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 brought you information about the celebratory end of another semester at the school.
Several weeks ago, a bad rainstorm in Yida caused severe damage to the school. A few classrooms were wiped out entirely as you can see below:
Thankfully, no one was hurt at the school during the storm. The damage did unfortunately slow down registration for the new semester: by mid-October only 482 students had been able to register out of the 900+ that usually attend the school.
That's the bad news. The good news is that solutions are already underway. The Endure Primary School has been embraced by the community in Yida the past few years, and individuals living there have shown up at the school to see how they can help rebuild and repair. The teachers and local community have already been gathering supplies locally to rebuild classrooms and repair other ones. Our education partner is also in Yida helping to coordinate these activities.
We'll also have an update by the end of the year on the status of a new high school in Yida we have begun fundraising for! Here's a teaser:
Our education partner is currently in the area meeting with local education officials and community leaders to finalize details for the Renewal High School, which we hope to phase into existence beginning in 2019. Once this new school is open, students graduating out the Endure Primary School will be able to continue their education journey for the first time.
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 each year. 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 and best 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 your consistent support brings sustainability to the school. GIVE $10 MONTHLY »
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 »
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.
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.