In 2015, Operation Broken Silence launched the Endure Campaign, an online fundraising movement focused on supporting a school in Yida Refugee Camp. This is an update on how your fundraising and giving is leading to real results on the ground.
People in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan have been living in emergency conditions since June of 2011, when the government of Sudan launched a relentless campaign of terror and death against their communities. The Sudanese government has officially banned all aid and media organizations from the Nuba Mountains in an attempt to cover it’s crimes. The deteriorating situation here has become a forgotten conflict for much of the world. Click or tap the map for a visual.
Tens of thousands of children have fled the war and genocide in the Nuba Mountains and are sitting in refugee camps where few educational services exist. Dozens of Nuba teachers have been unable to get back to work due to a lack of financial resources. This education crisis is an enormous long-term issue threatening the future of not only the Nuba people, but also all of Sudan.
Building and supporting classrooms, paying teacher salaries, and ensuring that children have access to a free education is one of our organization's top priorities. Here's what your generosity has accomplished so far:
Endure Classrooms Update
Beginning in 2015 with the launch of the Endure Campaign, we began supporting four small classrooms in Yida Refugee Camp. Since then and largely because of your fundraising and giving, this school now has ten classrooms led by twelve Nuba teachers and a support coordinator. Every week they teach and support 930 students who have fled from the Nuba Mountains. Some of these children have lost their parents or been separated from them due to the Sudanese government's war.
Since we began providing support, a total of 2,421 students have been served. At its peak, the school had 15 teachers and over 1,000 students each week.
The number of teachers and students at our school has dropped slightly the past few months due to political events in the area. The United Nations largely withdrew from Yida in 2016 under strange circumstances, causing an estimated 27,000 people to leave Yida and go into Ajoung Thok Camp to the southwest or north back into the Nuba Mountains. Due to budget shortfalls, World Food Programme assistance to Ajoung Thok has been cut as the camp has reached capacity. While refugees in Yida are able to farm the surrounding area, they are not able to do so in Ajoung Thok due to security issues. The population of Yida also fluctuates seasonally due to farming needs. The slight decline in teachers and students at the school is due to these factors.
Operations at the school you are supporting are going well! A volleyball court was recently added outside of the classrooms with your support and more balls, as well as additional school supplies, will be arriving soon. An additional $8,000 that you have raised and given will be sent in May to help cover basic needs at the school including teacher salaries, school supplies, and more.
See the photos below of the results you are helping achieve:
Photo: Children gather in the common area at the school for a group photo.
Photo: Bricks are made for a new classroom at the school.
Photo: Children play during recess at the new volleyball court at the school.
Photo: Five of the ten classrooms at the school you are supporting in Yida.
Photo: Children begin class in the morning at the school in Yida.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs. Here are a few different ways you can join us:
1. Give. Our support of these classrooms, teachers, and students is only made possible by people just like you. Without your generosity, none of this progress would be made. You can support these children by making a one-time donation. GIVE HERE »
2. Start Fundraising. You can start a personal fundraising page for the Endure Campaign and ask your friends and family to give. This is an excellent way to support these classrooms and get your community involved as well. START FUNDRAISING »
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