My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Project Education Sudan, Denver, CO, USA
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.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
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.