About Sudan Reach
“Backing men of integrity that have a heart to change their nation.”
Sudan Reach is an Encouragers’ ministry that compassionately seeks to address the felt need of literacy and education in South Sudan. While we await an open door into to do something on the soil of South Sudan, we are connecting with several South Sudanese men in Nairobi, Kenya. Our aim is to help them attain their educational dreams while mentoring them as sons of the Kingdom of God. We insist that they be connected to a mentor, so they can grow into full maturity and character. They are becoming the men their nation so desperately needs in the coming years, men of distinction in character and work ethic.
Why South Sudan?
A little history…
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation. On July 9th, 2011, the southern region of Sudan seceded their land from the oppressive northern government of Sudan and became the Republic of South Sudan.
For decades, Southern Sudan has been one of Africa’s most hostile regions. Civil War and oppression from north Sudan has plagued and oppressed the people of the southern regions since the early 1950’s, a 60+ year conflict. Many of Africa’s darkest tales of horror have come from within this region: Civil War, rampant tribal and ethnic violence, genocide, child-soldier recruitments, Islamic government militarily targeting known Christian regions, extreme poverty, and widespread famine. Worldwide, there is an approximated 4.5 million displaced sudanese (refugees). 75% of these refugees are displaced within their own nation.
According to Unicef, South Sudan’s education indicators remain one of the worst in the world. Nationwide school attendance has risen since South Sudan became it’s own nation, but not nearly enough for any impact on society.
It’s estimated that only 27% of adults in South Sudan are literate. 70% of children in the nation have never set foot in a classroom. Of the 30% that have, only 10% of them actual complete primary school. When it comes to higher education in the South Sudan, well, there is none.
Much of these statistics exist because of the lack of infrastructure in the region. Before independence, the government of Khartoum largely neglected the area economically.
At it’s independence, South Sudan had only 50 kilometers of paved roads in the entire region. Progress has been made since then, but the nation is still vastly considered rural. The majority of the nation still has no electricity, no running water, and no means of transportation other than by foot. Getting to school is likely one of the top reasons why school attendance is so low, along with lack of resources.
Partnering with South Sudanese Students
Helping them get their education!
Since 2012, Sudan Reach has been involved in sponsoring and mentoring a few young South Sudanese men as they aspire to finish their education.
Our first student to sponsor is Peter Malou from 2012. In June of 2016, Peter graduated with a law degree from the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi. Peter now serves with a Non Governmental organization in his home area of Rumbek, working for ease the suffering of victims of gender based and domestic violence. We are very proud of the man he has become and our privilege of being a part of his story.
Along the way, we have sponsored several young men, including Alfred Dum, who has completed his course of study and has moved on.
Presently, we are co-sponsoring one young man after completing his Bachelor of Science at Mount Kenya University as he seeks to obtain his Masters Degree from the same University. He is planning to do this from his home capitol city of Juba. We partner with a non-profit (Gleanings of the Harvest) directed by Eric and Rachel Leightman.
Arik completed a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Mount Kenya University in December or 2018. He has since moved back to South Sudan and is currently living in Juba, looking for work. He hopes to start on his Masters degree online as soon as he can get economically stable. We are so grateful for the opportunity to walk with him in life and to partner with Eric and Rachael Leightman to help make his dreams a reality. Our dream is to one day start a school in South Sudan and help many others like Arik get a chance to dream and see dreams fulfilled.
South Sudanese Small Group
Our involvement in these young men came to be as we reached out to the nation and received several young men who had come to Nairobi to complete their primary education. Many of them are a part of our local church and form a small group under the leadership of Lenny Kimotho.
Lenny has a great heart of compassion for South Sudan that goes back to a one year business contract he had with a Sudanese manufacturing firm. He spent the year in Khartoum and worked among both Arab and South Sudanese workers. He saw, first hand, the racial and religious persecution the Southerners have suffered for many decades under their former captors. Now, Lenny leads a small group of South Sudanese men in Nairobi. Pray for them. These men, not unlike their countrymen, are bearing the scars of over 60 years of hatred and war.
Your support makes this possible!
We are believing that the combination of education and mentoring will form great men for South Sudan’s future. Please join us in prayer and financial support as we invest in this young nation.