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1月9日 南スーダンで選挙が実施され、南部の独立が確実視されています。わかちあいプロジェクトは、1993年以来、ケニヤ、北西部にありますスーダン難民を収容するカクマ難民キャンプを支援してきました。2000年-2001年当時、私たちのスタッフであったバレンチノは、そのごアメリカに移住し、自らの自伝を出版、その売り上げをもとに財団を設立、現在はスーダンで学校建設なの教育活動に取り組んでいます。
今回、朝日新聞に取材してもらいました。
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2000年8月から2001年7月7日まで、わかちあいプロジェクトの現地スタッフとして高村憲明さんがカクマ難民キャンプに赴任していました。ヴァレンチノは、現地スタッフとして高村さんのもとで働いていました。その後2001年9月アメリカに移住することがゆるされました。
  スーダン難民としての彼の体験とアメリカでの生活を、Dave Eggersが自伝的に書き下ろしたのが、“What is the What”です。このなかにも高村さんとの出会いが書かれています。
 高村さんがカクマでやろうとした青年のための様々な活動を、いまバレンチノは郷里のスーダンで取り組んでいます。http://www.valentinoachakdeng.org/   The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation Story(you tube2008.10)

オバマ大統領、カクマ難民キャンプ、難民自伝“What is the What”推薦
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/23114.html 

Dave Eggers’s What Is the What is the novelized autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, from his pre-war life in southern Sudan to his resettlement in the United States. All proceeds from the book go to aiding the Sudanese in America

 

Friends and supporters,

Tomorrow night, Dateline NBC will be airing an hour-long special on Southern Sudan, and Valentino and our high school in Marial Bai will be featured.
George Clooney and NBC News’ Ann Curry recently traveled to Southern Sudan to bring attention to the issues facing the region in the coming months. With Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence scheduled for January 9, many analysts are concerned the vote could reignite conflict.
Our school is featured as a positive counterpoint to the potential crisis. Clooney and Curry visited Marial Bai to see firsthand the work that Valentino’s foundation is doing to promote education in the region. The Marial Bai Secondary School is an example of what has been accomplished since the end of the civil war in 2005 and an example of how much could be lost if Sudan returns to war.

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, December 3, at 10:00pm EST on NBC. Check local listings, and click here for more info.

SUPPORT THE SCHOOL
oin Clooney and help the students of Southern Sudan
Between now and December 31st, we’re raising funds to help the Marial Bai Secondary School grow in 2011, and to lay the groundwork for our future schools across Southern Sudan.

George Clooney, after meeting our students and teaching a class at the school, decided to help launch our holiday fundraising campaign with a capital donation of $20,000 to the VAD Foundation. Clooney’s gift will supply our brand new library with thousands of books,but we need your help to support our students and expand the school.
Here are just a few of our plans for 2011:
Admitting 150 new freshman students
Enrolling nearly 100 young women more female students than any other high school in Southern Sudan
Hiring female teachers from Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda
Installing clean water wells on campus and in the dorms
Building new science and computer labs, all powered by solar
Expanding programs for teacher training, adult literacy, and community education
Help the students of Marial Bai and join actor and activist George Clooney by making a contribution to the VAD Foundation this holiday season!

Or send a gift! A donation to Valentino’s school makes a great holiday gift for a loved one. We’ll send them a letter, letting them know that you supported the Foundation in their name.

Dear friend, 2010.11.26
 
This Thanksgiving, we’d like to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for your support of the Marial Bai Secondary School and our work to improve educational opportunities in Southern Sudan. We are incredibly thankful for your contributions to our work, and we are happy to have the opportunity to share with you just how much progress we have made this year.
 
Our high school in Marial Bai will enter its third academic year in early 2011. The student body will grow to more than 400 students; our new library is one of the first libraries in all of Southern Sudan, and will offer more than 25,000 books; and our newly-constructed girls’ dormitory accommodates more than 100 young women more female students than at any other high school across Southern Sudan.
 
The Marial Bai Secondary School has quickly become one of the region’s premier academic institutions in all of Southern Sudan, with a population of more than 8 million, there are fewer than 10 high schools.
 
Valentino and our work in Sudan have received some great public recognition lately, and we are proud to share these updates with you.
 
 
UPDATES FROM THE FOUNDATION
 
 
 
George Clooney visits our school and donates $20,000 for books
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In October, George Clooney visited our school in Marial Bai while traveling in Sudan with NBC’s Ann Curry and John Prendergast of the Enough Project. In December, we will be featured on a special Sudan episode of Dateline NBC.
 
After spending a day at the school with our students and teaching a class, Clooney asked how he could help. He decided to support our work in Sudan with a gift of $20,000 to provide textbooks for our students, and to stock our brand new library with thousands of books! We are grateful for his generous support.
 
