Author: vadfoundation

Reducing the Load: South Sudanese girls at Marial Bai Secondary School

The civil war in Sudan killed two and a half million people and displaced nearly six million South Sudanese between 1983 and 2005. Despite gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan experienced tragic violence when internal conflict broke out in December 2013. In the six months since the violence began, international companies, government agencies, and aid providers have left the country due to security reasons, eliminating jobs, halting development, and closing schools. In response to the conflict during the 2014 school year, the VAD Foundation: • Increased student enrollment by 44% • Tripled our female enrollment • Hired an additional six teachers • Began solar installation providing jobs to locals • Issued micro loans to female heads of household in Marial Bai The VAD Foundation creates quality education opportunities in South Sudan through the Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS), which was constructed in 2009. MBSS is the highest ranking school nationwide that is free for students to attend. In South Sudan, a girl spends on average six years enrolled in school. Culturally, young women carry much …