This is an annual fundraiser to support girls' education in South Sudan—where young women face incredible challenges just to go to school.
In June 2018, the VAD Foundation opened its newest campus, Alok Girls' Academy, with an inaugural class of 160 students in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. As a bridge between elementary and high school (when most girl students in South Sudan drop out of school due to early marriage or poor academic preparedness), Alok provides high-quality education and a safe learning environment where young women can succeed.
I'm raising money to help Alok expand in 2019 by hiring more teachers, enrolling more young women, and deepening educational programming and vocational training.
The VAD Foundation was established by Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers, whose novel "What Is the What" tells Valentino's early life story as a South Sudanese refugee. The VAD Foundation has spent the last decade in South Sudan (amid civil war and other challenges) working to increase access to quality education, improve girls’ education, create teacher-training programs, and empower youth to build a peaceful future for the country. After helping run the organization in its early years, I now serve on its board.
For more information, please visit www.vadfoundation.org.
Many thanks for your support, and happy holidays,