Our Projects

Africa ELI considers the education of girls and young women the single most effective solution to ending endemic civil strife in South Sudan

Our Key Projects Include Scholarship Distribution and Practical Skill Building


Africa ELI pays school fees for secondary students in South Sudan. Eligibility is based on student performance (merit scholars) and girl-child enrollment (Girls Rising scholars) at partner schools. Letters of request, personal interviews, and school administration recommendations guide the selection of students to sponsor. The end-of-term exam results determine sponsorship for the upcoming term.

We currently administer two types of scholarships:

 Academic Sponsorship

Merit scholars are approved Africa ELI-sponsored students who must achieve high performing marks each school term.  Both girls and boys are eligible.

Girls Rising scholars are females who have passing marks from the previous term.

The Laurie Fagg Sluder Memorial Scholarship Fund

The family of Laurie Fagg Sluder established a memorial scholarship which aims to carry on Laurie’s love of learning and passion for empowering young women. Laurie was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend to many. She filled 43 years of life valuing education. She was a speech language pathologist in Knoxville, Tennessee and participated in international mission trips. Contributions given through Laurie’s fund are directed to the Girls Rising sponsorship program.

Practical Skill Building

Note:  Due to the current crisis in South Sudan and recent escalation of violence, we have been forced to temporarily suspend some of our offerings.

Africa ELI has offers a variety of life-skills programming aimed at increasing retention, reducing at-risk behaviors, and preparing students for post-secondary experiences. Activities are open to all students studying in locations where Africa ELI scholars are enrolled.  Program availability is based upon funding.  Since 2008, more than 5,000 young people have had access to one or more of the following program activities:

Health Outreach

Raises awareness of good health and hygiene through volunteering at local hospitals, clinics, and PHCUs.

Green Club

Promotes care for the environment through activities such as planting trees.

Sewing Lessons

Builds skills for entrepreneurial work in tailoring, fashion design, and clothing repair; teaches girls to make one-year reusable sanitary pads.

Radio Debates

Builds confidence and improves communication and English-speaking skills.

Leadership Development Workshops

Provides students and teachers with opportunities to learn about gender equity, meeting management, and leadership styles.

GEM Club Training of Trainers

Emphasizse the importance of education for all through allying girls and boys (Girls Education Movement).


Supports school teams with supplies, First-aid items, and playing fees.

Journalism Club

Provides access to journalists for improved writing and communication skills.

Holiday School

Provides tutoring and extra lessons during term breaks.

Career Days

Introduces various jobs and provides guidance in career selection.

International Visitation

Increases awareness about the world and different cultures; offers access to broad teaching and learning styles.

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