Across the United States, families are preparing to send their kids back to school and teachers are getting ready for another semester. My kids aren't quite old enough to head off to a classroom, but that day is only a few years away for our family.
I was in a store just this morning picking up diapers for our baby girl. I was amazed at the sheer amount of school supplies available. Folders in every color imaginable, themed pencils and pens, notebooks ... endless supplies for students of all ages to use and express themselves through.
At schools across Yida Refugee Camp, these options simply aren't available. A pencil might as well be a gold brick. Good chalkboards are rare. Textbooks are practically nonexistent. Being a student in a refugee camp full of survivors of genocide is already hard enough. Not having access to basic school supplies like we do here makes life even harder.
One of the healthiest things war-affected children can do is attend a good school. Here at Operation Broken Silence, we sponsor the high performing Endure Primary and new Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp. Many of the kids who attend these schools have lost their parents to the war in Sudan's Nuba Mountains or don't know where they are. The teachers we support are all from the Nuba Mountains as well.
As our communities enter the early weeks of back to school activities, we need to remember those who are struggling to do the same. Our hope is that this Fall, the 1,100 students and 24 teachers we sponsor in Yida will have their best semester yet. That will only happen with your support though.
Join me, and let's make that happen. Here's how you can join the effort:
Students, this is the best way you can support the teachers and kids at the schools in Yida! Starting an online fundraising page or team is a great way to get your friends and family involved. It only takes a minute to get started. The funds you raise will be used to help pay teacher salaries, provide basic supplies, and repair classrooms.
You can also host a film screening or another kind of fundraiser at your school this Fall! To learn more about that or to get the ball rolling, contact us here »
2. Give Monthly
Parents, I know you're busy. We've made it easy for you to stay involved! The Renewal is our family of monthly givers who never stop fighting for change in Sudan. All you have to do is sign up to give monthly and your gifts are automatic from there.
It takes less than a minute to join The Renewal, and then you'll effortlessly support teachers and students at the schools in Yida once a month moving forward. My wife and I been Renewal members since 2014. We love the perks that come with giving monthly, but the impact our monthly giving has is what's really important.
3. Give Once
If you're not ready to give monthly but still want to help out, making a one-time gift is perfect for you. We'll put your generosity toward teacher salaries and school supplies for students.
Have questions before getting involved? We're here to help the best we can.
Mark began working on issues in Sudan in 2007. He founded Operation Broken Silence in 2011 and has overseen the steady growth of our organization since then.
Mark supports our Sudanese partners and helps our movement remain focused on supporting them in everything we do. He is one of only a few Americans who have been in frontline areas of the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during the war.