PROGRESS UPDATE – October 2016
Nyolo School students exchanged letters with school children at the Abundant Life School in Wilmington, Massachusetts as a way to practice writing skills and learn more about how their lives are similar and different.
PROGRESS UPDATE – April 2016
We received unfortunate news from from the Nyolo School. Due to storms with very high wind, all three school classroom buildings sustained roof damage. Aserela is doing its best to raise funds to replace numerous iron sheet panels that were torn from the roof. The cost of repair totaled $1000 USD, and so far Aserela has contributed $700 toward labor and materials. Our International Coordinator, Cirilo Ben returned to South Sudan and the school to assist in the repair work. School children are continuing to attend school… even without the roofing… as as repairs proceed. Aserela USA will host an informative fundraiser near Boston, Massachusetts (St. Anthony Club of North Woburn) in November 5th to raise awareness about Aserela’s mission, about our commitment to the success of the Nyolo Hope School, and to raise much needed funds to continue the progress of completing construction (adding doors, windows, and school water-well repair). Please watch for additional information about the fundraiser. We hope you can attend and/or make a donation. As always, your generosity is graciously appreciated.
PROGRESS UPDATE – December 2015
Download our newsletter to learn about Aserela’s Projects and Goals for the Nyolo Hope School for 2016. In this issue learn about student enrollment; more on Aserela USA’s Vice President Milly Atim Odong and her three daughters’ field visit to the school; about the school’s volunteer teachers; and our wonderful new partnerships with NGO’s and community groups supporting the school.
Aserela USA Newsletter – December 2015 – PDF
PROGRESS UPDATE – AUGUST 2015
Aserela was unable to achieve our ambitious goal of raising $40,000 outright for a roof for the Nyolo Hope School. But there still is GREAT NEWS! Aserela’s President, Mary Otto, along with other Aserela board members, were able to use the funds from our recent Raise The Roof Campaign, plus donations raised from 2013 through early 2015, as a down payment for completion of the roof.
With great gratitude to a local contractor near the school who accepted our down payment and provided material and labor, plus with help from many families and local leaders in the school’s surrounding villages, those funds proved sufficient to get a sheet metal roof in place for this school year! This was vital to preventing the collapse of the school’s walls during the rainy season.
We couldn’t be more pleased at what a success this has turned out to be!
Because of the hard work of Aserela in South Sudan, the school and community leaders, and most importantly, the families from many surrounding tribes joining together for completing this project, it has led to more than doubling student enrollment.
The addition of the new roof became both a reality and a source of pride. It symbolized for the community how important the school is, and education is for the many children in the Kit, South Sudan region. In turn, many parents who were reluctant to send their children off to a school with no roof, suddenly felt empowered to do so. The school is becoming a focal point for the four tribes in this region.
Enrollment now stands at 700 students, up from 360, with students coming to school from as far away as 4 miles by foot. And quite amazingly, girls, who typically have been discouraged from going to school in favor of being kept home to tend to family chores now outnumber the boys in attendance! There are now 379 female students enrolled. Most students attend on a regular basis. And the school currently has two paid teachers and six volunteer teachers.
That is an amazing achievement we ALL can feel very good about. At Aserela we say: “Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders”. With your generosity, once again, we have made a difference in this world for the good!
See the video on our home page. It was a song created and performed by the Nyolo Hope students, as a welcome and thank-you gesture for Aserela Vice-President Milly Atim Odong, and other local leaders, school officials and our South Sudan Aserela coordinator, Robert Owot Ambrose… all who attended a ceremony in early September to recognize the hard and good work that went into putting this new roof onto the school.
Their song is also dedicated to you… especially to each of you who blessed us with kind donations to continue our progress toward enriching the lives of these students and setting them on a path to learn, achieve, gain self-sufficiency and who will eventually lead this struggling young democracy of South Sudan to a brighter future.