*Photo: Looting of school resources in Leer town
When violence spread across South Sudan in December 2013 we took the difficult decision to refocus our efforts on short term emergency education. Since then we began fundraising for the Keeping Classrooms Open project in the hope of alleviating some of the short term needs of the schools within the town of Leer. Whilst fundraising we continued to monitor the political situation closely.
It comes as a source of great sadness that due to recent upscale in violence and instability in Leer County and the wider Unity State we have now decided to cease fundraising for the Keeping Classrooms Open project. The situation on the ground in Leer is too unstable for us to ensure the resources safe transfer and use as intended.
There is a distinct possibility that the town of Leer will become a key battlgeround in the onoing civil war. Everyone involved with Gua Africa, particularly our founder Emmanuel Jal, is desperately hoping for a lasting peace agreement to be reached as soon as possible. The people of South Sudan have suffered for far too long.
The funds already raised for the Keeping Classrooms Open project will be transferred to our Survivors of War programme where we continue to provide South Sudanese refugees education scholarships so they can forge lasting and successful careers. These young men and women are South Sudan's future leaders and through them South Sudan's future looks bright.
To become a sponsor through our Survivors of War programme click here.