Dear Mom & Dad,
Enough food for two weeks at Excel International Academy in Yei is needed.
Last week’s phone call from the school director was expected. He routinely reports on the students and programs happening on campus. The majority of our Africa ELI sponsored girls and boys are enrolled at Excel.
I anticipated hearing about the outcome of the county sports’ tournament. Our school teams were competing in football (soccer) and volleyball. Instead, I heard,“We will run out of food at school in 10 to 14 days. This is a problem since we have 32 days remaining in the first term of this academic year.”
Listening to Kenneth talk about sky-rocketing market prices and the kilograms of food needed daily to serve 3 meals to 300 boarding students, teachers, and campus personnel, I realized that our food budget was blown away. Our projections for the first term has covered only two-thirds of the actual expenditures.
The toll of renewed warfare in South Sudan (sparked again in December 2013) is now affecting our school operations. Higher prices, reduced stock, greater demand for food staples by families fleeing conflict from other parts of the country are all factors contributing to our immediate food crisis. With the relocation of Excel International Academy from town to its new setting two miles away, the new school garden is not yet producing. Tomatoes, green vegetables, and cabbage were recently planted but are not yet ready for consumption. It will be another 4 to 6 weeks before a garden harvest is available.
You can help in the interim. Making an affordable contribution today toward a goal of $7,000 will help us fill the gap in securing food to finish this school term. Without it, the school term will end early and classroom time will be lost. That’s a problem. Please help us solve it.here, or send a donation to: Africa ELI, 1550 Centervue Crossing – #107, Knoxville, TN 37932.
Aid agencies such as the World Food Program have been contacted for help too. However, they are currently distributing only to elementary schools and to one secondary school per state. Excel is not that “one” school in our state.
In a report released from WFP last week, they wrote, “In South Sudan, 2.5 million people started this year unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Food security analysts believe this number will increase with the start of the lean season in May.”(WFP, April 22, 2015)