How We Help
Education and literacy are proven powerful tools to end war and poverty and the hopelessness that they bring. Hope for Humanity, Inc. is dedicated to helping the people of South Sudan overcome the destruction wrought by two decades of civil war and move on to build their new independent nation by providing youth with education.
Hope for Humanity, Inc. (HFH) is committed to the idea that education is the best way to help the South Sudanese become self-supporting. Its commitment is manifest in Hope and Resurrection Secondary School (HRSS) in Atiaba, South Sudan. Conceived in 2004 and built in 2007, the school and the education it provides helps to promote and enable those who have suffered from war and those displaced refugees returning home to rebuild their lives by providing education.
The school, a ten classroom, two-building structure, opened in May 2008, with a freshman class of 64 ninth grade students. Now in 2019, our twelfth year of operation, our student body has grown to 350 students. We now provide a high quality education and daily lunch to 100 girls and 250 boys. The school has successfully graduated eight classes.
The school's academic year runs from March until December with a three week break in August. The school's permanent structure allows classes to continue through the rainy season. Textbooks and school supplies are provided for each student and classes are led by university-trained teachers from South Sudan and Uganda. Students are empowered to become leaders in their communities. Quality secondary education is a true luxury in South Sudan, especially in rural areas.
In addition to providing strong academics, we are committed to teaching gender equity and peace reconciliation. Educating girls in a co-ed environment that promotes gender equality is convincing young South Sudanese women of their created value, and teaching young South Sudanese men that girls are their equals as they compete with them in the classroom. It is changing the cultural norms. These changes are helping to end the practice of early child marriage.
Our addition of a girls' dormitory built in 2013, allows the female students a safe environment to remain in school. It has made a real difference in the girls' academic performance! Our girls are now performing academically as well as the boys. Gender equality is critical to developing the nation.
In addition to providing a quality learning environment, we also provide a daily nutritious lunch of rice and beans so that our students are well-equipped to learn and perform. This is likely to be many students only meal for the day. (Currently, as many as 7.5 million people, nearly two in every three people in South Sudan are food insecure, according to the UN Humanitarian Overview in 2016.)
With a hot meal, textbooks, a permanent structure and trained teachers, our students are provided a safe and focused learning environment. We need your support to continue to provide an exceptional and unique education for the youth of this region.
Hope and Resurrection Secondary School fulfills three of the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000: