Last Saturday, we posted a blog with Africa ELI’s 7 High Points from 2017. This week, our Monitoring and Program Officer, Alemi Charles, wrote an email sharing his thoughts about some of our 2017 achievements, which you may like to read.
Happy New Year 2018. I trust that everything on your side went well with the celebration of the new year. 2017 was a year characterized by challenging events.
Africa ELI achieved a major objective by ensuring that the students continued their studies, which were disrupted by the security crisis in Yei in July 2016. Students sat for their S4 exams in Juba, and 95% passed, which enables them to now join universities in South Sudan.
Africa ELI has accounted for our students that left Yei and crossed into neighboring countries for safety during the security crisis, and has put them back in school. Among these are the 17 girls from former Eastern Equatoria, whom we found in Palebek after they were forced to flee their homes and the school that their community had built. Africa ELI’s response was so quick and effective. I have not seen any other humanitarian response happen so rapidly and with such success. For the girls, they took it as an answer to their prayers to be able to return to the classroom.
On a personal note, the support I receive for the work I do with the students is such a blessing. It has enabled me to keep my family together, and to secure and maintain their welfare.
Once again, to everyone who contributed financially,
offered encouraging words, or volunteered in service to Africa ELI
students and staff during 2017,
By providing access to education, Africa ELI prepares young women in South Sudan to become leaders in their families and communities, engage in business enterprise, counteract inequalities, improve health practices, and work toward improving society for the benefit of all citizens.
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