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 not yet been fully assessed but is likely to be substantial. The loss of schooling among the poorest has made 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
Latest News November 2020
We are delighted and honoured to welcome the writer, Leila Aboulela, as our new patron. Read more in Leila Aboulela, where you can also watch and listen to interviews with this remarkable author.
Sudan has suffered the worst floods in decades. Read how we are supporting the schools our sponsored orphans attend in some of the most deprived communities in Khartoum in Rebuilding Hope. You can read about our orphans elementary school support program in From Hardship to Hope Our Orphans Schooling Program
Throughout this year, our Khartoum director and her brave staff have been battling the Covid-19 epidemic and running Covid prevention campaigns in the literacy and orphans communities we serve.
You can read about their courageous and essential work in On the Front Line Coronavirus Prevention, Coronavirus – Our Prevention Work, Coronavirus Sudan Stepping Back from the Abyss 4 The Impact on Women, Coronavirus Sudan Stepping Back from the Abyss 3 – Lockdown, Coronavirus in Sudan Stepping Back from the Abyss Part 2 Economic Impact, Coronavirus in Sudan – Stepping Back from the Abyss The Health Context
Many of our literacy participants suffer severe visual impairment. Read about the life-changing work we do in our Eye Care Programme in Khartoum and our long commitment to eye health.
December 2019’s literacy post is Nothing About Us Without Us and explains our commitment to our stakeholders with disabilities
Some of our proud literacy graduates in November 2019 after attending our two-year community literacy program and passing the official Sudanese state literacy exam. See Celebrating for more on our graduates.
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Latest Cultural Posts
Every month you can read cultural posts on aspects of Sudanese theatre, photography, poetry, literature, art, customs and traditions. Below some of my more recent posts.
An Exploration of the Life and Work of the Anglo-Sudanese Potter, Siddig El Nigoumi
Giving Form to Clay is the first of two blogposts on women potters in Sudan and their untold artistic and technological legacy.
An exclusive Interview with the American Arabic dialectologist and film maker, Bentley Brown, on living in multiple worlds, Sudanese and Chadian Arabic and the challenges of diglossia.
The Sudanese theatre director and film maker, Moniem Ibrahim talks about his stunning dramatization of Uncle Abdur-Raheem:
Delicate Defiance focuses on the visual world of Amel Bashir Taha.
Two Fistfuls of Hope is dedicated to the poetry of the American Sudanese slam poet Emi Mahmoud.