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.
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.
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.