Sponsor a Student

The VAD Foundation is a nonprofit organization working in South Sudan to create community-driven development projects. Established by Valentino Deng and Dave Eggers after the publication of What is the What, the Foundation's first major project is the construction and operation of an 18-structure educational complex in Valentino's hometown of Marial Bai, South Sudan.

Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS) has increased access to excellent secondary education, trained teachers, created equal opportunities for girls, and promoted literacy for children and adults in the region. MBSS is the highest ranking South Sudanese secondary school that is free for students to attend, a true leader in the movement to educate the new nation of South Sudan. 

*Student sponsorship certificates are available upon request. A perfect gift for your loved one. 


Gifts are accepted via cash, check or online.

Checks may be mailed to:

The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
849 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Your gift could double if your company has a matching gift program. Please ask your human resources office for the appropriate forms and guidelines. 

Please contact the U.S. office (yvonne@vadfoundation.org) to contribute by phone or discuss any of the following:
• Monthly payment plans
• Tax receipts or donation summaries
• Contributions of stock and securities
• Contributions of property - e.g. real estate or vehicles
• Planned Giving: Please consider including the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation of the USA, in your will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.