スーダン難民としての彼の体験とアメリカでの生活を、Dave Eggersが自伝的に書き下ろしたのが、“What is the What”です。このなかにも高村さんとの出会いが書かれています。
高村さんがカクマでやろうとした青年のための様々な活動を、いまバレンチノは郷里のスーダンで取り組んでいます。http://www.valentinoachakdeng.org/ The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation Story（you tube2008.10)
オバマ大統領、カクマ難民キャンプ、難民自伝“What is the What”推薦
Dave Eggers’s What Is the What is the novelized autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, from his pre-war life in southern Sudan to his resettlement in the United States. All proceeds from the book go to aiding the Sudanese in America
Friends and supporters,
Tomorrow night, Dateline NBC will be airing an hour-long special on Southern Sudan, and Valentino and our high school in Marial Bai will be featured.
George Clooney and NBC News’ Ann Curry recently traveled to Southern Sudan to bring attention to the issues facing the region in the coming months. With Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence scheduled for January 9, many analysts are concerned the vote could reignite conflict.
Our school is featured as a positive counterpoint to the potential crisis. Clooney and Curry visited Marial Bai to see firsthand the work that Valentino’s foundation is doing to promote education in the region. The Marial Bai Secondary School is an example of what has been accomplished since the end of the civil war in 2005 and an example of how much could be lost if Sudan returns to war.
SUPPORT THE SCHOOL
oin Clooney and help the students of Southern Sudan
Between now and December 31st, we’re raising funds to help the Marial Bai Secondary School grow in 2011, and to lay the groundwork for our future schools across Southern Sudan.
George Clooney, after meeting our students and teaching a class at the school, decided to help launch our holiday fundraising campaign with a capital donation of $20,000 to the VAD Foundation. Clooney’s gift will supply our brand new library with thousands of books,but we need your help to support our students and expand the school.
Here are just a few of our plans for 2011:
Admitting 150 new freshman students
Enrolling nearly 100 young women more female students than any other high school in Southern Sudan
Hiring female teachers from Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda
Installing clean water wells on campus and in the dorms
Building new science and computer labs, all powered by solar
Expanding programs for teacher training, adult literacy, and community education
Help the students of Marial Bai and join actor and activist George Clooney by making a contribution to the VAD Foundation this holiday season!
Or send a gift! A donation to Valentino’s school makes a great holiday gift for a loved one. We’ll send them a letter, letting them know that you supported the Foundation in their name.
t of $20,000 to provide textbooks for our students, and to stock our brand new library with thousands of books! We are grateful for his generous support.
In September, Valentino made a great speech at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York. He was introduced by President Clinton, then spoke about the importance of education in Southern Sudan and announced our goal to build ten secondary schools in the region in the coming years. To hear President Clinton’s
introduction and Valentino’s speech, click here.
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THE VALENTINO ACHAK DENG FOUNDATION
Dear friends and supporters,
Happy spring from the VAD Foundation! We’ve been incredibly busy during the last few months, and we have a lot of great news.
In this past Sunday’s New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about his recent trip to Valentino Deng’s hometown of Marial Bai, Southern Sudan, where he visited our high school and met with students.
Kristof describes Valentino’s school as an “exhilarating glimmer in a land laden with troubles.”Click here to read the full column.
The school’s second academic year begins in May. We’re busy finishing construction on a brand new girls’ dormitory on campus, which will accommodate nearly 100 young women?more female students than at any other high school across Southern Sudan in history.
A contribution to Valentino’s school also makes a wonderful Mother’s day gift.
Here’s a photo Kristof snapped of Valentino, in front of the school:
And here are a couple photos Valentino took of Kristof, interviewing a student from the school and enjoying a plate of the local food posho:
Of course, a few months ago, Kristof also wrote a great holiday column about Valentino and our efforts to build a girls’ dormitory on campus. That article prompted more than 2,000 donations from readers! Thanks so much to all of our supporters.
After this amazing response, we’ve expanded our plans for 2010. This year will see a lot of progress and improvements at our educational center in Marial Bai. Last May, we opened the first-ever high school in the state of Northern Bahr el Gazal. This year, we will inaugurate the region’s first library, an innovative teacher-training college, and a community center for adult literacy and vocational training. The 15-structure complex will be a new center for education in Southern Sudan as the war-torn region rebuilds and prepares for the possibility of independence next year, Marial Bai will be a beacon of hope.
Here are some early photos of the construction site of the new girls’ dormitory, behind the school:
Construction site of the girls’ dormitory in Marial Bai.
