PROJECT EDUCATION SUDAN

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 124 Jackson St c/o Carol Francis-Rinehart Denver CO 80206 USA

Mission: Project Education Sudan (PES) is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and a registered NGO with the Government of Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission. PES was created as a partnership of Sudanese and Americans in response to the destruction that resulted from the twenty-year civil war between northern and southern Sudan. Our mission is to fund and assist indigenous Sudanese organizations and communities that create educational infrastructure in rural southern Sudan. We support building of primary and secondary schools, as well as adult education and teacher training. We believe that sustained prosperity and self-sufficiency in southern Sudan is dependent on the education of children and adults. We emphasize the inclusion of girls and women in the education opportunities we promote.
Geographic areas served: Southern Sudan

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

PES has financed three schools in rural villages in southern Sudan. It works in partnership with the villagers themselves and promotes a sustainable model in which the Sudanese themselves take a leading role. PES emphasizes the inclusion of girls in the opportunities it promotes and takes steps, such as providing grinding mills, which free up the girls from their domestic chores so they can go to school. PES now has a representative on the ground in Sudan to monitor construction, etc. PES has significant connections in southern Sudan which allow it to successfully deliver services in a country where years of civil war have destroyed any infrastructure. Southern Sudan is perhaps the neediest country on earth when it comes education. PES is doing the best work out there in this area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

actually accomplishing educational results in a country which has been devastated by years of war and which is in desperate need of literacy improvements.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

There is something amazing about the small role one can play, watching a nation being built one village at a time. Project Education Sudan (PES) was founded on the simple principles of community, self-sufficiency and hope for the people of southern Sudan through the support of indigenous organizations that make primary, secondary and adult education available for all. These principles I have always believed in, but what I experience in Sudan with PES was the product of these lived principles within three amazing communities in Jonglei. Talking with the teachers, community elders, and students within each of these villages brought home how important sustainable community partnerships are in birthing nations after long civil wars.I have spent time in Africa over the last 20 years working in leadership development and the amount relationship development and project completion that PES has been able to accomplish in the last 5 years is simple astounding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

impact through personal experience in the fields of Southern Sudan. The amount of work they have accomplished in such a short time and with the communities strength, support and commitment is unprecedented in the non-profit field.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering with Project Education Sudan (PES) in its early stages as an organization so I had the opportunity to witness much of the growth that took place at the beginning. A big part of what makes PES a success is the tireless work of the volunteers which run it, and especially the fearless CEO Carol Rinehart with the support of her husband Richard Rinehart. With an all unpaid staff (at least when I left to go to graduate school in the UK) a higher percentage than normal in most non-profits of donation money makes it to the people who actually need it. What also makes PES stand out is the fact they have Sudanese working as part of the staff. Having people with firsthand knowledge of the project areas, and with connections there, is absolutely priceless. In the context of this website, and empowering women, PES definitely belongs to have a place. My background is in community water and sanitation, and I am very proud of the model PES used even before I joined on, which is to drill a well at each of the school locations. This enables local girls to go to the newly built schools rather than spending all day fetching water for the family at some distant well. PES has always put the importance of equal education at the forefront of everything they do, and this I think is very unique.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The years I volunteered for this organization, and the trip I went on with PES to Southern Sudan in 2008.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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PES does now have a paid "dry season" Jan-June contract Field Coordinator Panther Kelei which I worked to train this past trip to Sudan Jan-March. He has provided invaluable field reports with images of school construction and programs in progress for our donors and newsletters. We are paying him with support from other PES partners sharing the cost of his salary. It enables our PES philosophy of empowering the Sudanese in leadership development and creating a sustainable culture at each school site. We are now a registerd NGO with the government of Southern Sudan and able to work with CARE , UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, JAM, World Food Programme, Save the Children among other international and indigenour NGO's operating in Southern Sudan.

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with non-profit organizations and fund raising for decades (I have been involved in that time with raising nearly a billion dollars). The two questions I have to answer most often is are the fund raising costs low (will my money go to the non-profit organization to do some good or is it going to overhear) and what does the organization do with the money. From personal experience with PES, the costs of the organization are VERY low. In addition, money raised goes to building schools and the ancillary needs that aid education (grinders so women can grind grain grain as they are expected to do AND go to school). It is a five star organization to me!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced results indirectly as I have seen their end result (pictures of schools being built, children in classes) and through testimonials of those from Sudan who have been impacted by PES's work.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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PES is now working with the government of South Sudan. We are now a registered NGO and work directly with the Ministry of Education both at a state and county level. We also work with GoSS at the county, village levels as well. It has provided us the necessary documents that allows us to fully participate with the country, state and local levels.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Women's College at the University of Denver, where I teach, is an undergraduate program for nontraditional women. We formed a "sister school" program with the boarding primary girls school in Southern Sudan. To celebrate our partnership, the students raised funds to purchase 600 bookpacks and 1600 pairs of underwear for the young girls at the school. The bookpacks and underwear were delivered in January 2010. The pictures of the girls receiving our gifts and the stories were wonderful. They were so appreciative and our TWC students were so impressed with the motivation of the Ayak Anguei students and with Project Education Sudan's commitment to the education of young females.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

coordinating a fundraiser to provide essentials for the female students in the girls school.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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The relationship PES has with The Women's College University of Denver has been a very empowering experience for the girls at the only all girls primary school, Ayak Anguei in the area that PES helps build. The book packs filled with panties are an out ward symbol of pride for the girls that says" I am a student who is getting an education in a country where not too many girls have the opportunity". They wear them with pride and confidence!Thank you Dr. Carol Zak Dance for the inspiration you have provided for your women students to be able to fully participate in making a significant difference in the lives of girls in Sudan.