Clooney’s contribution marks the start of our holiday fundraising campaign. To join Clooney by making a gift to the Foundation, click here
 
 
 
Valentino with President Clinton at CGI
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In September, Valentino made a great speech at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York. He was introduced by President Clinton, then spoke about the importance of education in Southern Sudan and announced our goal to build ten secondary schools in the region in the coming years. To hear President Clinton’s
introduction and Valentino’s speech, click here.

 
 
 
NEXT STEPS FOR THE SCHOOL
 
 
To prepare for the 2011 school year, we have a lot of work to do. In addition to supporting the influx of new students, we’ll be running student boarding facilities, a large library, a brand new state-of-the-art science laboratory, and special programs for girls’ education, teacher training, community outreach and adult literacyall while providing the best education available in Southern Sudan for our high school students.
 
This holiday season, we hope you will consider renewing your support of our work in Sudan by making a donation to the VAD Foundation. Your generosity, with a gift of any size, will help ensure that we can continue to create a positive educational impact in the lives of thousands of students in Southern Sudan.
 
Please visit our website to donate, and to learn how your gift will help the students of Marial Bai.
 
With sincere gratitude for your support
 
Happy Thanksgiving,
 
The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
 
 
Find us onFacebookandYouTube
 
Learn about other ways to get involved
Invite Valentino for aspeaking event
Become a volunteer teacher in Sudan.
To volunteer as a grant writer, web developer, or intern,
email volunteer@valentinoachakdeng.org.

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER
THE VALENTINO ACHAK DENG FOUNDATION

 
 
 

Dear friends and supporters,

Happy spring from the VAD Foundation! We’ve been incredibly busy during the last few months, and we have a lot of great news.

In this past Sunday’s New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about his recent trip to Valentino Deng’s hometown of Marial Bai, Southern Sudan, where he visited our high school and met with students.

Kristof describes Valentino’s school as an “exhilarating glimmer in a land laden with troubles.”Click here to read the full column.

The school’s second academic year begins in May. We’re busy finishing construction on a brand new girls’ dormitory on campus, which will accommodate nearly 100 young women?more female students than at any other high school across Southern Sudan in history.

Gifts of any size help the school and our students succeed. A $30 donation provides a full set of textbooks. A girl’s scholarship for one year costs $300, as featured by Kristof. Or, you can sponsor a student for a monthly donation of $21.

A contribution to Valentino’s school also makes a wonderful Mother’s day gift.

Here’s a photo Kristof snapped of Valentino, in front of the school:

And here are a couple photos Valentino took of Kristof, interviewing a student from the school and enjoying a plate of the local food posho:

Of course, a few months ago, Kristof also wrote a great holiday column about Valentino and our efforts to build a girls’ dormitory on campus. That article prompted more than 2,000 donations from readers! Thanks so much to all of our supporters.

After this amazing response, we’ve expanded our plans for 2010. This year will see a lot of progress and improvements at our educational center in Marial Bai. Last May, we opened the first-ever high school in the state of Northern Bahr el Gazal. This year, we will inaugurate the region’s first library, an innovative teacher-training college, and a community center for adult literacy and vocational training. The 15-structure complex will be a new center for education in Southern Sudan as the war-torn region rebuilds and prepares for the possibility of independence next year, Marial Bai will be a beacon of hope.

Here are some early photos of the construction site of the new girls’ dormitory, behind the school:


Construction site of the girls’ dormitory in Marial Bai.

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Bunk beds for the girls’ dorms arriving by truck from Uganda.

Girls’ education is a major challenge in Southern Sudan less than 1% of girls attend high school, and 91% of women are illiterate. Boys are sent to school while girls are kept at home to look after siblings, prepare meals, fetch water, and help with chores. When girls do enroll in school, early forced marriages and pregnancies result in extremely high drop-out rates.

Our new dorm will provide a safe learning environment so that young women can pursue their education without distractions or the threat of early forced marriage. Construction on the dorms will be completed in the coming weeks, just in time for the start of the second academic year in May. We are hiring female teachers and a “dorm mother” to look after the girls, and we will make sure our students have everything they need to succeed.

Thanks to everyone who supported the girls’ dorm fundraising campaign. Many sent their gifts in the names of friends and loved ones. Without your crucial support, this new girls’ dormitory would not exist.?

 

STUDENT PROFILE:
ELIZABETH ALEKIIR AKOON
Based on interviews conducted during fall 2009,
by volunteer teachers David Levine & Kelly McDonough

Elizabeth Alekiir Akoon, 17, will be a sophomore at the Marial Bai Secondary School this year. She grew up in a small fishing village outside Marial Bai. She was married as soon as she graduated fromvalentio10 primary school, and now has a one-year-old baby girl, named Maria. Her husband is attending university in Kenya.

