September 2016: Back to School


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Back to School Shopping

If you are shopping for back to school items, consider making your purchases on Amazon Smile because Amazon donates a portion of the sales to the VAD Foundation. 

Food Insecurity in South Sudan
Our staff recently wrote an article that explains the food crises in South Sudan, currently one of the worst food crises in the world, and also one of the most underreported. Read more...

Student of the Month: Rebecca Adut Mathiang

Tell us about yourself. 
My father is a soldier in the army. He has six wives and twenty-three children. He is the one who takes good care of us [children]; sending all of us to school, so I know I should repay him. Read more… 

Meet our volunteers!
The U.S. office relies on the valuable time and dedication of our volunteer staff. Over the past two months, we are happy to include two new stellar recruits.

Sireesha Rayudu manages our Salesforce CRM and advises on the use of technology to deliver enterprise level solutions and achieve organizational goals. She is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and Salesforce Certified Developer with over ten years of experience in Java, J2EE, SharePoint, Salesforce and more. She is available for remote consulting opportunities and lives in Atlanta, GA.

Ali Küçükgöçmen, Communications Intern, writes original content for our website and publications, curates all of our social media content, and manages the website. He is finishing his last semester at U.C. Berkeley where he majors in genetics and English literature with a minor in journalism and German literature.

Meet Valentino in NYC or San Francisco in September!

New York

Valentino will be visiting New York the week of September 18th to attend the CGI Annual Members Meeting. If you live in the NYC metro area, please feel free to email us to join one of the events we have organized that week:

San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors are invited to hear Valentino speak on the topic of South Sudan five years after independence. Valentino will be speaking at the World Affairs Council auditorium on September 28th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Please visit the WAC event page to read more. RSVP by emailing The VAD Foundation has a limited number of free member guest passes. 

From our Field Director

 August 12th marked the end of the term. We celebrated the end of exams with a formal school ceremony. School reopened on Monday August 29, 2016. We are moving forward with our sustainable agriculture program, which the students have named “Drive for a Green Environment.”  This project provides the students with the farming skills they need to produce more food and react to the food crisis in South Sudan.  This month students are harvesting sorghum, semsem and groundnuts. The staff set up proper storage facilities for the harvested crops and is planting over 60 more trees--bringing the number of trees planted this season up to 145. We aim to plant the whole school compound in less than two years.

From our U.S. Office Director

We are currently fundraising for a new project: the South Sudan Employment Initiative. Did you know that only 12% of women and 11% of men in South Sudan are formally employed? That is why, in 2015, the VAD Foundation made a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, titled the South Sudan Employment Initiative. The project will provide vocational training along with financial literacy and business classes to 200 out of school youth over the course of three years. To contact our staff about partnering or making a grant, please email

If you are interested in volunteering, we are currently recruiting Ambassadors to host fundraisers. 
To read more about the Employment Initiative and other news, visit our website or follow us on Facebook One of the best ways to support the work of the VAD Foundation is to share information about South Sudan and the positive impacts being made in South Sudanese communities.

Many thanks, 

The VAD Foundation

"We must provide children with education. 
It's the best way to save them and for South Sudan to end the cycle of wars."

- UNICEF, July 11, 2016






Yvonne Chen