Nicolas Kristof op-ed and New Video

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The VAD Foundation was in the news recently. Read this excerpt from Nicholas Kristof's December 1st op-ed, titled "Forget the Tie, Give a Gift That Matters":

Sure, you can buy your uncle a necktie that he won’t wear, or your niece an Amazon certificate that she’ll forget to use. Or you can help remove shrapnel from an injured child in Syria, or assist students at risk of genocide in South Sudan. 

The major aid organizations have special catalogs this time of year: You can buy an alpaca for a family for $150 at Heifer International, help educate a girl for $75 at Save the Children or help extend a much-admired microsavings program for $25 at Care. But this year my annual holiday gift list is special. I’ve tied some items to the election of Donald Trump, and I’ve looked for organizations that you may not have heard of:....

■ I’ve reported on crimes against humanity unfolding in South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, and now the United Nations is warning of the risk of full-blown genocide. In this impossible situation, a South Sudan-born American named Valentino Deng is running a high school, one of few still functioning. It needs support so students can get an education and build their country.

You may remember Valentino: He’s the “lost boy” at the center of Dave Eggers’s best-selling book “What Is the What.” What he has done since, in founding this school, is even more impressive.

New Video
In celebration of our #10thAnniversary we have made this 10-year-anniversary video about the VAD Foundation's history and impact on Facebook. If you are not in a position to make a monetary donation, you can still help. Share the work you are making possible and educate others on what still needs to be done in South Sudan. So spread the word by forwarding the video to a friend. 

Getting There: A Season to Give
As of December 18th, we are at 60% ($144,000) of our End of Year fundraising goal ($240,000). Thank you to those who have already made your gift this year. For those who have not, don't forget that this year you can also earmark funds for the South Sudan Employment Initiative or a university scholarship fund for MBSS graduates like Mary. Below are photos of Mary and our girl seniors from our trip in November:

Yvonne Chen