Under normal circumstances, Elizabeth would have to stay at home to raise her daughter and help with housework. “It’s difficult,” she says. “You send boys to school and keep the women at home to cook, to pound grain, to fetch water.” It’s part of a larger problem in Sudan. “Women are not equal,” says Elizabeth. “We stay at home to cook for the boys — and then the boys become men, and they are the ones to go to school.”

But when the Marial Bai Secondary School opened, she told her parents that she wanted to attend. Her parents, at first, were opposed. But then she talked to her mother. “I said to her, ‘Every human being should have a chance to go back to school. Give me a chance.'” Her mother agreed to take care of her baby during the day, while she was at school. Elizabeth was one of the first female students to enroll at Valentino’s school last year.

Our major focus at the Marial Bai Secondary School is to support and educate Southern Sudan’s future women leaders. Elizabeth will be among the first generation of women to pursue secondary education in Southern Sudan. Research shows that investing in girls’ education can help decrease poverty, prevent disease, and lessen violence. When a woman prospers, her family prospers when families prosper, whole communities prosper.

Elizabeth is hopeful about school and her future. “I want to be a nurse,” she says.

To learn more about the Foundation’s efforts for girls’ education, click here.



NEXT STEPS

What’s next for the Foundation In the coming months we’ll be busy furnishing and staffing the girls’ dorm, hiring more teachers, admitting more students, and opening the school for its second academic year in May.

We’re also raising support and seeking sponsors for the following initiatives:

  • A new elementary school. Due to low standards of education in the region’s struggling school system, we realized that students were not adequately prepared for the challenging level of study at our Marial Bai Secondary School. We have decided to develop our own curriculum for primary education, which will be offered at a new elementary school located on the campus of the Marial Bai Educational Center. This will be a new feeder school to prepare students for our high school.
  • Sports facilities behind the school for soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
  • School farms featuring sustainable agriculture, to provide school meals for the students, and to generate a future source of income for the school.
  • Creating a solar-powered computer lab at the school with dozens of computers and internet connectivity. This is a huge undertaking in a remote village like Marial Bai, but we’re determined.
  • Stocking our library with tens of thousands of books and educational materials for the entire Marial Bai community. Shipping books to Sudan is expensive, so we’re buying most of the books from within Africa.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

SUPPORT THE SCHOOL

Support of any size helps our school in Sudan. Below are a few specific ideas, but click here to learn more ways to contribute.

$30 provides one Marial Bai student with a full set of textbooks
$300 sends a girl to school for a year
$1,500 builds a teacher’s house

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You can also send a tax-deductible check to The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, 849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. We are a registered non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and go straight to Sudan for the Marial Bai Secondary School.

HOST AN EVENT OR FUNDRAISER

Valentino recently finished a ten-city speaking tour across the U.S.; he visited schools, universities, churches, and community groups to talk about his collaboration with Dave Eggers to write What Is the What, his return to Sudan, and the work he’s doing now to help send Southern Sudanese children to school.

This fall, we’re scheduling more speaking events and fundraisers. To plan a benefit in your town, learn more here or email info@valentinoachakdeng.org.

VOLUNTEER, PARTNER, OR SPONSOR

The Foundation is a small nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers, partnerships with like-minded organizations, and sponsorships with businesses and corporations.

  • Become a volunteer teacher in Sudan, intern at our San Francisco office, or become an ambassador for Valentino’s school in your home town or state.
  • Connect your school or college with the Marial Bai Secondary School by becoming a “sister school.”
  • Develop a corporate sponsorship between your company and the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

For more information on any of the above, or if you have other ideas for how to partner with us, email info@valentinoachakdeng.org.


Dear Sir,or Madam,
My name is Valentino Achak Deng. I was a Wakachiai staff in kakuma. I used to publish and edit articles in kakuma for Wakachiai project ( www.refugeesvoice.org). I immigrated to the United States of America (Atlanta Georgia) in 2001 and have lost contact with Wakachiai.
I want to restablish my contacts with the Wakachiai’s office in Tokyo, so that I can talk with my Wakachiai friends, specially those visited kakuma before September 2001. How can i do this?
I will appreciate any feedback with high regard.
Yours truly,
Valentino Achak     YouTube(2007.4.30)

