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Campaign for South Sudan School 1 (2017)

South Sudan View project
$8,310.92 raised (101%)
$8,250 pledged
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About our campaign

The Lost Boys of Sudan are 27,000 boys orphaned during the 2nd Sudanese Civil War who undertook a harrowing journey to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, surviving separation from families, war, hunger, wild animals and disease. In 2001, 3800 Lost Boys of Sudan were resettled in the U.S.

Our project began in 2009 with a grant from The Partnership Plan to purchase copies of They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky, a Lost Boy memoir, and host one of its authors, Benjamin Ajak. A chance meeting in San Diego planted the seed for our partnership. When Patty Hall of H2O for Life learned that Benjamin would be speaking in Stillwater, she contacted teacher Sara Damon and suggested that Benjamin’s visit could be an opportunity to help bring clean, safe water to South Sudan by raising funds for Water for South Sudan, founded by Lost Boy Salva Dut of Rochester, NY.

After raising $5,000 the first year, our project has grown and evolved with each school year. We have hosted South Sudanese refugees Benson Deng, John Bul Dau, Alephonsion Deng, Moses Joknhial II and Kuoth Wiel. Each shared their powerful life experiences with students in classrooms and with the broader Stillwater community. In addition to hosting guests, we have had the opportunity to Skype with two South Sudanese refugees, Sebastian Maroundit and Buey Tut.

Stillwater Junior High, with the support of our school district and community, has raised more than $76,000 and funded eight wells through speaker events, screenings of the films Girl Rising and The Good Lie, t-shirt sales, an annual Walk For Water, outreach to local churches and service organizations and school-based fundraisers. We’ve even set a Guinness World Record!

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We beat our goal!

We raised 101% of our pledged goal, so the additional funds ($60.92) have been reallocated to another project in need:

Campaign Updates

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    Student Presentation!
    May 10
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    Penny War at Stillwater!
    Apr 5
  • H2o update 186
    International Women's Day
    Mar 9

Top Fundraisers

May 10, 2017

Student Presentation!

Thanks to an inspirational presentation provided by Bijou A., Charlie F., and Ivy L. and the generosity of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stillwater, we have received a $1000 donation...

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April 5, 2017

Penny War at Stillwater!

Next week we’re having a PENNY WAR with the goal of raising $500.

7th, 8th and 9th grade and staff will each have a collection jug at a table in the...

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March 9, 2017

International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day, a picture of Morgan G., Lyxie M. and Sarah S. These young women spoke about our project last week at the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary...

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January 23, 2017

Skype call with Buey Ray Tut

SJHS AP Human Geography students participated in an excellent Skype call today with Buey Ray Tut, founder of Aqua-Africa. Aqua-Africa collaborates with Water for South Sudan, Inc. to...

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