August 2015 Update

Thanks from Some of Our Students

“Education has opened my mind to love this road that leads to success.” -James Atem Zecharia. James Atem is a primary student in Nakuru, Kenya. His father, a priest, was martyred seven years ago. It is hard to believe that out of that tragedy he was gathered into the Hope with South Sudan family and led to this road of education and the promise of a future where life will be fulfilled.

David Angok Atem is a high school student who does not underestimate the gift of being a Hope with South Sudan scholars: “I appreciate my donors for helping me finish my primary school and am now in secondary school”

Mary Lueth Mark, one of our earliest students now in high school, echoes David’s appreciation: ” I thank you, my dear sponsors and it’s my prayer that you are well”

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Update on the Sports for Peace Program

Meetings were held in Kakuma Refugee Camp between July 17th and 22nd with youth leaders, UN officials, and Church officials participating in this peace and reconciliation project organized by the UNHCR. The goal of the meetings were to explain the mission, objectives, and to facilitate the discussion of possible conflicts between participants. They are anticipating starting the games this week.

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2015 Board

Starting September 1st our current director, Jerry Drino, will be stepping down and is handing over the role of leadership to Gabriel Tor and Bol Deng. Due to the fact that Bol is currently located in Utah we are anticipating opening a branch of HWSS at St. Marks Cathedral in Salt Lake City where there is blossoming a Sudanese community. Our main office will remain in San Jose and Father Jerry will hopes to be an active consultant for our new co-directors. We also have three new board members: Joseph Liah, Akech Ajak, and DeDe Patterson.

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Update on our trip to the De Anza College Flea Market
On August 1st, HWSS made $176 at the De Anza College Flea Market. We had a huge success selling African Crafts and raising funds for our students. We are anticipating getting more crafts soon and will have another booth in November or December.

Donations
The Fall Term in Kenya and Uganda will open on September 1st and we are inviting you to renew your partnership with others as we recommit ourselves to the investment fifty-five students in the Hope with South Sudan scholarship program.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 in News, students