In 2015, Operation Broken Silence launched the Endure Campaign, a fundraising movement focused on sponsoring the Endure Primary School in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. This is an update on how your fundraising and giving is leading to real results at this special school.
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 up it’s war crimes. The deteriorating situation here has become a forgotten conflict for much of the world. Click or tap the map for a visual.
A fragile ceasefire is currently in effect in the Nuba Mountains, but many expect it not to last.
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 Primary School 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 just shy of 900 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 we were in the final stages of fundraising to add the final grade and classroom to this top-performing school. Since then, you've wrapped up fundraising for the new classroom and we've delivered the money you raised. The Primary Level 8 grade and classroom will be added by the end of the year to the school. Great work!
And just a few days ago, another semester came to an end at the Endure Primary School. As usual, Nuba refugees from across Yida Refugee Camp came together to celebrate the teachers and students. Here are a few photos from the final day of classes:
And we have a big announcement that you get to hear first! As most of you know, once a child graduates from the Endure Primary School, they have no quality high school to attend in Yida Refugee Camp. We've been quietly working with our Nuba education partner for almost 2 years to change that.
This holiday season, we will officially announce that we are sponsoring a new high school in Yida! I made you all a short video with some more details:
That wraps up this program update. Thank you so much for supporting these teachers and students. Nearly 2,500 students have attended the Endure Primary School since we started sponsoring and growing it in 2015. This only happened because ordinary people like you in our movement banded together and fundraised for the resources they deserve.
Here are a few ways to stay involved in the weeks and months ahead:
The Endure Primary School in Yida Refugee Camp is one of the few high-impact schools serving Nuba students in need. Without this critical Nuba-led institution, over 900 more children would be without access to a classroom. Many of the students at the school are orphaned or don't know where their parents are, making the school one of the only structured places in their life.
Here are three effective ways you can help support the teachers and students at the Endure Primary School and upcoming Renewal High School:
1. Give Monthly. This is the easiest way to empower the lifechanging work being done every day at the Endure Primary School and upcoming Renewal High School. Signing up takes less than a minute, and you'll be effortlessly providig consistent support once a month. LEARN MORE »
2. Start Fundraising. You can start an online fundraising page for the Endure Primary School or upcoming Renewal High School in Yida Refugee Camp Watch. Setting up your page only takes a minute, and we have a staffer who will reach out to you with tips and guidance on how to ask friends and family to donate. BECOME A FUNDRAISER »
3. Make A Donation. If you're not ready to give monthly or start a fundraising page, making a one-time donation to the school is the perfect next step for you. GIVE HERE »