Bunk beds for the girls’ dorms arriving by truck from Uganda.
Girls’ education is a major challenge in Southern Sudan less than 1% of girls attend high school, and 91% of women are illiterate. Boys are sent to school while girls are kept at home to look after siblings, prepare meals, fetch water, and help with chores. When girls do enroll in school, early forced marriages and pregnancies result in extremely high drop-out rates.
Our new dorm will provide a safe learning environment so that young women can pursue their education without distractions or the threat of early forced marriage. Construction on the dorms will be completed in the coming weeks, just in time for the start of the second academic year in May. We are hiring female teachers and a “dorm mother” to look after the girls, and we will make sure our students have everything they need to succeed.
Thanks to everyone who supported the girls’ dorm fundraising campaign. Many sent their gifts in the names of friends and loved ones. Without your crucial support, this new girls’ dormitory would not exist.?
ELIZABETH ALEKIIR AKOON
Based on interviews conducted during fall 2009,
by volunteer teachers David Levine & Kelly McDonough
Elizabeth Alekiir Akoon, 17, will be a sophomore at the Marial Bai Secondary School this year. She grew up in a small fishing village outside Marial Bai. She was married as soon as she graduated from primary school, and now has a one-year-old baby girl, named Maria. Her husband is attending university in Kenya.
Under normal circumstances, Elizabeth would have to stay at home to raise her daughter and help with housework. “It’s difficult,” she says. “You send boys to school and keep the women at home to cook, to pound grain, to fetch water.” It’s part of a larger problem in Sudan. “Women are not equal,” says Elizabeth. “We stay at home to cook for the boys — and then the boys become men, and they are the ones to go to school.”
But when the Marial Bai Secondary School opened, she told her parents that she wanted to attend. Her parents, at first, were opposed. But then she talked to her mother. “I said to her, ‘Every human being should have a chance to go back to school. Give me a chance.'” Her mother agreed to take care of her baby during the day, while she was at school. Elizabeth was one of the first female students to enroll at Valentino’s school last year.
Our major focus at the Marial Bai Secondary School is to support and educate Southern Sudan’s future women leaders. Elizabeth will be among the first generation of women to pursue secondary education in Southern Sudan. Research shows that investing in girls’ education can help decrease poverty, prevent disease, and lessen violence. When a woman prospers, her family prospers when families prosper, whole communities prosper.
Elizabeth is hopeful about school and her future. “I want to be a nurse,” she says.
To learn more about the Foundation’s efforts for girls’ education, click here.
What’s next for the Foundation In the coming months we’ll be busy furnishing and staffing the girls’ dorm, hiring more teachers, admitting more students, and opening the school for its second academic year in May.
We’re also raising support and seeking sponsors for the following initiatives:
- A new elementary school. Due to low standards of education in the region’s struggling school system, we realized that students were not adequately prepared for the challenging level of study at our Marial Bai Secondary School. We have decided to develop our own curriculum for primary education, which will be offered at a new elementary school located on the campus of the Marial Bai Educational Center. This will be a new feeder school to prepare students for our high school.
- Sports facilities behind the school for soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
- School farms featuring sustainable agriculture, to provide school meals for the students, and to generate a future source of income for the school.
- Creating a solar-powered computer lab at the school with dozens of computers and internet connectivity. This is a huge undertaking in a remote village like Marial Bai, but we’re determined.
- Stocking our library with tens of thousands of books and educational materials for the entire Marial Bai community. Shipping books to Sudan is expensive, so we’re buying most of the books from within Africa.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SUPPORT THE SCHOOL
$30 provides one Marial Bai student with a full set of textbooks
$300 sends a girl to school for a year
$1,500 builds a teacher’s house
You can also send a tax-deductible check to The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, 849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. We are a registered non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and go straight to Sudan for the Marial Bai Secondary School.
HOST AN EVENT OR FUNDRAISER
Valentino recently finished a ten-city speaking tour across the U.S.; he visited schools, universities, churches, and community groups to talk about his collaboration with Dave Eggers to write What Is the What, his return to Sudan, and the work he’s doing now to help send Southern Sudanese children to school.
The Foundation is a small nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers, partnerships with like-minded organizations, and sponsorships with businesses and corporations.
- Become a volunteer teacher in Sudan, intern at our San Francisco office, or become an ambassador for Valentino’s school in your home town or state.
- Connect your school or college with the Marial Bai Secondary School by becoming a “sister school.”
- Develop a corporate sponsorship between your company and the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.
For more information on any of the above, or if you have other ideas for how to partner with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.