Our First School Building Project
The ASERELA school in Kiryandongo, Uganda was constructed in 2001 as a cooperative effort supported by Maine, USA residents (South Sudan refugees and American born supporters) and the men, women, and children who fled war torn Sudan to live in refugee camps in Uganda. An interfaith committee in Portland, Maine, including local churches, worked toward raising funds for the construction of this refugee camp school at Kiryandongo. Aserela raised $80,000 over a six year period to build and support the school.
Along with the contribution of time and money from many volunteers and donors, the onsite-team of nine teachers, two security guards, two cooks, and a cleaner, were successful in educating over 500 students. In addition to the actual building of and operational costs for the school, ASERELA was responsible for the purchase of school uniforms, books, and other scholastic materials.
Now that South Sudan is newly independent, and many have returned to this new nation whose infrastructure is virtually non-existent in many areas of the country, ASERELA continues its humanitarian mission to build self-reliance and hope, and to bring a better life, especially in the areas of education and health, to the people of South Sudan.