarding for one child at the Trinity school is $1,000. With a monthly donation of $85 you can sponsor a child. A donation of $50 will help us fund a one-time entry visa to Uganda for one child or school uniform and shoes for one child. A donation of $100 will help us purchase textbooks, uniform and personal equipment for a child for one school year. A $350 donation will cover a child's tuition for one trimester. Any donation, one time or monthly recurring, is welcome and will help us to cover the school fees and other expenses necessary for the children’s education and welfare! We invite you to join this quest to change the world, and help these children BECOME the future leaders, artists and scientist of South Sudan.
Featured picture on top: Dr. Rami Gudovitch (co-founder of the project) and children at the boarding school in Kampala
Packing before going to school
Enjoying some good food
Some of the scholarship awardees with Lea Forshtat, a lawyer and co-founder of the South-Sudan scholarship program