Hi Mr. Suguru Matsuki,
It is very exciting to hear from you again. I have alway been thinking about how I can get together with the Wakachiai Project, particularly you. You might know that Wakachiai (late Noriaki) changed my life a lot in Kakuma. I am still very proud that I had served the refugee community in kakuma as Wakachiai staff.
  Well to cut it short, Immigrated in to the United States on September 25, 2001. My flight to America was on September 11, 2001. I was stranded in Nairobi for two weeks before I flow to New York. I have lived in America for two and half years and I am now a college student in Atlanta.
You may introduce my story to Wakachiai website. Just let me know what kind of my story you want to introduce to the Wakachiai webpage and I will write an article about it. I went to kenya and Sudan this past December and I was able to see my family again after seventeen years. I really have a big story that I can write about. I am also working on my autobiography book which will be published in six month. Say hi your to staff, friends and family. Also say hi to late Nariaki’s parents and sister.
Yours faithfuly,
Valentino Achak

左側 高村憲明さん、2001年4月の長野マラソンに参加したカクマのマラソンランナー、デビサさんとラカウさん
4月20日森首相を表敬訪問した。同年1月、首相はカクマ難民キャンプを訪問したが、高村さんも受け入れに協力した。

 

第151回国会における森総理大臣施政方針演説 2001年1月31日

(はじめに)
 第151回国会の開会に当たり、世紀の変わり目に国政を預かる内閣総理大臣として、歴史の巡り合わせに改めてその重責を噛み締めつつ、所信を申し述べたいと思います。
ー中略 ー

(むすび)
   新世紀を迎えた今、国政の舵取りを担う責任の重さを痛切に感じております。
  新しい世紀を希望に満ちあふれたものにするためには、最初の10年が極めて重要であると考えております。古い殻を突き破り、大きく羽ばたくためには、乗り越えなければならない痛みや苦しみがあります。安住してきた古い慣習を断ち切り、未知なる未来へと飛び出すには、強い勇気が必要です。
 ー中略 ー
  私たちは  ひとつの海の   いくつかのしずく
  私たちは  ひとつの大洋の  いくつかの波
  ともに探そう  協調への道
  それが  あなたと私の生きる道

  アフリカの子どもたちが、私のために歌ってくれた詩です。この平和への願いと、子どもたちの希望に輝いた目は、世界のどの国でも同じです。厳しい改革の先にある、豊かな環境に恵まれた平和な日本、そして世界をしっかりと見据え、国民の皆様の声に耳を傾け、国民の皆様と共にこの国をつくっていきたいと考えております。
  国民の皆様並びに議員各位の御理解と御協力を心からお願い申し上げ、私の施政に関する演説を終わります。

この詩は高村さんが訳したものです。4月20日にお会いしたとき、まだポケットに入れて持ち歩かれていたのが印象に残っています。


Valentino with his father in Sudan after 17 years

AUTOBIOGRAPHY in Kakuma Refuggee Camp in 2001 as Wakachiai staff      

y name is Valentino Achak Deng I was born in 1978 in Marialbai in Southern Sudan. I am 22 years old. I left my country in 1987 and went to Ethiopia to seek refuge in a foreign land for the first time in my life due to the existing civil war in Southern Sudan. While in Ethiopia I was settled in a refugee camp [Panyudo] in western Ethiopia with the minors who are currently known as the lost boys from Sudan. The refugee camp in Ethiopia was evacuated in May 1991 when the new government that took over from Megistu Haile Mariam orders the Sudanese refugees to leave the country in a few days time. Following this order I faced a very terrible state of insecurity that was on my way back again to Sudan from Ethiopia and within Sudan.I fled to Sudan again in 1991 but I found the situation very unbearable and trekked on foot over a thousand of mile and crossed the Kenyan border town of Lokichogio and finally got settled in Kakuma in august, 1992 by the united nations high commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR.

While in Kakuma, I found it important to work with young people by mobilizing and involving them in beneficial cultural activities, and build their capacities in different areas through training and exposure. I succeeded to work with the youth and culture program as staff since 1997 as youth social worker (leader) and was in charge of the following activities in the camp.

 

  • ・Drama groups and debating clubs [public speaking session].
  • ・Art training
  • ・Arts production units
  • ・Cultural troupes (dance )
  • ・Youth social action teams. These group offer the first aid assistance, cleaning up campaigns and disaster preventive measures, mudding roofing of houses for the most vulnerable members of the refugee society as well as treatment of minor injuries to reduce so much reliance on hospitals clinic and dispensaries. This youth action team also conduct health awareness campaign in the camp
  • ・Leadership training and behavioral change workshops for the youth.
  • ・Reproductive health training. Despite all of the above work, I have now taken appositive step to the Wakachiai project as a staff of web program for refugees in Kakuma. I will be assisting in other areas of Wakachiai project activities. In deed I have a great pleasure to work with the Wakachiai project and I shall serve both the project and the refugee community to the best of my ability.