January – March 2021
Our staff in Khartoum have been changing the lives of women and girls throughout the pandemic in quiet, determined and very real ways. Read how in International Women’s Day 2021
A Message from our Country Director 2021 – Working for a Better Future
In January this year we began rebuilding the most severely flood-damaged of our supported orphans’ elementary schools. The rebuilding work has only been possible because our supporters responded so generously to our December 2020 Seasonal Appeal. The rebuilding project is a testimony to schools, parents and local communities working together. The rebuilding is being undertaken by parents and other volunteers at weekends and is making a huge difference to staff and pupil morale. Read more in Community Empowerment in Action
Covid 19 has worsened educational inequality throughout the world. Its impact in Sudan has yet to be fully assessed but is likely to be substantial. The loss of schooling among the poorest makes it even more likely that young girls will never return to the classroom, be compelled to enter low-paid employment or suffer early marriage. While the impact of school closures has rightly occupied the focus of educational research, the impact of loss of women’s literacy classes during the pandemic has been overlooked. See Combatting Learning Poverty to learn how we are making sure our literacy program will meet the challenges of post-pandemic Sudan.
In March we began the first stage of our Teacher Training Program for elementary school teachers, serving some of the most deprived communities in Khartoum. This is an exciting new program for us. It will have enduring positive impact on our supported orphans who attend these schools, the teachers, as they acquire new skills, and the schools and the local community as a whole. Read more in Our Teacher Training Program
Below, some of the Cultural Posts published this year
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we look at the work of the groundbreaking Sudanese novelist, Malikah ad-Dar, in Malikah ad-Dar – Trailblazer.
Dar Al Naim is a remarkable Spanish-Sudanese artist, based in Segovia, Spain. Read about her powerful and vibrant work in Unmaskings
A’jbounii al-layla jou is one of Sudan’s most emblematic songs. Enjoy the song and the heroic story behind it in The Night They Held the Angry Nile at Bay
See too, The Son of the Sultan – a Sudanese folktale, and Historical Sketches – People and Places, A Thousand Prayers