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As a donor of PES, I know the money I contibuted toward the much needed dormitories makes a direct impact on the lives of the girls at Ayak Anguei. PES brings back field reports from their annual trips and shares the progress and delightful antidotes of some of the over 600 girls who attend the only all girls school in the area. The girl's pride in their school and education is a very precious gift that I can help bring to them through the relationship Project Education Sudan has personally developed in the villages where they help build educational infrastructure. It is important to me that PES supports, encourages and empowers the girls and women of the school villages they work with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the biennial Arts & Artifacts benefit. They provide a quality and personal atmosphere in the work and fundraisers they plan and hold.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I feel my talents and time are supported and valued. I also enjoy the volunteers and interns. They are sincere, hard working and generous with their ideas and work collaboratively together making it fun to see the outcome of the ideas ripen to fruition!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, young, old, middle aged, big hearted energetic diverse,land from all walks of life!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire a full time admin and development director ( PR/Media) so PES is as well known in the U. S. as it is in Southern Sudan!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Thank you for your support for the much needed dormitory that is now under construction! We are hoping to raise the funds for the other dorm this coming year so the other girls don't have to sleep on the groud of the classrooms at night, warding off scorpions and snakes!

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Being an intern with PES was a great experience. The people who work with PES are friendly, highly collaborative, and very creative. Everyone is passionate about what PES does for the communities in Southern Sudan and women. Every cent of their funding goes towards their meaningful and impacting projects. They are transparent in the way they work and make the money raised go as far as possible in the villages they visit and work with. From grinding mills and sewing machines to all girls' schools, PES emphasizes and encourages empowerment and sustainability of women. It is clear that efforts like this are what really catalyzes change in countries like Southern Sudan and around the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen pictures from the areas that PES works and have heard and read first hand accounts of how the organization's projects have impacted the lives of women positively.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Women's College of the University of Denver became a sister school of the Ayak Angui Girls' School in Southern Sudan. The students wanted to send something meaningful and useful to the girls so we raised funds to purchase book packs, stuffed them with panties (a much needed item for the girls), photos and letters. The girls we so appreciative of the encouragement and support! TWC students also assisted PES at the Annual Art & Artifacts Benefits where we got to view artwork and artifacts of Southern Sudan and connect with the Lost Boys and other members of PES who reminded us why the work we were doing together was so very important.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the photos and letters from the girls at Anyak Angui girl school and the well documented trips to Southern Sudan by PES staff members provide volunteers with the amazing results of their fundraising efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Project Education Sudan is one of few organizations working directly with local communities in rural Southern Sudan to enhance education in the area, especially for girls and women. PES not only helps the communities build schools for girls to attend, but also provides grain grinders to free up the girls from the daily chore of grinding the grain by hand (a very time consuming task that can often prevent a girl from being able to attend school). With the help of Project Education Sudan, these children are given an opportunity for a better future and most importantly hope. It is a privledge to work with such a dedicated and integral organization like Project Education Sudan.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fundraising events, newsletters and updates on school construction projects

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Project Education Sudan is an organization who values the relationships of all they serve. They work in partnership with and respect the decisions and perspectives of the community leaders they work together with. Their actions speak for them. They truly work toward promoting self sufficiency and sustainabilty and develop capable and strong Sudanese leadership in all they do. Their promotion of women's empowerment and focus on the girl child is a corner stone of their work. I find working with PES is a honor and has been a life changing experince for me. All they do is top drawer and executed with courtesy, respect and integrity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that they utilze each person's talents, make them feel they are a vital part of the organization and acknowlege your time, commitment and dedication.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an office outside of the ED's home, continue to have more Sudanese develpment here in the U. S. and in Sudan and get a donated office space.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The relationships with the wonderful people who volunteer with PES and especially the developing relationships with the local Sudanese and the Lost Boys and Girls who are an important and vital part of the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional,friendly, educated, committed and excited to be with the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Finish all 3 schools, set up a permanent teacher training program allowing Sudanese to be educated and trained as teachers, set up health care units in each school site, start an agricultural community garden program, set up college scholarships...& more!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to commit. If PES had more resources for admin support and day to day functioning. The ED seems to work too hard !

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Volunteer, unpaid staff( except for a part time admin asst.) The organization does a great job filling the jobs with great interns from local universities,and the volunteers do a heart felt job! Also needs a fundraising professional to help raise more $$.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Given the organization is only going on 4 years old, they have established a very good reputation and known to do what they say they are going to do!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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