February 2018 Endure Classrooms Update

an update from the primary school in Yida Refugee Camp

Posted by Mark Hackett on February 5th, 2018

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. You can watch the Endure Campaign video to see what that actually looks like on the ground:

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 entirely 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. 

Last update, we announced that this year we would be adding the final grade and classroom to the primary school in Yida. That process is now underway and, at the moment, it appears we are on schedule!

Our education partner is currently shipping 60 chairs, 2 blackboards, and 96 school uniforms to Yida for the P8 classroom. Here's a few photos of the new items that your fundraising and giving helped to purchase:

February 2018 Endure Classrooms Update by Operation Broken Silence on 500px.com

February 2018 Endure Classrooms Update by Operation Broken Silence on 500px.com

What's Coming Up Next?

Currently, these classrooms are offering Primary 1 - Primary 7 grade levels. Over the next several weeks our education partner will be hard at work sourcing new textbooks and additional supplies for the Primary 8 grade. To make this happen, we need to raise an estimated $5,200 in the coming weeks. You can help make that happen by taking one of the get involved actions below. 

Alongside of our education partner, we have also entered the early planning stages of opening a high school in Yida Refugee Camp in 2019. Stay tuned!

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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.

If you're not currently involved in empowering the Sudanese people, here are a few easy ways to join us:

1. Give Monthly. This is the best and easiest way to support these amazing teachers and their students. Your monthly giving, joined with other monthly givers, is consistent funding for the teachers and studentsThis means they can focus on teaching and learning and not have to be stressed about if the school will stay open or not. You can play a huge role in making this happen by joining The Renewal, which is our monthly recurring giving program. LEARN MORE »

2. Start Fundraising. If you can't give monthly right now, you can start a fundraising page for the Endure Campaign and ask your friends and family to give instead! This is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, as well as get your community involved. BECOME A FUNDRAISER »

3. 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 »

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About Mark Hackett

Mark began working on Sudan issues in 2007 after an eye-opening conversation with a genocide survivor from Darfur, Sudan. Since 2011 he has overseen the steady growth of our organization. His work and story has been featured by over 100 news, media, education, and non-profit organizations. 

Mark makes sure our on the ground programs stay on the rails and that our movement remains focused on our end goal of closing our doors one day. He’s one of only a few Americans to have visited frontline areas in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during the war.

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