Education is transforming lives in South Sudan!
Dreams can come true! Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi’s dream of building a school complex for the children of their home village, Mayen Abun has been realized-- thanks to the generous donors and supporters of Building Minds in South Sudan (BMISS). Sebastian and Mathon value the importance of an education because they were able to receive one, beginning at a refugee camp in Kenya and finishing in the United States.
For years, school in Mayen Abun, South Sudan took place” undertree” due to the destruction of the school during a lengthy and terrible war between the north and south. Today, as a result of the work of Building Minds in South Sudan, a new school complex, Ajong Primary School, has been completed for the education of the children of Mayen Abun. When construction began in 2012, 365 children were attending. As more parents witnessed the school going up, they began sending their children to the Ajong Primary School. 817 children now attend of whom 304 are girls. Classes are held in double sessions with 50 students per classroom. The complex has 8 classrooms, three sets of latrines and three small offices. The Ajong Primary School, completed in 2015, now has the largest enrollment of any primary school in all of South Sudan.
Another dream is waiting to be fulfilled. The mothers and daughters of the village have asked Sebastian and Mathon to build “brick and mortar” classrooms to replace their “under tree” Majok Keen Primary School. The women of the village have been making brick for almost two years. A ground breaking ceremony was held in January, 2016 beginning of first phase of construction; a foundation for four classrooms and two classrooms have been completed . Thanks to a major grant from the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and generous donors, it is hoped the Majok Keen Primary School can be completed in 2017.