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Who We Are and Our Mission: The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation (SSSF) is a grass-roots, non-profit organization created to help the children of South Sudan attain their dream of an education. As an organization we provide scholarships, tuition assistance, and other educational support to vulnerable children from the Republic of The Sudan.

Our mission is to provide Sudanese children with the universal right of a happy childhood, and to help them achieve their dreams through the provision of education.

Why South Sudan

491px-southernsudanmap.pngWhy South Sudan? Following its independence, Sudan experienced a half-century of civil war between the largely Arab-Muslim North and the black-African South.  Nearly 2 million South Sudanese were killed, and 4 million more displaced from their homes.  Innumerous human rights abuses were committed against the South, and development there has been at a standstill since the fighting began in the late 1950’s. 

Even after the signing of a peace deal in 2005 the South has remained marginalized, and as in all humanitarian crises, the children have suffered the worst.


Your Gift

Donate Today! Your donation will go directly to the education, health care and safety of SSSF students who are today, thriving at a fantastic school in Uganda.  SSSF operates with as little organizational costs as possible meaning: no paid employees, donated marketing services and grassroots fundraising campaigns.  It costs $475 per year for each student to attend schools with proper uniforms and supplies.  Sponsor a year of school today!


The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded by three Skidmore College students during the spring of their senior year. Today the board of directors remains those three friends. In the Fall of 2007 Tyler Arnot took a semester off to work with a large humanitarian organization in South Sudan. There he met many impressive young Sudanese students whose lives and education were at risk. In order to ensure their safety, health and education Tyler's colleague and survivor of the Sudanese Civil War, Acen, told him that they had to be sent to more stable and developed countries. Tyler contacted his friends at Skidmore who organized a fundraiser to help one of these children, Manasseh. The event was so successful that they could pay for three students to travel to Uganda and enroll in one of East Africa’s best boarding schools. Upon Tyler’s return to Skidmore he and two of those friends, Evan Bjorklund and John Kotsinonos, established The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation to make the dream of education a lasting prospect for the children of South Sudan. Help us continue this work by donating today! 

SSSF Today

Our original students are exemplary of the type of children SSSF strives to support.  They were selected as high-achieving students with severe obstacles to their health, safety and education. 

Today Madalena, Manasseh and Rhoda are in one of the best boarding schools in East Africa located just outside of Uganda's capital, Kampala.  They started at their new school in the spring of 2008 with specialized tutoring in English and Swahili, the languages of instruction in Uganda.  Since then they have begun to flourish as they once did in South Sudan.  Furthermore they have begun to participate in athletics!  Considering their health upon leaving South Sudan this is a remarkable sign of their improved situations!  

Help to ensure the health, safety and education of Madalena, Manasseh and Rhoda by donating to SSSF today! 
Conflict Makes Millions Miss School

Reprinted from Al-Jazeera

Friday March 10, 2011 

Armed conflict is robbing 28 million children of an education, by keeping them out of school where they are often targets of sexual abuse and violence, according to a report released by UNESCO.

Released on Tuesday, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report warned that of the world's primary school aged children not attending schools, 42 per cent of these live in poor countries that are wracked by conflict.

"Armed conflict remains a major roadblock to human development in many parts of the world, yet its impact on education is widely neglected," Irina Bokova, UNESCO director general, said in a statement released at the report's launch in Dakar.

This often leads to a vicious cycle where poverty and lack of development are reinforced by a lack of education, and the risk of further conflict is heightened as millions of youths fail to find employment.

Thirty-five countries were affected by armed conflict from 1999 to 2008, of which 15 are in sub-Saharan Africa.

'Legitimate targets'

"Children and schools are on the front line of these conflicts with classrooms, teachers and pupils seen as legitimate targets," UNESCO's statement said.

In Afghanistan, at least 613 attacks on schools were recorded in 2009, up from 347 in 2008, while insurgents in northwestern Pakistan have made numerous attacks on girls' schools including one in which 95 girls were injured.

Children are also being used as soldiers in 24 countries including the Congo, Chad, the Central African Republic, Myanmar and Sudan, the report said.

UNESCO cited evidence in reports from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, that rape and sexual violence are widely used as a weapon of war in many countries.

"Many victims are young girls,'' the report said, citing Congo, where one-third of rapes involve children and 13 per cent are carried out against children under the age of 10.

According to the report, insecurity and fear associated with sexual violence keeps young girls in particular out of school.

Increased military budgets

UNESCO warned that armed conflict is also diverting public funds from education into military spending.

Currently, 21 developing countries budget more for military spending than primary education, and pressure has grown on national budgets in the wake of the financial crisis.

Education represents only two per cent of humanitarian aid, the report says, estimating that it would take just six days of military spending by aid donors to close the $16bn external financing gap in achieving education for all.

While the report notes some progress in education in a few of the world's poorest countries, UNESCO said the world was "falling too slowly" to meet the goal of Education for All by 2015, that over 160 countries signed up to in 2000.

In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 10 million children drop out of primary school every year and about 38 per cent of the region's adults (167 million people) still lack basic literacy skills - most of them women.

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is one of four Nobel laureates that endorsed the report, introduced it, saying: "It documents in stark detail the sheer brutality of the violence against some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including its schoolchildren, and it challenges world leaders of all countries, rich and poor, to act decisively."

South Sudan: Illiteracy Denies Women Rights
Reprinted from The Sudan Tribune
Tuesday March 10, 2009

By Philip Thon Aleu

March 9, 2009 (BOR TOWN) – Organized groups of women marched to Bor Town Freedom Square on Sunday March 8 as expected to mark the International Women Day but few could express how their rights are  being violated. High rate of illiteracy in South Sudan, debits about 80% women, has always denied women opportunity to claim their rights.

Margaret Atim Oola, an Acholi working in Bor Town whose home is in Juba, acknowledges that educated ladies are better than their illiterate counterparts but traditional norms challenge this emancipation.

"Illiterate women are more harassed than those educated. But as a lady, each time I return home, I encounter some problems from in-laws who say my husband has made a mistake to allow me working in a distance place like Bor," she said.

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