Education & Emergency Relief
empowering Sudanese change makers on the ground
Funds raised by our movement are used to empower Sudanese-led education and healthcare operations in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan, which has been besieged in a genocidal war by the military since 2011. Official humanitarian and media access to the Nuba Mountains has been banned by the regime, but this has not stopped our organization from entering the Nuba Mountains and associated refugee camps.
We partner with some incredible Sudanese individuals and organizations to empower the Nuba people in areas they have requested our assistance in. We sponsor one of the top-performing primary schools in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan and funnel much-needed funds to Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Most importantly, it is the Nuba people themselves saving and changing lives in these breathtaking programs. It is our privilege to empower them.
Here are the Education and Emergency Relief projects that are currently being empowered by our movement:
Endure Primary School
In 2015, our movement began funding four small classrooms in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. Since then and entirely because of our fundraising and giving, this special school now has ten classrooms led by twelve Nuba teachers and a support coordinator. Every week they teach over 1,000 students who have fled from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, which has been besieged in a genocidal war by the dictatorship since 2011. Some of these children have lost or been separated from their parents due to the crimes committed against them. The Endure Primary School is now one of the top-performing primary schools in the region and a treasured possession of the Nuba community in Yida. Over 2,500 children have been served by the school to date.
Renewal High School
In 2018, our movement began fundraising for a desperately needed new high school in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. In February 2019 and through the hard work of our Nuba education partner, several classes at the school soft-opened with 12 teachers and 120 students. Identical to Endure Primary, all of the teachers and students come from the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Additional fundraising and giving is needed to open up the remainder of the school, and at some point a teacher training program will need to be implemented to make Renewal High as successful as Endure Primary.
Nuba College Scholarship Fund
Since 2016, Operation Broken Silence has set aside a small amount of money each year to assist a Nuba student who is college-ready. Virtually all students in the Nuba Mountains and Yida Refugee Camp do not have access to higher education due to geographic location and funding challenges, which means they must attend a university elsewhere in east Africa. Our movement is currently supporting a Nuba student in Uganda who is studying Public Administration and Management.
Mother of Mercy Hospital
In the heart of the Nuba Mountains warzone sits Mother of Mercy Hospital, the last remaining medical institution in the region. This incredible facility is led by American Dr. Tom Catena and supported by a small team of Nuba doctors and nurses in training. The hospital has just 435 beds for a population of one million people and treats everything from war-related wounds to common illnesses. The hospital's impact is truly incredible despite these challenges and more. In 2018 alone, the hospital performed 53,632 clinic visits (29% are children under 5-years-old), completed 1,625 operations, cared for an additional 80,000 patients at six community clinics, delivered 382 babies (20% by C-section), and treated 164 tuberculosis and leprosy patients. Sudan's military has bombed the hospital before as part of its genocidal war against the Nuba people.
Learn More & Get Involved
The Stand For Education Campaign. Most schools in the Nuba Mountains have been destroyed or are barely functioning. The education crisis in this part of Sudan has spilled over into Yida Refugee Camp as well, where thousands of children lack access to a quality education. Our movement sponsors the high-performing Endure Primary and new Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp. Children are not charged fees for their educaton at these two incredible schools, and your fundraising will help keep it that way. LEARN MORE »
The Heart of Nuba Campaign. Underneath the shadows of regime warplanes, the incredible staff at Mother of Mercy Hospital serves a population of nearly one million people in the Nuba Mountains. It's not unusual for American Dr. Tom Catena and his Nuba collegues to see over 400 patients in a single day. Your fundraising will help pay for life-saving medical procedures, staff training, medications, and so much more. LEARN MORE »
About Operation Broken Silence
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 and movement-building, education and emergency relief, and grassroots advocacy programs. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.