October 2013 Updates
Thank you for the generous response to our last newsletter. Many of you responded with concerns and contributions to help with food costs after the floods. For World Hunger Day 2013, The Guardianfeatured the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state where Marial Bai Secondary School is located.
"In Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, South Sudan, where on-going insecurity and environmental issues makes access to food difficult...the food security situation is described as stressed, a result of flooding, cattle rustling, an influx of returning refugees and on-going insecurity."
If you are already a member of the $21-monthly program, you help fight food insecurity for the students at MBSS. If you want to make a difference, you can join today to make a monthly pledge ensuring each student's basic needs are met. The school's nutrition and agriculture programs work to fight regional hunger issues directly by providing access to food, but also look to the future by providing farming and nutrition education.
Your donations helped establish an Agriculture Program at the school, however development of the school farm is still needed. Students can learn how to grow and process both local and non-native crops during weekend programs, while also using crop samples in biology class to explore the science behind plant life and agriculture. This knowledge will combat local malnutrition and serve the students and the community long after they graduate from MBSS. Severe flooding devastated many of the regional crops requiring more of the next year's food to be imported. You can help the school prepare for the next planting season by supporting the purchase of a tractor and seeds.
As we enter the holiday season, the VAD Foundation gives thanks for YOU, our generous community. You make high quality classes and enrichment programs available to hundreds of students in South Sudan. Please keep us is mind during this season of giving!
Spread the word by forwarding our newsletter to friends and family. You have the power to grow our online community by checking us out on Facebook or following VADF on Twitter. We post news and positive articles about the latest happenings in South Sudan and keep you updated on our projects in Marial Bai. Each time you like or share a post or tweet, you make a difference by recruiting your own community to help join our cause. Share the work you make possible and educate others on what still needs to be done in South Sudan!
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