Conflict, erupting in December, 2013, in the capital of Juba, South Sudan, has forced our organization to place its project activities on the ground in the community of Panyang on hold until peace and stability are restored. In an invasion by rebels, the village of Pajut was looted, which included the windows and doors of United Panyang Primary School. When peace is reestabished, RSSE will send a delegation for assessment of project activities. Presently, the community is quiet, though food is scarce since crops could not be planted due to the unrest and insecurity.
Rebuilding South Sudan through Education has responded to the conflict by redirecting its efforts to continue our mission of educating children and adults of Panyang, South Sudan, in the following ways:
- Evacuate people of Panyang, who were caught out in the conflict in unsafe locations, to neighboring countries and, when possible, to locations where schools are established so the displaced children return to school and to as normal a life as possible.
- Provide displaced children of Panyang with school supplies, shoes, clothing, nutrition supplements, and medicines.
- Provide school tuition, school supplies, and basic needs for a smaller number of children from Panyang in boarding school in Kampala, Uganda.
- Assist with registration of displaced children and adults of Panyang in refugee camps for access to housing, food, water, and education.
Project Activities, presently on hold due to conflict:
- United Panyang Primary School opened its doors on May 19, 2011, replacing classes under trees. First graduating class occurred in 2012, with the motto, "Strive for a Better Future".
- Water Wells provide clean water, which is a human right, reduces incidence of diseases, and is a necessity for proper hygiene. Wells have been drilled and the need for more is ongoing.
- Food Grinding Mills facilitate the education of girls to replace grinding food grains by hand, which is a long and tedious task.
- United Panyang Medical Clinic will provide a clean, protected environment for treating patients, signficantly improving the health and quality of life for people in Panyang. Major construction of the clinic occurred in 2013, and will replace clinic under a tree and expectant mothers delivering in the bush.
- Mama Myrna Women's Center was constructed in 2013 and will provide a centralized location for women to address issues specific to females and help advance their position in the community.
- GOATS Project provides widows with a livelihood to support her family as one female goat increases to a herd.
- Solar Lighting and Power will signficantly improve the health, educational opportunities, and overall quality of life for the people in Panyang.
Panyang is the home community of project founder Moses Joknhial II. Moses, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, knows educational opportunities in the USA have rebuilt his life after living as a refugee for 14 years. “My dream is improving the lives of my people through education,” states Moses in addressing the responsibility he feels in paying forward what he has received through education and support in America.