Empowering the Future Through Education

In May 2018, I, Daniel Ukang, President of California Sudanese Lost Boys
and Girls Foundation visited South Sudan in the village of Awoda. During my visit,
I had the opportunity to attend Awoda Primary School, the only school in the
village, and what I saw on that day, brought tears to my eyes. I walked through
eight classrooms with an enrollment of 635 students in the school. All of them
were sitting on rocks for chairs. This broke my heart.
After meeting with school administrators and community elders they
pointed out some of the major problems affecting the school. I gave them my
promise to help. Some of these problems are; a lack of qualified teachers, lack of
school supplies, lack of school uniforms, and a lack of funding to renovate the
school.
When I came back to San Diego, I met with California Sudanese Lost Boys
and Girls Foundation board members, and we were able to come up with a plan.
The foundation took on a massive responsibility known as Helping Children in
Awoda Primary School. Together with AleSmith Brewing Company, who hosted a
fundraiser and with the help of St. Michael Catholic Church, we were able to start
the project of helping Awoda Primary School. With the funds raised, we built one
hundred desks in eight classrooms. As a result, the number of students went up
from 635 Students to one thousand.
Our goal is to help the school provide high-quality education to students in
Awoda. Your contribution to this project is highly appreciated. Please help us and
make a difference in these children’s future. No child should be refused an education, especially when they have a thirst for knowledge and a drive to change
their trajectory.