Samuel Manhom, one of the Lost Boys of South Sudan, came to Australia after 12 years in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Inspired by the education he received in Melbourne and the support of Rotary International, Sam wanted to build a community primary school in his former hometown of Rumbek.
South Sudan is one of the newest & poorest countries on the planet. Years of neglect by Khartoum and 20 years of civil war have left a legacy of disrupted social & educational institutions. The new nation faces a huge challenge to build up educational infrastructure.
Sam’s mission is to build a village primary school that will encourage the growth of civil society and contribute towards the building of a new self reliant South Sudan.
The local community granted the land, building plans were drawn and the Lakes State government promised to provide support. During 2015 we established a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek who will provide teachers and operate the school. Then we had to build a school!
The Rotary Club of Manningham very generously kick-started fund raising. Since then we have received support from all over Melbourne.
In 2017 we completed construction of Stage 1 of the project – four classrooms, a well and latrines for teachers & students. Classes are expected to commence soon.
Your help is still needed to help establish and equip the new school.
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